Supplied by Renault Trucks South West, the 32-tonne Range C460, with Aliweld insulated tipper body, has a factory-fitted extra axle adaption giving Bateman the manoeuvrability of a six-wheeler, but with the load capacity of an eight-wheeler.
The Range C Tridem is the latest replacement in Bateman’s 18-strong fleet and, with its lifting and steering rear axle, is used for a mix of traditional six and eight-wheeler work, delivering sand and aggregates to customers across the South West.
Director Russell Bateman says: “The Tridem gives us extra load capacity, which helps with the profitability of our business and, crucially, it gives us better manoeuvrability and accessibility into more challenging places where an eight-wheeler would usually struggle – for example, accessing equestrian arenas at the back of properties.”
He adds: “The Tridem was a bit of an experiment for us as we’ve previously had a drawbar, but it’s already been used for everything and been everywhere.
“It’s performed really well and overall we’ve been really happy with the investment.”