Limehillock Quarries, based in Fochabers, Moray, in Scotland recently added a new Volvo FH16-750 truck to its fleet. The 170-tonne 8x4 tractor unit features a Globetrotter XL cab, which has twin bunks and a Drive 16++ package, and offers ample space and amenities for a two-driver team. Other features include an I-Shift Crawler transmission, Dynamic Steering, tandem RSS 2610 hub reduction axles, a Jost sliding fifth wheel, a split fuel and hydraulic tank, extra light bars, and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels.
Up To The Task
Volvo adds that the truck “features a 10-tonne front axle and a 9-tonne mid-lift pusher axle, which was spec’d to avoid use of jeep dollies with low-loader trailers.” The four-axle configuration gives the truck the manoeuvrability and flexibility necessary to navigate restricted areas. Limehillock plans to use the truck to haul mobile crushers, a screening plant, and other equipment to seven quarries located across Scotland. The company also purchased an FH-500 6x2 truck at the same time, which will be used to tow curtainside, flatbed, tank, and tipper trailers.
Answering The Call
“When considering a new heavy haulage truck, we first put out our requirements to every commercial vehicle manufacturer and requested that we have a demonstration vehicle as you cannot buy this type of truck from specification sheets alone. However, only Volvo Trucks and one other manufacturer were able to supply demonstrators and the other truck provided for appraisal was only available with a manual gearbox and we felt its engine power output was not quite sufficient for the weights involved,” says Richard Murray, owner of Limehillock Quarries. “As a consequence, all the pointers turned to Volvo for this operator, although to be honest, Volvo was always our preferred option as a long-term investment and the marque’s strong residual factors also provide reassurance.”