High spec Volvo FH 540 to haul heavy equipment through Scotland

05 October 2023 #Tractor

Celmisa Plant Hire has taken delivery of a new FH 540 Globetrotter 6×4 tractor unit to haul heavy plant equipment throughout Scotland’s central belt.

Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland, the new vehicle will be paired with a Faymonville trailer.

Powered by a Euro VI D13K Step E engine, the FH delivers 540 hp and a peak torque of 2,600 Nm, and is driven through an automated 12-speed I-Shift gearbox.

To maximise startability, Celmisa has also opted to equip its new arrival with two extra gears – one Crawler and one ultra-low Crawler – which could also reduce clutch wear by up to 75%.

The haulier also specified Volvo’s Tandem Axle Lift, for improved fuel efficiency and a tighter turning radius when operating unladen, together with improved traction when laden.

Based in Neilston, just south of Glasgow, Celmisa’s new FH is backed by a Volvo Gold Contract to cover maintenance, and the vehicle is expected to cover up to 50,000 km per year working five days a week.

Mark Johnston, Plant Manager at Celmisa Plant Hire, said: “As our yard is located at a farm at the top of quite a steep hill, it can be tricky hauling heavy loads up and down, especially when we hit the wet, icy and snowy winter months.

“Having those gear changes automated takes a huge amount of stress off our drivers’ shoulders and will make climbing that hill an absolute breeze, in pretty much any weather.”

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