Bulk haulier S&J Transport (Yorkshire) Ltd has invested in seven new Volvo FH tractor units – with two more on order for delivery later this year.
The tractors have all been fitted with HARSH wet kits.
The owner of the Barnsley-based haulier, Steve Senior, said: “We’re running pretty much flat out now, so it made good sense for us to invest in another batch of new trucks.
“As before, they are all Volvo FH tractors with HARSH wet kits – the best possible combination for tractor units on bulk and tipper work.”
‘Used virtually every make and combination of hydraulics’
Mr Senior continued: “I’ve worked with tippers for over 30 years and used virtually every make and combination of hydraulics out there.
“The HARSH package is by far the best – not just for its design, performance and reliability, but also because HARSH will always work with us to produce an optimum solution.
“Added to which their support, engagement, back-up and warranty is second to none.”
He added: “We’ve run this type of wet kit and pipework for a good while now, and find it to be very reliable, safe and easy to use.
“When we order our new trucks, I just tell our Volvo dealer to send them to HARSH to fit the hydraulics because I know everything will be done efficiently and properly.”
Standard tipping trailers and high–sided walking floors
To maintain maximum operational versatility of the fleet, the seven new trucks work with both standard tipping trailers and high–sided walking floors, which in turn has required the Volvos to be fitted with a wet kit able to operate both types of trailers.
Significantly, the wet kits installed have their oil tanks coming no lower than the truck’s exhaust pipe, thereby maximising available ground clearance.
The key to the HARSH system fitted for S&J is a simple control lever behind the cab that sets the system to work in either mode.
If set to ‘Tipper’, then the trailer body is lifted by a standard raise/lower control lever mounted in-cab and if set to ‘Walking Floor’, it activates the planks of the moving floor.
New units are white FH500’s
Six of the new units are white FH500’s, with the seventh being a silver FH540 to show Mr Senior’s appreciation to Nigel Tate, one of his long-serving drivers.
He explained: “We’re very much a family business with family values. We all really work as one – it’s a real team effort.”
S&J Transport recently moved into larger premises at Barugh Green just off Junction 38 of the M1.
Jason Bramall, HARSH business development manager for northern England, said: “Family companies like S&J Transport are still the bedrock of the tipper industry, and long may they continue to be so.
“As such, they have an immediate fit with all of us here at HARSH, and we are delighted to be able to work with Steve to give him exactly the products and personal support his growing business requires.”