Macclesfield-based, Henshaws Envirocare Ltd has put seven new Volvo FL rigids into service, all supplied by Pete Schofield, Customer Solutions Manager at Thomas Hardie Commercials, Trafford Park. The 16-tonne 4×2 trucks are all powered by D5K Euro-6 engines producing a maximum of 240hp and each carry Webb TA8, ExtraReach skip loader bodies.
James Henshaw, Transport Manager at Henshaws Envirocare Ltd opted for six-speed manual gearboxes, all round steel parabolic spring suspension systems and vertical exhaust stacks on the Day Cabbed group.
As James reports, “We usually operate on a local basis and our fleet our 30 vehicles works within a 12 mile radius. We find a manual gearbox is still the best choice for frequent skip collection and delivery jobs and for maximum safety standards all the trucks have reinforced parking brakes acting on the front wheels.”
The seven Volvo FLs also carry a smart cab wrap livery by local suppliers, Tunnicliffe Creative Signs & Graphics of Macclesfield and LED-equipped Kelsa light bars provide the perfect finishing touch.
James adds, “Our drivers like the new Volvo FL rigids. They report good handling levels and appreciate the standards of cab comfort. We carry out our own six weekly inspections and Thomas Hardie Commercials look after everything else.”
As James notes, “Our association with Volvo trucks stretches back to 2002 and we still have an FM rigid from that era on yard shunting duties.”
Henshaws Envirocare envisage a three to four year retention period for the Volvo FLs, five of which are replacement vehicles, with the remaining two being additions to the fleet. “Volvo make a good reliable truck, they’ve never done our business any harm and have helped us grow over the years,” concludes James.
Source: Uk Haulier