Witch Group takes delivery of bespoke Renault Trucks C 8x2/6 curtainsider19 January 2022

Artificial grass and decking specialist, Witch Group Ltd, has added a custom-built Renault Trucks C430 P8x2/6 to its eight-strong fleet. The ability to commission a vehicle to the business’ specification was the key driver of the deal.

Supplied by JDS Truck and Van, the C430 has a bespoke 8x2/6 chassis with a 9.1m curtainsided body with fitted fall arrest, special side retainers to ease the load against the curtains and centre poles to enable the vehicle to carry decking, astro turf and carpets.

Transport manager John Carrol, explains how his latest purchasing decision was based on Witch Group’s experience of a 12-plate, 26-tonne Renault Truck Premium, originally working in London: “The Premium is an all-rounder and gave us great insight into the capability and suitability of Renault trucks for our particular operation. It gets into both large and small spaces and, quite frankly, is remarkable on fuel; we are getting impressive high 10s and early 11s mpg and excellent aftercare experience from JDS.”

The new Renault Trucks C430 comes with sleeper cab and is fitted with a fridge, Roadpad+, navigation system, auto lights as well as safety features including the emergency hand brake system should the driver leave the cab without disengaging gear or the handbrake.

The chassis has been adapted to a 8x2/6 with a single reduction gear solo drive axle conversion, an Optidriver direct drive gearbox, a single reduction drive axle, a steered 7.5t rear lift axle positioned to the rear of the drive axle as well as rear air suspension.

The vehicle was purpose-built in partnership with JDS Truck and Van.

The C430 comes with uprated front twin axle, as John notes: “This is to accommodate the weight of the products and to safely put more pallets at the front of the vehicle. A sliding pillar was incorporated into the design to hold decking pallets safely and a winch was fitted to enable us to pull out bigger rolls of artificial grass.”

William Dalrymple

Related Companies
Jds Trucks Ltd
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