“I was impressed with the look of the Arocs the first time I saw it, as it’s clearly purpose-built for our type of work,” says owner operator Garreth McCormick.
“Our tipper has now proved in operation to be every bit as reliable, productive and driver-friendly as I’d hoped, so I’m delighted with the choice I made.”
McCormick says fuel efficiency was good right from the start – as was “its remarkably low AdBlue consumption – the best by a long shot”.
“It’s difficult to make fuel comparisons because the work is so varied, but overall it’s returning around 8.2 mpg, which is excellent when set against our tipper fleet average of 7.4 mpg,” he adds.
Supplied by dealer Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI), McCormick’s Arocs is powered by Mercedes’ 394bhp straight-six engine driving through the 12-speed PowerShift AMT (automated manual transmission). Its steel tipping body is by Farlow Engineering, of Garvagh.
“It’s a tough truck too,” continues McCormick. “We maintain our vehicles and carry out their six-weekly inspections, in-house.
“It will probably go back to the dealer if it ever needs anything more but so far nothing has gone wrong, so they haven’t seen it since the day we took delivery.”
McCormick runs six tippers and a tractor unit, which hauls a low-loader trailer. His company also has a range of plant equipment, including 16 tracked machines.