Robert Croft Ltd, a bulk grain transporter based in Driffield, East Yorkshire, recently added a new Volvo FH-500 6x2 Lite truck to their fleet. It features a Medium Height chassis with a Globetrotter Cab, a 500-horsepower D13K engine, and an I-Shift automated transmission. It also features a fixed pusher axle and solo drive axle. The company will use the FH to haul a 70-cubic-yard Wilcox tri-axle bulk tipper trailer. The truck is covered by a five-year Volvo Gold Service Contract, which allows for evening and weekend maintenance for better uptime.
“Remarkably our new FH-500 is half a tonne lighter than the other truck makes in our fleet, delivering an unbeatable payload of 29.5 tonnes. In an industry where you’re paid by the tonne, this is crucial. The Volvo is paying for itself quicker than other trucks, thanks to this load-carrying capability,” says Robert Croft, company owner. “In addition to its payload advantage, our new FH-500 is also producing fuel returns one mile per gallon better than anything else in our yard. The vehicle’s performance has been fantastic to date and we’ve already ordered another similarly specified FH tractor unit.”
The new FH-500, which features Kelsa light bars, Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels, and the company’s red and yellow livery, will also serve as a symbol of celebration for the company’s tenth anniversary. “In 2018, my wife Rosie and I marked 10 years as co-owners of Robert Croft Ltd. and the new Volvo FH-500 seemed perfect as our business anniversary vehicle,” says Croft. “Coincidentally, the FH’s driver Mark Wainwright is also marking his tenth year of loyal service with us and the registration mark also pays tribute to him.”