James Innes & Son Ltd, a bulk haulage specialist based in Portsoy, added a new Volvo FH tractor unit to its fleet, the first Volvo model the company has purchased in more than two decades. The firm started out in the 1970s with a Volvo F86, followed by two more Volvo F86 trucks and a number of F10 and FL10 models, and also tested an FH model in 1995, but didn’t purchase another until now. The newest entry is a 6x2 500-horsepower (373-kilowatt) FH that features a Globetrotter Cab, Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels, and Hyva hydraulics as well as a Jost fifth wheel that will come in handy for towing Fruehauf and Wilcox bulk tipper trailers.
While many of James Innes and Son Ltd’s trucks sport a gold livery, its new FH features a Signal White paint colour, which will be the company’s standard design going forward. On the inside of the Globetrotter cab, Managing Director Neil Innes chose “to include leather trims, a microwave oven, and a coffee maker, in addition to an under bunk fridge/freezer.”
Ready For A Change
“We’ve used another vehicle marque almost exclusively since 1983 and I thought it was time for a change,” Innes says. “The Volvo FH’s performance will give us a useful benchmark and it will also be interesting to compare dealer support and backup levels. I’m confident that Kevin Fraser, our local Volvo salesman, will look after us and he’s also going to monitor the truck’s fuel returns via Dynafleet.”
Volvo FH Details
Volvo designs the FH series for minimum air resistance and maximum uptime. The truck comes with your choice of four sleeper cab configurations ranging from high roof to flattop. Notable features in the cab include Volvo’s new neck-tilt steering wheel option and a high-backed seat with extra adjustment travel. Engine options for the Volvo FH include six-cylinder diesels ranging from 420 to 540 hp (313 to 403 kW) and 2,100 to 2,600 newton-metres (1,550 to 1,920 pounds-foot) of torque. The truck comes in axle configurations ranging from 4x2 all the way up to 10x4.