A1 Services (Manchester) Limited, a waste removal and recycling company, recently purchased two Volvo FMX 6x4 vehicles, which are the first tractor units the company has ever owned. The trucks, which were supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials Ltd., feature D13K Euro 6 engines that produce 460 horsepower and 2,300 newton-metres of torque. They also have I-Shift 12-speed automated mechanical transmissions, single reduction drive axles, Jost fifth wheels, and two fuel tanks for a total capacity of 360 litres.
Although these are the company’s first tractor units, A1 Services is a longtime Volvo customer and 30 of its 37 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) are Volvos. “Our first association with Volvo Trucks and Thomas Hardie Commercials was around 25 years ago and since then we have operated quite a number of Volvo vehicles,” says John Walsh, director at A1 Services Manchester. “Volvo is a good brand and we’ve high hopes for these two FMXs; the first tractor units bought by the company. Articulated tipper combinations offer us an increased payload and we’ll be monitoring the results of this long term experiment with interest.”
The Volvo FMX 6x4s have steel suspensions in the front and air suspensions in the rear, single reduction drive axles, and 1,033-millimetre-high chassis rails that give the trucks better ground clearance for working off-road. They sport FMX Day Cabs and Schmitz tipper trailers, and they will be used for carrying out regional operations. A1 Services Manchester will handle all of its own maintenance and repair work.