Barrachander Quarry, located in Taynuilt near Loch Awe, serves a diverse customer base, including wind farm developers, local authorities, civil engineering companies, housing and commercial developers, and marine and utilities contractors. Its basalt is frequently used for road building and repairs and railway infrastructure maintenance. The Argyll quarry offers plant hire and sales, heavy haulage, aggregates supply, and contracting services through A&L McCrae. To support those services, A&L McCrae depends on its fleet of tippers. Quarry boss Calum McCrae was impressed with the 8x4 Mercedes-Benz Arocs he acquired three years ago and recently added two more, opting for the Mercedes-Benz trucks over a previously used competitor.
“We’ve had very few issues with the Arocs we’ve been running for the last three years – tyres and diesel apart, we’ve spent virtually nothing to keep it on the road,” McCrae says. “Other brands of truck have definitely cost us more money.”
About The Arocs
The new Arocs tippers are 3240K models with ClassicSpace M-cabs. They are powered by 10.7-litre straight-six engines that produce 290 kilowatts (394 horsepower) and the efficient 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated manual transmissions. A&L McCrae’s Arocs were pre-built with steel Boweld bodies for the Mercedes-Benz WorkReady programme and fitted with Kelsa light bars. The trucks are also outfitted with MirrorCam technology in place of conventional mirrors and the Multimedia Cockpit with twin screens.
“Both the drivers are raving about their new Arocs, and the same is true of their colleague, who’s in the ex-demonstrator,” McCrae says. “They all love the fact that MirrorCam eliminates a big blind spot and allows them to see so much more, while the trucks are so comfortable, and the Multimedia Cockpit so easy to us, that none of them want to go back.”
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