The family-owned specialist corn and animal feed merchants, H Walton Ltd have recently taken delivery of their first New Generation MAN Trucks.
Painted in their traditional Brunswick green and gold lettering livery, the MAN trucks will work across the business delivering a wide range of bagged and bulk feeds, fertilisers and wood pellets throughout the Midlands and into the Scottish Borders.
Based in Old Goole, East Yorkshire, the firm is a long-term fan of the MAN Truck brand.
Director David Walton said: “When purchasing a MAN, you know exactly what you’re getting, they’re efficient, reliable and robust.
“But that’s not where the advantages end, when you look at customer service, you get a trusted relationship with the sales team and a partnership with the dealer, in our case Fishlake Commercial Motors of Doncaster, who both collectively understand the needs of our business and offer us a high level of 360-degree wrap-around care.”
Specified to suit the needs of the business
The three new vehicles, each individually specified to suit the needs of the business, come in the form of two 44 tonne TGX tractors, a 26.510 and a 24.510 and, a 26 tonne TGS 26.360 rigid.
Mr Walton explained: “In our business, we don’t have the luxury of one-size-fits-all and that’s why each of our new vehicles offers a different solution.
“Most of our delivery points are to individual farms and at times access can be tricky.
“The rigid with its lifting axle and Moffett Mounty will be a real asset to the business ensuring we deliver our feeds and meals to the exact point they are needed and, at the same time put less stress and strain on the driver.”
He added: “We like to ensure we offer our drivers a high level of comfort and safety throughout their working days, naturally this is of primary concern, and we feel that these new MAN trucks deliver the high standards they require.
“Certainly, the comments and feedback we’ve had so far indicate that we’ve made the right choice.”
Delivering bagged goods to customers
The TGX 26.510 6×2 features the popular GM cab with additional satellite navigation and a fridge. This vehicle will predominantly pull a curtainsider trailer delivering bagged goods to customers.
Fitted with a 19.5-inch mid-lift axle the TGX 24.510 is equipped with an NTX/10c gearbox driven PTO which drives a Priden Engineering cooler pack supplying power and drive to a new monocoque plank side bulk blower trailer. This vehicle is also fitted with the popular, comfortable and driver-friendly GM sleeper cab.
Both of these vehicles have been specified with the MAN EfficientRoll gearbox function which, via GPS data, automatically shifts the automated gearbox into neutral on downhill gradients, intelligently controlling coasting and maximising fuel efficiency.
The three axle 26 tonne TGS 26.360 6×2-4 rigid features the high roof TM Cab and has a 5900mm wheelbase which accommodates an 8.2 metre curtainside body and a Moffett Mounty with a custom-built tray mounted into the sub-frame.
It also features a lift and steer rear axle which helps reduce the turning circle and maximise efficiency and, at the same time via weight transfer improves traction on the drive axle when on challenging surfaces.