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Trio of new Volvo tippers for ME Saunders & Sons

Volvo FM 500 Globetrotter 6x2 tractor unit

Volvo bulk up their share of ME Saunders & Sons tipper fleet with three more FM trucks

ULVERSTON-based bulk transport operators ME Saunders & Sons have taken delivery of a new Volvo FM 500 Globetrotter 6x2 tractor unit, with two more set to follow. The three new FMs replace trucks from a rival manufacturer in the business’ 18-strong fleet.

Working out of various quarries in Cumbria and delivering a range of aggregates to the firm’s customer base across the north of England, the trucks have been chosen due to Volvo’s proven reliability and the excellent working environment provided by the latest version of the FM.

Supplied by Karl Davies, customer solutions manager at Thomas Hardie Commercials, the three trucks are powered by Volvo’s proven D13K Euro 6 engine, producing up to 500hp and a peak torque figure of 2,500Nm – providing plenty of power for pulling ME Saunders & Sons’ heavy bulk loads.

Rowland Saunders, co-owner of the family-run firm, said: ‘We’ve had a long tradition of running Volvos and chose them again this time because we have always found them to be more reliable and robust than the other manufacturers we’ve had in the fleet.

‘We did look at some other options, but the FM came out on top because we know they won’t let us down – you can’t afford to have vehicles off the road in this line of work. The new cab interior of the FM is really impressive, very comfortable and everything is where it should be – the driver of the first one that we’ve had delivered likes it a lot, with the next two due to arrive very shortly.’

The new FM Globetrotter cab offers more space than ever before, including a wealth of smart storage for the driver’s belongings, whilst raised A pillars, combined with a large windscreen, low door line, and modern mirrors, deliver excellent all-round visibility.

ME Saunders & Sons have also specified the three new 44-tonne FMs with multiple options packs, adding desirable features including full electronic air-conditioning, adjustable steering wheel with neck tilt, DAB radio, 28-litre upper-wall-mounted fridge, and an ultra-comfy bunk set-up.

Built on a 4,100mm wheelbase, the three FMs are driven through Volvo’s I-Shift 12-speed automated gearbox and are expected to clock up between 130,000km and 150,000km per year. All three trucks have been supplied on hire-purchase agreements via Volvo Financial Services.

The new trucks will be paired with Fruehauf and Wilcox bulk tipper trailers – delivering a variety of aggregate materials, including sand and stone, as well as coal and salt.

‘We’re working mainly across the north of England, but we do get further afield occasionally,’ added Mr Saunders. ‘These new FMs are a big step up on the trucks we are replacing. It’s early days, but we’re expecting good fuel figures and the payload matches anything else we have run before.’

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