Supplied by Crossroads Truck and Bus, Birstall, the tanker truck replaces a similar 2012 model that has been retained as a back-up.
Managing Director, Thomas Wordsworth says: “Operating our own fuel tanker gives us a reliability of service to our work sites and our trucks out in the field that can’t be equalled. The 18,000-litre tanker body by RTN of Barnsley, who also fitted the pumping equipment and meter, is split into four compartments so we can carry both derv and gas oil, thus keeping us fully in control of both our on-highway and plant fleets.”
Equipped with a day cab, the new 26-tonne GVW, 420hp fuel tanker is already a hit with its driver. “He loves it,” says Thomas. “We can’t get him out of it.”
Thomas adds: “Attributes of the Volvo FM 6×2 rear-steer that have really won us over are the overall driver comfort, the truck’s power and the smooth delivery of that power through the I-Shift transmission.”
He continues, “Because we’re fuelling our trucks and equipment all over the country we needed a tanker truck that performs, is robust, can take approximately 90000km/annum in its stride, is reliable and looks great.”
“The Volvo FM meets all our expectations,” he explains, “as well as promising strong residual value when we come to replace it and great fuel efficiency in the meantime. Furthermore, the back-up support that we receive from Crossroads Truck and Bus in Birstall continues to be first rate, to the extent we’ve opted for a 5-year Gold R&M contract with them.”
Wordsworth Excavations is also part of the way through the delivery of six new Volvo FM 8×4 tipper trucks with Thompson bodies. As with the fuel tanker, the company has opted for day cabs and the 420hp D13K engine, producing up to 2100Nm of torque, and the 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission.
“With both the fuel tanker and the tippers the decision to choose Volvo was not a difficult one,” says Thomas. “Alongside the reliability, fuel efficiency, local dealer support and robust build, I also think the current generation Volvo trucks just have it in the aesthetics department. Put simply, I like the look of them and that’s a nice bonus.”