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Two new Volvo tippers for Elliotts

Volvo eight-wheel tipper trucks

Almost perfect reliability convinces company to add a pair of Volvo FM 8x4 tippers to its fleet

A LONG-term, profitable relationship with his local dealer and the ‘almost perfect reliability’ of other Volvo eight-wheelers in his fleet were just two of the factors which convinced Nick Elliott, managing director of Elliotts (Cheltenham) Ltd, to invest in two new FM 8x4 tippers.

Supplied by Truck and Bus Wales & West Ltd, the two Volvo FMs feature Volvo’s 11-litre engine, rated at 410hp, and the fully-automated Volvo I-Shift gearbox. Bodywork was supplied by Wilcox and the tipping gear comprises an Edbro single-ram, front-mounted DX-16.

 

The latest Volvo tippers join a fleet of 18 other trucks ranging in weight from 12 tonnes to 32 tonnes gross. Elliotts (Cheltenham) Ltd source sand, gravel and other aggregate products from their own quarries in addition to carrying out muck-away jobs.

‘The two new Volvos will be employed hauling sand and gravel only,’ explained Nick Elliott. ‘For this reason we were able to specify a Wilcolite heavy-duty alloy body and were delighted to discover that the vehicles provide us with an excellent payload of 20.5 tonnes without needing to invest in lightweight aluminium wheels. This was a totally unexpected bonus.’

The Volvo trucks in the fleet form the backbone of the operation according to Mr Elliott, who expects better fuel figures and total reliability from the latest eight-wheelers. The vehicles will be serviced under contract at the Truck and Bus Wales & West workshops in Gloucester.

 

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