MacPlant Construction Ltd, a civil engineering and surfacing company based in Bude, recently put a new Volvo FM-500 8x4 tipper truck into operation, marking the first time the company has purchased a brand-new vehicle. “We have got four trucks on the fleet and one of them was showing its age a bit. Instead of having a used vehicle we decided to go brand-new with Volvo,” says Ryan Vincent, director at MacPlant Construction Ltd. “All the rest of our fleet are now Volvo. We really like them and so decided to keep to the marque. We required 500 horsepower as we are quite often dealing with steep hills and we needed the power to cover that.”
Facts & Figures
The Volvo FM has an extra-high chassis with B-ride rear suspension, 500-horsepower engine, and 12-speed Volvo I-Shift automated transmission. It sports an aluminum insulated Wilcox body, which can keep the tarmac inside at the proper temperature for up to four hours, but it will also be used to carry other cargo as necessary. Other features include a sleeper cab, leather seats, anti-roll bars in the front and rear, and an electronic braking system with a hill hold function. The larger FM lineup has day cab and Globetrotter cabs available, as well as several engine options ranging from 330 horsepower up to 500 horsepower.
Quick, Fast & In A Hurry
In addition to praising the power and durability of its new truck, MacPlant Construction has nothing but good things to say about the service at Truck and Bus Wales and West, the dealer that supplied the vehicle. “We needed this vehicle in a rush,” says Vincent. “We are so busy and we were desperate for the lorry. Volvo’s response was faster than other manufacturers and they were able to deliver it very quickly.”