Renault trucks at a premium for Master Farm Services 07 September 2011

Agricultural and horticultural equipment specialist Master Farm Services has taken delivery of a Renault Premium 460.18 4x2 18-tonner, configured with a drawbar, twin sleeper Privilege cab and Optidriver automated gearbox.

Supplied by Renault Trucks Felixstowe, the low height, high-powered Premium joins Master Farm's distribution service, delivering grain driers and tractors nationwide.

Body design and custom trailer work – including hydraulic beavertail and flatbed body, with hydraulic drop wells – was undertaken by Webb Truck Equipment.

George Young, who manages Master Farm Services, says the resulting design allows the truck to undertake two very different operations: transporting up to three large capacity grain driers, which fit into the drop wells, one on the tractor unit and two on the drawbar trailer; and, with the wells up, delivering Mitsubishi Compact Tractors and ground care equipmen,t as a flatbed.

Chassis height was also important, he says. "Most of our driers go out as full height finished units, so delivering to farms and agricultural sites means negotiating country lanes with low-hanging trees as well as low bridges on the road network," states Young. "The Renault Premium was the only chassis to get us below 16ft," he adds.

Young also reveals that the cab's driver is delighted with the new truck. "Although high wind resistance adversely affects our fuel consumption, the Premium achieved 8mpg on its first run to Cornwall, and we hope this will improve in the coming weeks," he confirms.

Brian Tinham

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