Volvo hits the road for Highland quarry firm

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A quarry company is using a high-spec Volvo tractor unit to transport equipment to sites across the north of Scotland.

Morayshire firm Limehillock Quarries added the FH16-750 8×4 unit to shift mobile crushing and screening plant between seven quarry sites across a wide area. The 170-tonne unit features Volvo’s I-Shift Crawler gearbox and Dynamic Steering system. A Globetrotter XL Cab with twin bunks was specified as the vehicle is regularly double-manned.

“The new FH represents a substantial investment for our company,” said Limehillock owner Richard Murray. “When considering a new heavy haulage truck, we first put out our requirements to every commercial vehicle manufacturer and requested that we have a demonstration vehicle, as you cannot buy this type of truck from specification sheets alone.

“However, only Volvo Trucks and one other manufacturer were able to supply demonstrators and the other truck provided for appraisal was only available with a manual gearbox and we felt its engine power output was not quite sufficient for the weights involved.”

However, Murray admitted Volvo was always the preferred option as a long-term investment while the marque’s strong residual factors also provided reassurance.

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Most of the unit’s operations will be around Morayshire and a large percentage of its work will be on an own account basis, such as crane ballast transport. The Volvo also earns its keep hauling Limehillock’s tipper and step frame trailers as well as its larger Nooteboom low loader.

“The Volvo Dynamic Steering system is already ticking all the boxes our driver and he’s also very impressed with the I-Shift Crawler gearbox’s capabilities, particularly when pulling away loaded on an uphill slope,” said Murray. “Despite being capable of 170-tonne operations, physically the truck is easy to drive and there’s no strain on the arms or upper body.”

Limehillock also took delivery of an FH-500 6×2 at the same time as the FH16-750. It works with a variety of trailers including tipper, flat, curtainside and tank versions. Both were supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland.

“I’m delighted with the new Volvo truck, Murray said. “My vehicle options were limited at this weight, but we have done the procurement process right. The FH16-750 demonstration vehicle was a well-balanced vehicle with tremendous stability levels and the quality of finish throughout is brilliant.”

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 13/8/2019

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