Jet Plant Hire Ltd, a road planing specialist based in Evesham, recently added a Volvo FMX Tridem truck to its fleet of 35 vehicles, which also includes several FH and FL models. The 8x4 vehicle has a Boweld tipper body and is paired with a tri-axle Andover drawbar trailer. It features a Globetrotter cab, 460-horsepower (kilowatt) engine, I-Shift transmission, and rear lift/tag axle. Jet Plant Hire’s newest Volvo is covered by a seven-year Volvo Gold Service Contract, with support carried out by Wales & West Truck and Bus Ltd.
Ticking All The Boxes
“The latest FMX is our first Tridem. We wanted the manoeuvrability of a six-wheeler that could tow a trailer and provide a good payload capacity. The Tridem offers us increased flexibility and utilisation levels. The driver loves the new arrival and fuel wise it’s doing well,” says Sean Witheford, managing director of Jet Plant Hire Ltd. “We require our trucks to carry out two roles. Firstly, to transport the road planer and when on site, to remove the material that has been planed from the road surface. The FMX Tridem ticks all the boxes and is probably the first of several Tridems we will operate.”
Volvo FMX Tridem Details
In addition to the Globetrotter cab, Volvo FMX trucks are also available with day cabs, sleeper cabs, or crew cabs. Engine options include Volvo D11K and D13K engines that produce between 330 and 540 hp (246 and 402.7 kW) and from 1,600 to 2,600 newton-metres (1,180 to 1,917.7 pounds-foot) of torque. There are four transmissions available, including three standard I-Shift automated gearboxes and one I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission, and Volvo offers several software packages designed for specific applications, including distribution, construction, long haul trucking, and heavy transport.
The Volvo FMX Tridem stands out because it features a single front axle and Tridem rear suspension with a hydraulically steered tag axle. This not only provides enhanced stability, but also gives the FMX Tridem “extreme manoeuvrability and an unprecedentedly small turning circle,” according to Volvo.
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