With business booming, Willshees Waste & Recycling is growing its fleet with a series of new Volvo trucks to keep up with demand. The Burton-based firm already received two FM 8x4 rigids and one FH Globetrotter 6x2 tractor unit configured for specific usage.
“We’ve specified all three trucks with a high chassis to help ground clearance when they’re working off-road,” says owner Dean Willshee. “The eight-wheelers will be collecting and delivering skips from various companies around the local area—while the FH will be doing more mileage, towing a walking floor trailer moving waste out of transfer stations onto other sites.”
Later this year, Willshees will have two new FMXs and one new FH tractor to put into service.
Built To Haul
Willshees Waste & Recycling’s first set of Volvo trucks are powered by Volvo’s D13K engine, highlighted by the FH Globetrotter 6x2 and its 500-horsepower (372-kilowatt) engine with 2,500 newton-metres (1,844 pounds-foot) of torque. The two FMs produce 460 HP (343 kW) and 2,300 N-m (1,696 lbf-ft) of torque. The FH also came with Volvo’s long-haul fuel package featuring I-See predictive cruise control and an I-Shift automated transmission. The tractor’s Globetrotter cab features a single-bed living package, as well as a luxury sleeper control panel and refrigerator.
Coming Back To Volvo
The new trucks are the first Volvos Willshees Waste & Recycling has put into service in several years.
“The bulk of the fleet is with a rival manufacturer, but I liked the look and feel of these Volvos; we took them for a test drive and were very impressed,” Willshee says. “With the FH and two FM eight-wheelers we already have in service, plus the new model trucks to come, Volvo will have a good share of the fleet.” It’s not only Willshee who’s been impressed with the Volvo trucks, as he adds “The drivers are very happy and we are looking forward to the new model Volvos joining them in the coming months.”
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