Supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, the Manchester-based operator’s new addition is a Globetrotter-cabbed FMX 4x2 chassis, powered by Volvo D13K Euro VI engine rated at 494bhp, driving through a 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission. It has a 4,900mm wheelbase and is plated for 60-tonne operation.
The FMX-500’s recovery bodywork was custom-designed and manufactured by Falkom. Fully retracted, the truck’s under lift beam can lift 12 tonnes; when extended through a two-stage beam to 3.2m, its capacity is 9 tonnes.
The bumper features a 1.2-tonne ballasted steel under-beam, which, with the 450-litre fuel tank and other ballast fitted by Falkom, creates an optimum fulcrum point for the truck, improving overall balance when towing.
The vehicle is also fitted with a Sepson winch rated at 12 tonnes.
“After just a few weeks in service, the FMX is already ticking a lot of boxes with regards to efficiencies. It’s such a versatile truck and is proving ideal for restricted space environments,” says Rob Wooley, owner of First Point Commercials.
“The new Volvo FMX is delivering unparalleled operational flexibility, as it can accommodate everything from a 3.5-tonne van to a truck and trailer combination,” he says, adding: “It’s returning phenomenal fuel and Adblue consumption figures.”
The FMX is expected to be in operation for 15 years and will be maintained in-house.