Keyway switches to Volvo trucks as fleet grows 01 December 2016

Keyway has added 24 Volvo FMX tippers to its 70 strong tipper truck fleet – its first from the Swedish manufacturer.

The plant hire, recycling and earth moving specialist also took delivery of two STGO Cat2 (up to 80 tonnes) 500bhp Volvo FH tractor units and two FM 8x2 rigids with King beavertail bodies.

All the South West-based operator’s new tippers were specified with day cabs and B-Ride high rear suspension.

“We’ve not traditionally run Volvo trucks, but the automated manual I-Shift transmission and incredible support from [dealer] Truck and Bus Wales & West convinced us this was the way to go,” comments Keyway managing director Eamonn McGurk, adding that he is “extremely happy” with the result.

“The Volvo FMX with 420bhp engines and Thompsons or Boweld bodies - both with cab operated tailgates - are proving to be a solid investment, offering good fuel economy as well as winning praise from our drivers,” he continues.

McGurk says safety was also critical for all his new trucks, and reckons that features on the FMX, FH and FM ticked all the boxes.

“The all-round visibility is excellent and we’ve bolstered this with both sensor and camera systems,” he explains.

“In future, we will add factory-fit low-level nearside windows too, as we think this is a very positive development in truck design.”

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Boweld Truck Bodies
Thompsons Group
Volvo Group UK Ltd

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