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Lliw Building Supplies gets a new crane-equipped Volvo FL

New crane-equipped FL is the latest Volvo to deliver the goods for Lliw Building Supplies.

Lliw Building Supplies has taken delivery of a new Volvo FL 250 4×2 rigid equipped with rear-mounted Hiab crane, continuing its long relationship with the truck manufacturer.

The Pontardawe-based business has been ordering Volvo trucks for more than 20 years and has returned to them again due to the reliability and manoeuvrability of the product.

Plus, they get excellent support from local dealer Truck and Bus Wales and West.

The new 18-tonner, which features a sturdy steel suspension, joins three other Volvos in the firm’s four-strong truck fleet and will be used for multi-drop deliveries to customers in the local area.

‘Choosing Volvo for many years’

The managing director at Lliw Building Supplies, Geraint Llewelyn, said: “We have been choosing Volvo for many years now.

“The FL is a very robust vehicle, and it handles extremely well.”

He added: “We’re in an area with some pretty narrow streets and steep gradients but the Volvos carry the heavy loads that we need to move with no problems whatsoever. The drivers really like them too.

“All of those factors come into consideration and, above all else, they are reliable. 

“We did try a different manufacturer several years ago but very quickly discovered we’d made an error!”

Specified the truck with an X-High chassis

Powered by Volvo’s D8K engine, the new FL produces 250 hp with a peak torque figure of 950 Nm and Lliw Building Supplies has specified the truck with an X-High chassis, which aids ground clearance on rural roads.

Backed by a five-year Volvo Gold Contract – for maximum uptime – and supplied under a hire purchase agreement with Volvo Financial Services, all servicing and maintenance is carried out by the Truck and Bus Wales and West depot in Swansea.

Mr Llewelyn said: “We have a good relationship with Wales and West, they have been taking care of our trucks for a very long time and we find the service amazing.

“When you have a small fleet, you need the vehicles on the road during working hours. So, we have the trucks serviced overnight to ensure they are ready for the morning – which means we have no scheduled downtime whatsoever.”

Fitted with a day cab with steel safety cage design

The new FL is fitted with a day cab with steel safety cage design, with access in and out made easier thanks to a two-step entry with wide overlapping, forming a stair-like design.

Mr Llewelyn said: “The drivers are doing many different drops throughout the day, so that ease of access really does make a difference by the end of the shift.”

Built on a 3,800 mm wheelbase, the FL is ideally sized, with good visibility and is extremely manoeuvrable, perfect for multi-drop transport.

Fitted with lightweight dropside bodywork and a Hiab grab crane, supplied by Neath Coach Bodywork, it will be working five and a half days a week and replaces another Volvo in the fleet.

Established in 1992, Lliw Building Supplies offers a complete range of materials, timber, and roofing products to the building trade, self-build and DIY customers from its 3.5-acre site just outside Swansea.

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