Aggregates firm mixes all-IVECO fleet with first Stralis X-Ways12 September 2019

Essex-based aggregates firm G&B Finch has taken delivery of its first two 32-tonne Stralis X-Way mixers – part of an order for four X-Way trucks, which are specified for different types of operation.

Supplied by dealer Northern Commercials, the two 8x4 mixers replace older Trakker models in a 50-strong, all-IVECO fleet. They will deliver concrete to customers within a 20-mile radius of G&B Finch’s main site in Chelmsford – with one homologated for predominantly on-road operation, and another built for regular off-road work.

G&B Finch’s first Stralis X-Way mixer is mounted with CIFA bodywork and powered by an 8.7-litre Cursor 9 diesel engine delivering 395bhp and 1,700Nm of torque. It is specified with the ‘On’ set-up, giving easy cab access and maximum visibility for drivers.

The second mixer also has a Cursor 9 diesel engine, but tuned to deliver 355bhp and 1,650Nm of torque, and with bodywork by Schwing Stetter. For this model, G&B Finch specified the ‘Off’ version, which enables it to tackle terrain with an approach angle greater than 25 degrees for off-road deliveries.

Steve Finch, owner of G&B Finch, says: “The Stralis X-Ways add a new dimension to the fleet – and as they are lighter, we’re able to carry an additional 500 litres of concrete on every journey. It’s a win-win situation.

“In terms of performance, we find nothing comes close to IVECO. Their vehicles are built tough and tackle everything we throw at them – so much so we’ve not looked at another manufacturer for 30 years.”

Both models benefit from IVECO’s Hi-Tronix automated transmission, which includes features for off-road driving such as automatic rocking mode to disengage the vehicle when stuck, or ‘creep’ mode for optimal control at very low speeds.

Likely to remain in service for five years, they are expected to clock up 85,000km a year and be on the road for at least five days a week.

The other two X-Ways are a tipper and a tipper grab, and will be delivered before the end of this year.

Laura Cork

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