Jackson’s Recovery of Wigton recently acquired a new flagship for their fleet, an 80-tonne DAF CF 530 8x4. The truck is built to provide a stable platform for working in restricted locations with a Recoverer Trident body from Boniface Engineering that includes Sidewinder XP legs fitted with two 13-tonne (14-U.S.-ton) winches. The new truck also boasts the ability to carry out a wide range of recovery jobs, thanks to its Maxireach K Boom’s 45-t (49-U.S.-t) boom rating and 33-t (36-U.S.-t) capacity underlift.
The new 530-horsepower (395-kilowatt) DAF CF 8x4 is configured with a 16-speed manual transmission which Jackson’s Recovery concedes is “old fashioned but still ideal for recovery work.” The firm says DAF is one of a few manufacturers able to offer a manual option alongside the automated alternative. The CF is geared with ideal rear-axle ratio to provide optimum efficiency on Jackson’s extensive motorway work and features a vertical exhaust discharge, 9-t (9.9-U.S.-t) front axles, and 13-t (14.3-U.S.-t) HR1670T hub-reduction rear axles on air suspension. The truck recovery specialist selected a CF sleeper cap to allow greater scope and better access the region’s rural road network, as well as easier entry and exit for the driver.
Jackson’s new flagship joins a 17-year, 53-plate old DAF CF 85.430 6x2 wrecker with 402,000 kilometres (250,000 miles) that the firm says will continue to perform daily operations. “We really like our old 6x2 CF 85.430,” says driver Ross Sinclair. “Seventeen years old and super-reliable. It’s only needed one new turbo, and the truck is still on its original engine, clutch, and gearbox. The new CF 530 is a big investment, but, if it’s as reliable as our 53-plate DAF, it’ll be good for 20 years.”
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