What a crawler…



North-east civil engineering and quarrying business Nicol of Skene has added a second flagship Volvo tractor unit to a fleet that already includes a number of high-spec models from the manufacturer.

The FH16-750 6×4 unit was specified with an I-Shift Crawler automated gearbox and Volvo’s tandem axle lift. The gearboxes give a choice of one or two crawler gears as well as the additional option of extra reverse gears. Meanwhile, the tandem axle lift proves its value when a truck is driven heavily loaded in one direction but empty on the return; by disengaging and raising the axle when not required, a 4% reduction in fuel consumption can be achieved.

Nicol also opted for a Globetrotter cab finished in its eye-catching silver, blue and red livery with a large thistle design on the cab sides. The logo has been used since company founder and chief executive Derek Nicol bought his first construction machine after leaving school. Volvo’s construction equipment and trucks have played a major role in the business since.

Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels and extra driving lights are the finishing touches on the latest vehicle, which will be deployed on low loader and tipping trailer operations. Also in the fleet are Volvo tractor units and rigid chassis as well as three unusual FMX-500 6×6 models used to assist with specialist directional drilling applications.

Skene’s relationship with Volvo trucks stretches back to the FL7 and FL10 ranges and further still on the construction side. Derek was invited to Korea a few years ago by the construction equipment business to help design a five-tonne machine.

The latest tractor unit was supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North and Scotland’s Aberdeen Dealerpoint.



Article posted 5/11/2017

Want the latest updates from Scottish Plant? Email here with ‘subscribe’ in the subject box.