I’Anson Bros takes first flexible Volvo FM tridem22 February 2011
Masham-based I'Anson Bros has taken delivery of a Volvo 8x4 tridem truck that will be delivering to its animal feed customers.
I'Anson's transport manager Richard Mawer says that the vehicle was selected for three main reasons: payload, traction and access.
"We run nine bulk blowers on animal feed delivery and there are limitations with all of them, whichever way you slice it," explains Mawer.
"The four-axle trucks cannot deliver into some farms with difficult access, and the six-wheelers have been replaced as they were down on payload," he continues.
And he adds: We run two articulated trailers and have one 8x2 rear steer, but they are down on traction. One drive axle just isn't enough for our operation."
The new Volvo FM tridem, supplied by Volvo dealer Crossroads, is an 8x4 chassis with a three-axle, air suspended bogie at the rear. The two drive axles have twin tyres, with singles on the rearmost steering axle.
Mawer says he sent it out on one of I'Anson most difficult drops, in icy conditions. "I was delighted. The driver reported good traction and it did the job, delivering top payload in tough conditions."
His tridem has fitted with Priden blower bodywork and it will add an extra 35 tonnes a week to I'Anson's current three-axle truck performance.
Mawer makes the point that this will reduce fuel costs and improve the company's carbon footprint. It will also be able to work all of the firm's other drops, giving I'Anson better flexibility.
Crossroads Truck & Bus Ltd
Priden Engineering Ltd
Volvo Group UK Ltd
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