I'Anson Bros Delivers Animal Feed in New Volvo 8x4 Truck
The vehicle, which was supplied by Volvo Dealer Crossroads, is an 8x4 chassis with a three-axle, air suspended bogie at the rear. The two drive axles have twin tires, with singles on the rearmost steering axle.
“We run nine bulk blowers on animal feed delivery and there are limitations with all of them, whichever way you slice it. The four-axle trucks cannot deliver into some farms with difficult access and the six-wheelers have been replaced as they were down on payload. We run two articulated trailers and have one 8x2 rear steer, but they are down on traction. One drive axle just isn’t enough for our operation,” I’Anson’s Transport Manager, Richard Mawer explains his strategy.
Immediately after taking delivery of the new Volvo truck, Mawer sent it out on one of the most difficult drops, in icy conditions. ”I was delighted. The driver reported good traction and it did the job, delivering top payload in tough conditions,” he reported afterwords.
The new Volvo tridem is fitted with rugged Priden blower bodywork and it will add an extra 35 tons per week to the current three-axle truck’s performance, which will reduce fuel costs and improve I’Anson Bros’s carbon footprint. It will also be able to work all their drops, giving them better flexibility.