Casey Plant Hire, a construction, quarry, and waste equipment supplier based in Rochdale, recently added a new Volvo FMX truck to its fleet, which replaces an FM9 that was in operation for 14 years and travelled 700,000 kilometres (434,960 miles). The FMX 8x2 rigid is equipped with a 13-litre Step D, Euro 6 engine that produces 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) and 2,300 newton-metres of torque, as well as a 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission, a Palfinger crane, beavertail plant bodywork, and a drawbar for pulling a two-axle Chieftain trailer. Casey Plant Hire will also take advantage of Volvo Dynafleet, a telematics platform for monitoring truck and driver performance.
FM9 To FMX
“As a business we have always been very satisfied with Volvo and have run them within our fleet as far back as 1968. When we needed to upgrade our FM9, we got in touch with our local dealer straightaway – plus we also benchmarked their offer against other manufacturers,” says Jane Parker, transport and hire coordinator at Casey Plant Hire. “Our drivers love the new FMX and say it drives like a dream. Indeed, if it performs as well as its predecessor, then it could be on the fleet until 2035!”
More Volvo FMX Details
The Volvo FMX is available with axle configurations ranging from 4x2 to 10x6 with a standard or low day cab, standard or low sleeper cab, Globetrotter cab, or crew cab. Engine options include D11K and D13K Euro 6 engines that produce between 330 and 540 hp (246 and 403 kW) and from 1,600 to 2,600 N-m of torque. Volvo also offers several types of engine-mounted and gearbox-mounted power take-offs to run a wide range of equipment.
The cab features a traction control panel, an adaptive and intuitive instrument display, support for up to eight cameras for maximum visibility, and ample storage space. The exteriors of more recent models have an upright profile, slimmer doors, and options for halogen or LED lights. Safety features include an energy-absorbing cab, three-point seatbelt, driver-side airbag, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, and more.