A New Volvo FM Rigid Boosts the Road Sweeper Fleet at Collins Earthworks
Kirkby in Ashfield-based, Collins Earthworks has taken delivery of its first Volvo FM sweeper truck, supplied by Kevan Morris, Truck Sales Executive at Crossroads Truck and Bus Limited. The new arrival joins a fleet of seven Volvo FEs in the company’s road sweeper division.
The high specification Volvo FM-330 4x2 rigid features a Globetrotter Cab above a D11K engine producing 330hp and 1600Nm of torque. Behind this Euro-6 power plant is Volvo’s award-winning I-Shift automated mechanical gearbox with 12 forward speeds, with the FM chassis featuring front steel, rear air suspension and an 8-tonne front axle. Specified for long distance site work, with nights out, the FM’s interior includes Drive Package Plus and 1 Bed Resting packages.
The new Volvo is fitted with a Stocks Sweepers S8400 sweeper body, which is designed for heavy-duty applications on an 18-tonne chassis. The S8400’s specification includes a JCB auxiliary engine, a 3650mm sweeping path and a 3000 litre clean water tank.
“We required a larger chassis for the Stocks Sweeper S8400 body, so it was a logical decision to move up to a Volvo FM rigid,” reports Andy Jinks, Transport Workshop Manager at Collins Earthworks.
“We already operate seven FE road sweeper vehicles and have another two in build, so we know the Volvo product range really well. The new FM sweeper came with a cab coloured bumper, mirrors, step and visor, in addition to Alcoa Dura-Bright EVO alloy wheels, so it really looks the part in our company livery,” Andy adds.
Collins Earthworks retain their road sweepers for around five years and the company operates a one driver, one truck policy to assist with this fleet’s signature high vehicle presentation standards.
“Our drivers rate Volvo trucks highly and the introduction of I-Shift automated gearboxes into the sweeper fleet has made a big difference. I-Shift is one of the best transmissions systems around and I’ve always associated the Volvo brand with good, strong products,” Andy concludes.
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Notes for Editors :
1. A loyal Volvo Trucks and Volvo Construction Equipment customer, Collins Earthworks was founded by Dave Collins many years ago.
2. Working initially as a sole trader, the business expanded and became a registered company in the year 2000.
3. Six years later the trading name was changed to Collins Earthworks Ltd and the company now operates on a nationwide basis, with sites from Scotland to Southampton.
4. Collins Earthworks’ 35-strong road transport fleet is spilt into three separate divisions; heavy haulage, muckaway / import and road sweeper hire.
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