Lightweight Volvo FH delivers for Monk Transport10 July 2019

Bulk haulier Monk Transport has purchased three new Volvo FH-500 tractors, all with factory-fitted Lite pusher axles, which now offer the highest payload potential in the company’s mixed marque fleet.

Supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, the North Wales-based operator’s new additions are 4,000mm wheelbase units with Globetrotter Cabs, D13K Euro VI engines rated at 494bhp with 2,500Nm of torque and 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission systems. Rounding off the powertrain assemblies are RSS1356 rear axles with a ratio of 2.50:1.

“We had an identical specification Volvo FH before with the traditional 7.5 tonne gross vehicle weight pusher axle. This time we chose Volvo’s Lite pusher axle and it saved 500kg,” says James Monk, co-owner of the business.

“The three new FHs are now the lightest vehicles in the entire fleet and, with a trailer coupled, we can achieve a payload figure of 29,100kg. This is important: the trucks will do up to 140,000km a year, often completing two trips a day, meaning we save a journey every six weeks.”

The tractors are also specified to maximise driver appeal, with leather seats, touchscreen satnav systems, microwave ovens, fridge-freezers and televisions.

Laura Cork

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