Volvo FMX six-wheeler is double first for Devon and R J Hill
Faced with ever-increasing costs, R J Hill (Haulage) Ltd, who are based at Broadleaze in Broadhembury, near Honiton, Devon, decided it was ‘time for a change’ and recently acquired their first-ever Volvo six-wheeler.
The six-wheeler FMX tipper is the first of its type to enter service in the West Country. Specialising in the movement of aggregates and subsoil within a 30-mile radius of home base, family-owned business R J Hill operates nine other top-quality tipper vehicles, but was attracted to the Volvo by the superior ground clearance and by the expectation of reduced fuel costs.
“We were impressed by the appearance and build quality of this particular Volvo,” said managing director Paul Hill. “We pride ourselves in being able to deliver a fast and flexible service to our customers many of who have come to rely on our same-day delivery.”
“The new Volvo will undoubtedly enable us to maintain our service levels and the vehicle exudes quality which will be noticed by our customers,” he added. “The purchase of this vehicle will certainly benefit our operation.”
Featuring the frugal D11C-370 hp Volvo engine driving through a Volvo two-pedal fully-automated I-Shift gearbox, the Volvo FMX is equipped with a Charlton ‘Super-Lite’ body and Edbro CX-13 front-mounted tipping ram.
The truck is painted in the distinctive silver and red livery employed by R J Hill and the body fitted with a matching red load-cover sheet.
Driver reaction to the new Volvo has been good, according to Paul Hill, who feels that the automated gearbox will contribute towards reduced fuel consumption as well as simplifying the driving operation.
The R J Hill Volvo was supplied by Truck and Bus Wales and West and will be serviced by Stuarts Commercials of Exeter.