The FL818, supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London, had its drum mixer supplied and fitted in Peterborough by the Italian company's UK agent, Spanners Mixer Hire.
This truck, which was specified with a day cab, also has upgraded leaf springs at the rear to enable the mixer drum to carry its full load without spillage.
"Speed of service is so important in this industry and it is only achievable by employing the best operatives, running the most effective equipment, partnering with the right suppliers and fully utilising technology," comments Hardcrete managing director James Harding
And he cites real-time vehicle tracking and smart communication technologies as essential business tools. "I would say we've achieved our aims in all four areas," he says.
Kings Langley, Hertfordshire-based Hardcrete has eight mixers and four concrete pumping trucks on its fleet, with a total of four units now Volvos.
All are in pristine condition. "The whole philosophy here is to look after the equipment," says Harding, adding that his Volvo trucks are all on Gold R&M contracts, which also coversthe company's eight-weekly 'O Licence inspections.
Harding says the new Volvo FL has already earned its spurs. "Agility as a business is important, but agile and manoeuvrable trucks are critical too," he explains.
"Working in London you wouldn't believe just how many tight spots there are, but the FL is yet to be thwarted," he says.
"It is an excellent truck for residential work, such as basements, underpinning, driveways and floor slabs, and the driver really likes it."