Carnegie Fuels take first DAF for tanker fleet 08 February 2011

It was not the easiest of starts for a new DAF LF55 that recently joined Carnegie Fuels' fleet – facing the worst early winter conditions that Scotland had experienced for years.

Based in Brechin in Angus and charged with transporting a range of heating oils in the peak season, the vehicle has been successfully completing its deliveries, helped by its common sense specification.

The LF55's 6.7-litre GR engine is rated at 250bhp, resulting in a good power-to-weight ratio of 13.88bhp/tonne at 18 tonnes gvw. It also delivers 950Nm of torque between 1,200 and 1,700rpm and the vehicle was specified with a diff lock, which, the firm says, has proved its worth in the slippery conditions.

Carnegie managing director Kevin Carnegie explains that the firm supplies everything from domestic heating oil to agricultural diesel, so he went for a 13,000 litre, four-compartment Tasca tank, built to ADR 2009 standards.

The aluminium tank uses an Alpeco bottom-loading vapour recovery system, with product return capability and a two inch flowmeter with electronic head.

Deliveries can be made at a distance of up to 180 feet via a Collins Youldon powered rewind hose reel, which has a high capacity trigger nozzle with locking handle. A propshaft-driven Mouvex cargo pump, with gas separator, has also been fitted – activated through an air-operated clutch type PTO incorporating a failsafe handbrake interlock.

Yet all of that comes on a compact wheelbase of 4,150mm, with a tight turning circle, making it easy to deliver into locations with restricted access.

"We're pleased with its performance so far in what have been some of the most atrocious weather conditions that we've seen for some time," comments Carnegie.

"The truck came well specified for the job, at a competitive price and with the promise of good back-up from Norscot. We're looking forward to it giving us a long and productive service life."

Brian Tinham

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