MAN 4x4 rigids still right for Western Power 06 July 2012
Electricity distributor Western Power Distribution has taken delivery of two new MAN TGM 18.250BB 4x4 rigids.
The trucks are being used for off-road maintenance work in the Midlands, South Wales and the South West, with a third truck, to the same specification, being built for delivery shortly.
These latest TGM trucks have been equipped with 250PS Euro 5 engines, day cabs, MAN TipMatic automated gearboxes and drop-side body work by Wessex Vehicle Services. The trucks have also bee fitted with Atlas Terex, 120.2/A4L cranes.
Western Power now has over 40 MAN 4x4s on its fleet, including several 2003 MAN M2000s, which, according to Paul Tucker, fleet specifications engineer at the company, are still providing reliable service.
More recently, the firm trialled a TGM with a MAN TipMatic automated gearbox, which led to their specification on the latest TGMs.
"We were a little sceptical of an auto-box for off-road operation," states Tucker, "but, the MAN TipMatic system has performed well and has helped to improve fuel consumption and reduce operating costs. I don't think we will return to manual gearbox operation now."
And he continues: "Our first MAN purchase was back in 2003. At the time, MAN was the only manufacturer to offer a dedicated 4x4 middleweight [but] the first trucks we purchased are still delivering reliable service nearly 10 years later."
MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd
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