KPH Plant Hire recently added a second Volvo to its transport fleet used to deliver plant equipment like excavators, telehandlers, dumpers and rollers. The firm elected to go with Volvo based on positive experience with its first Volvo truck.
“We added a new Volvo a couple of years ago and it has performed exceptionally well, so when we needed to replace one of our core delivery vehicles it made sense for us to return to the brand,” says KPH Plant Hire Managing Director John Newman.
KPH Plant Hire’s new Volvo FM comes highly specified for heavy-duty transport and maximum safety. As the truck will work five days a week and run 60,000 kilometres (37,282 miles) per year, KPH Plant Hire also ordered Volvo’s long-haul fuel package with I-See predictive cruise control to optimise fuel efficiency and reduce engine wear.
“We have four trucks that transport our hire equipment, so it is vital that we are running the best possible vehicles and we have certainly got that with this latest delivery,” says Newman. Operators can use the four-channel video switch to display feeds from the truck’s surround-vehicle camera system on the 7-inch screen on the dashboard. For maximum safety and visibility, KPH Plant Hire added two spot lamps, roof-mounted amber beacons, and white high-mounted working lamps at the rear of the cab.
A Great Dealer Relationship
The new Volvo FM is an 8x2 rigid featuring a beavertail body from Shawtrack Services and hydraulic double-flip ramps. Bodywork specifications include a full working-at-height system and a payload of 19 tonnes (21 U.S. tons). “We have a really strong relationship with our local dealer,” Newman says. “They provide an exceptionally high level of service and have helped us every step of the way with this latest order.”
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