The new trucks, which recently joined the Bolton, Lancashire-based construction haulage specialist 70-strong fleet – more than 50 of which are Volvos – will be operating in Harsco livery.
Specification of the day cab FMXs with B-Ride steel suspension, includes the 11-litre D11-410K engine, rated at 410bhp and with the VEB+ Volvo engine brake, mated to Volvo's I-Shift automated gearbox. They have bee fitted with Wilcox insulated bodies and Edbro tipping gear.
"We chose the FMX because they're true construction trucks," states A&F Haulage's general manager Stephen Creighton.
"They're rugged, well built and our experience is that the FMX will stand up to the job and more," he continues.
"They do everything we require and our drivers absolutely love them. The visibility is fantastic and we can't fault the I-Shift gearbox."
Creighton also describes the trucks' ground clearance as "wonderful", pointing out that it reduces the potential for damage underneath the truck from, for example, raised manhole covers and other ironwork on sites.
And he praises the trucks' fuel efficiency and the VEB+ engine brake, which he says is an important aid to drivers, particularly on the steep gradients transporting aggregates across the hills of the Peak District.
"We get great service and back-up from Thomas Hardie in Manchester," comments Creighton.
"However, as these two FMXs operate out of Rotherham, they are on a Volvo R&M contract with Crossroads Truck and Bus at Rotherham."