Supplied by dealer Truck and Bus Wales and West, the Cinderford-based operator’s latest additions are FH13-540 tractors specified with Globetrotter cabs on a 3,000mm wheelbase, 6x2 tag axle chassis.
The vehicles also have reinforced rear air suspension, a Jost JSK37 cast iron fixed fifth wheel and a factory-fitted vertical exhaust stack.
“We prefer tag axle tractor units, as they’re better for off-road conditions,” says Matt Coleman, manager at D&F Coleman.
“The tags’ improved turning circle is also ideal for tight spaces on building sites,” he says, adding that the I-Shift gearbox is reliable and is preferred by the drivers.
The company acquired its first Volvo in 1978, buying an F717 model from the Volvo stand at the Motor Show, held at the NEC.
“We still have the 1978 F717 and one of the F12s, although both require some restoration and rebuilding. Our F12 tractor units delivered front line service for 14 years and then we retained them for another seven years of shunting duties. Additionally, we still have two 2003 FH12 tag axles running locally with both over one million kilometres on the clock, both are still earning their keep and as reliable as ever,” Coleman says.