Avonmouth-based, Earthworks UK have selected a Volvo FMX rigid with a tipper grab body for its first new truck purchase. The 8×4 chassis joins a small fleet of tipper and tipper grab trucks.

Supplied by Wayne Bryant Transport Solutions Executive at Truck and Bus Wales and West, the Extra High, B Ride 8×4 chassis has a wheelbase of 5,100mm and is powered by a Volvo D13K engine producing a maximum 420hp. Earthworks UK opted for an FMX Day Cab in addition to a 12-speed, I-Shift automated transmission system and, rounding off the powertrain, are single reduction 23 tonne drive axles, with differential and cross locks.

The new FMX chassis is also equipped with a Boweld Taperlite DS body and Epsilon M125 crane and will be used on aggregate haulage across Bristol, Wiltshire and the south west of England.

Resplendent in a newly-designed livery by Avonmouth Signs, the FMX is covered by a three-year Volvo Service Contract, which will be carried out by Truck and Bus Wales and West locally.

“We’ve previously relied on used vehicle purchases that included some Volvos. The new FMX is drawing attention out on the road. Importantly, the driver loves it and he’s very happy with its performance levels and car like comfort,” notes Paul Treasure, Director at Earthworks UK.

“The FMX’s arrival coincides with a concentration on haulage within our business. The new truck will reduce our downtime rates and we’re also keen to utilise out of hours inspections and servicing at Truck and Bus Wales and West in Avonmouth will maximise the Volvo’s productivity levels even further,” Paul explains.