Bulk transport operator M E Saunders & Sons has taken delivery of a new Volvo FM 500 Globetrotter 6×2 tractor unit, with two more set to follow.
The three new FMs replace trucks from a rival manufacturer in the business’ 18-strong fleet.
Working out of various quarries in Cumbria and delivering a range of aggregates to the firm’s customer base across the north of England, the trucks have been chosen due to Volvo’s proven reliability and the excellent working environment provided by the latest version of the FM.
‘Long tradition of running Volvos’
Rowland Saunders, Co-owner of the family-run firm, says: “We’ve had a long tradition of running Volvos and chose them again this time because we have always found the Volvos to be more reliable and robust than the other manufacturers we’ve had in the fleet.
“We did look at some other options, but the FM came out on top because we know they won’t let us down – you can’t afford to have vehicles off the road in this line of work.”
He added: “The new cab interior of the FM is really impressive, very comfortable and everything is where it should be – the driver of the first one that we’ve had delivered likes it a lot.”
The new FM Globetrotter cab offers more space than ever before, including a wealth of smart storage for the driver’s belongings.
The cab’s raised A-pillars, combined with a large windscreen, low door line, and modern mirrors, deliver excellent all-round visibility.
Trucks have been supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials
The Volvo trucks have been supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials and are powered by Volvo’s D13K Euro 6 engine, producing up to 500 hp and a peak torque figure of 2,500 Nm – plenty of power for pulling M E Saunders & Sons’ heavy bulk loads.
The haulier has also specified the three new 44-tonne FMs with multiple options packs, adding desirable features including full electronic air-conditioning, adjustable steering wheel with neck tilt, DAB radio, 28-litre upper wall mounted fridge, and an ultra-comfy bunk set-up to ensure its drivers can enjoy a good night’s rest.
Built on a 4,100 mm wheelbase, the three FMs are driven through Volvo’s I-Shift 12-speed automated gearbox and are expected to clock up between 130,000 – 150,000km per year.
All three trucks have been supplied on hire-purchase agreements via Volvo Financial Services.
Fruehauf and Wilcox bulk tipper trailers
The new Volvo FM trucks will be paired with Fruehauf and Wilcox bulk tipper trailers – delivering a variety of aggregates including sand, stone, coal, and salt.
Mr. Saunders said: “We’re working mainly across the north of England, but we do get further afield occasionally.
“These new FMs are a big step up on the trucks we are replacing. It’s early days, but we’re expecting good fuel figures and the payload matches anything else we have run before.”
M E Saunders & Sons operates out of its base in Ulverston and recently marked its 100th anniversary with the firm now being run by the third generation of the Saunders family.