A new Volvo FH13 6×2 tractor unit recently delivered to Smith’s Mechanical Services of Bridgend has been described as ‘the perfect match’ by company director Simon Griffiths.
Why the accolade from Simon? Well, because he says that it’s not only ideally matched to the four-axle Faymonville Mulitimax trailer with which it will operate, but it is also perfectly suited to the heavier work now being undertaken by the family business.
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Supplied by Volvo Dealer Truck and Bus Wales and West, the 80-tonne capacity STGO Category 2 tractor unit is the first new Volvo to join the Smith’s fleet.
Simon says that he was favourably impressed by the appearance of the FH and that the driver liked the amount of space available in the tall ‘Globetrotter’ cab.
“These factors combined with an attractive offer and the necessary technical support from Total Solutions Executive, Darren Padfield at the Dealership helped to clinch the deal,” Simon told Tachoblog.
Powered by the 13-litre Volvo 540-hp diesel engine the new FH has a manual gearbox in lieu of the more commonly specified I-Shift automated version. This was the preference of the regular driver who considers that a manual allows greater control at slow speeds.
The ‘Globetrotter’ cab features a single bunk affording greater space for the driver and was specified with a rear window, a non-standard item often specified in heavy haulage vehicles. Colour-coded mirrors and front bumper ensure a modern, stylish finish.
“So far everything looks good,” said Simon. “Driver feed-back is very positive with comments such as ‘very comfortable, plenty of power and an all-round nice drive’. Not only that, but the truck really looks the part,” he added.
The new Volvo FH-540 tractor unit and extendible Faymonville trailer (which may be stretched to give additional 6.6-metres of deck space) will be used to move loads of up to 55-tonnes and add a new dimension to the Smith’s Mechanical services operation.