William Nicol gets two new DAF XG+ trucks

09 February 2023 #Tractor

Aberdeen tanker hauler William Nicol has taken delivery of two New Generation DAF XG+ 530 six-wheel tractor units which it said have proven to be “exceptionally productive”.

Supplied and maintained by Norscot DAF in Aberdeen, the operator has said the pair of XG+ FTG 6×2 mid-lift axle tractors are proving to be more efficient than their previous generation XF counterparts.

Prior to ordering the XG+ duo, the firm was able to try out the New Generation range as part of DAF’s dealer demonstration programme.

The haulier said the support it has previously received from DAF’s nationwide breakdown service, DAFaid, and its dealer, Norscot DAF, was a major factor when choosing the marque again.

Established in 1935, William Nicol specialises in bulk liquid and powder transportation, with about half of its fleet dedicated to chemical distribution.

The remaining vehicles are deployed on agricultural and aquaculture work, as well as tank cleaning, waste oil recovery and jet washing.

William Nicol has also placed an order for two same-spec vehicles set to be delivered in 2023.

Gary Thomson, William Nicol General Manager, said: “As we’re primarily in liquid transportation, we have a lot of PTO (Power Take Off) time which skews our economy figures.

“Nevertheless, we’ve noticed the increase in efficiency afforded by our new trucks. In fact, we’re seeing a 0.5mpg improvement. It’s just one of the reasons that we really like the new XG+.”

“They’re out on the road all week, so the extra space, fridge, microwave and wide bed all make a real difference to their day-to-day experience.”

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