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Collins Earthworks takes five new Volvo FMX tractor units

Collins Earthworks has taken delivery of five new FMX 500 Globetrotter 6x4 tractor units - among the first to be delivered in the UK.

Collins Earthworks has taken delivery of five new FMX 500 Globetrotter 6×4 tractor units for operation with ejector trailers – and these are amongst the first new model FMX tractors to be delivered in the UK.

The long-standing Volvo Trucks and Volvo Construction Equipment customer took delivery of the new trucks at its Kirkby-in-Ashfield headquarters.

The new Volvo tractor units benefit from the latest cab design offering superior comfort, agility and durability.

They also have distinctive V-shaped LED headlamps with headlamp protectors, new anti-slip footsteps and a striking digital dashboard display.

First of an all-new generation of vehicles

The garage manager for Collins Earthworks, Andy Jinks, said: “We have worked with Volvo Trucks for more than 20 years and they have continued to provide us with an incredibly reliable product, which is essential for our business operations. These FMXs represent the first of an all-new generation of vehicles, and so far, we’ve been massively impressed.”

Volvo’s double drive tractor units benefit from an innovative tandem axle lift, which enables the drive to the rearmost axle to be disengaged and lifted clear of the ground, reducing fuel consumption and tyre wear when returning empty.

All five tractor units are powered by Volvo’s proven D13K engine generating 500 hp and 2,500 Nm of torque, driven through a 12-speed automated I-Shift gearbox. 

The transmission has also been specified with construction gear changing software, which helps the trucks adapt to unique situations faced by vehicles in this sector, whilst the Volvo Engine Brake makes stopping safer and easier.

Collins Earthworks has specified a range of options

Inside the new FMX cab, Collins Earthworks has specified a range of option packs and extras which adds key features including leather seats, fridge-freezer, microwave and reversing camera.

The exterior of the Volvo FMX trucks has been enhanced with Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels, air horns, factory air deflector kit and a Kelsa lightbar.

Mr Jinks added: “The new FMX cab has proved really popular with our drivers. They’ve got more space, improved visibility thanks to a lowered door line, new rear-view mirrors and an ultra-modern digital driver display, which can be customised to suit what the driver wants to see. All combined, it’s greatly advanced the driving experience.”

The trucks will be in operation five days a week within the firm’s heavy haulage division, clocking up to 62,000 miles per year, and are covered by a Volvo Blue Contract with routine servicing and maintenance to be carried out at the local Hartshorne Motor Services dealership.

With more than 20 years of experience in managing earthmoving projects, Collins Earthworks provides a fast and professional service nationwide, meeting a variety of customer demands from consultation through to construction.

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