RK Bell, a civil engineering firm based in Bridgwater, Somerset, recently added a new Volvo FMX tipper truck to its fleet of 10 vehicles, one of which is another Volvo model. The 8x4 rigid sports a D13K engine that produces 420 horsepower and an I-Shift automated transmission. It has a 5,100-millimetre, Extra High B-Ride chassis with a high ground clearance to prevent damage to the underbody, a day cab featuring a Winter White paint job, and single reduction drive axles. RK Bell chose to add a two-year Volvo Gold Service Contract.
“In my previous working life, I drove tippers here and I had Volvos,” says Wayne Salter, transport manager at RK Bell. “I always liked the make and I liked driving them. They are comfortable, the layout inside the cab is driver-friendly, and so we thought we’d give them another go. As a standard lorry, Volvo offers more than the other manufacturers. You don’t have to add a lot of extras. With a different truck, you’d have to add on a lot more to get to the same standard as Volvo. This is already very well specified.”
Volvo FMX Lineup
Volvo designed the FMX series of trucks specifically for construction applications. There are axle configurations ranging from 4x4 up to 10x6 and each truck features a rear air suspension, Automatic Traction Control (ATC), and high ground clearance for optimal off-road performance. They also have the option for a tandem axle lift feature where you can engage the drive axle when hauling heavy loads and raise it when the bed is empty. The FMX is available with a day cab, sleeper cab, Globetrotter cab, or crew cab. You have the choice of either a D11K or D13K engine, of which there are eight variants ranging from 330 up to 540 horsepower.