Supplied by dealer Hartshorne Motor Services, of Shrewsbury, the FH has a Globetrotter XL cab and the medium height suspension features a tag-axle: “For our business the tag-axle is so much better than a mid-lift as much of our work is on forest tracks where traction and manoeuvrability are key,” says Weaver.
The new addition has a 12.8-litre Volvo D13K engine, producing up to 2,500Nm of torque. The Volvo Engine Brake fitted provides up to 375kW of retardation.
It was specified with a Drive Plus+ cab package, with two beds and high-power audio system, with integrated Bluetooth connectivity.
Weaver says the on-board weighing system is a boon: “We run close to – or on – the gvw most of the time, so a reliable weigh system is invaluable. The system fitted by Hartshorne is really good, extremely accurate and definitely something we’d go for again,” he adds.
“Indeed, so happy are we with this truck, that if we order another in the future we wouldn’t change a thing.”