A Volvo 32,000kg GVW FMX 8×4 tipper fitted with a Boweld steel body and roll-over sheet is achieving a class leading payload of 20,500kgs and “excellent” fuel returns of 7.9mpg overall, says owner Allan Sanderson of Whitworth, Lancashire.

According to Allan Sanderson, unladen weight of the FMX-450, which features B-Ride rear bogie suspension, aluminium wheels and Volvo’s I-Shift automated transmission, is a highly competitive 11,500kgs. Not only, that, but in these severely straitened times; the Volvo is delivering the additional bonus of top fuel figures.

Allan Sanderson Haulage's Volvo FMX-450 8x4 tipper...

Allan Sanderson declares himself “over the moon” with fuel returns of 7.9mpg from the four month-old FMX: “It spends its working life in the Pennine hills on the Lancashire, Yorkshire border and within 25 to 50 miles of its base in the Rossendale Valley,” he explains, adding, “My son Joseph drives it and it also does off-road work making deliveries to construction sites. We’re particularly pleased with the payload which is excellent for any 8-wheeler, particularly one with a steel body.”

Although the truck works primarily on local deliveries of sand and gravel, the Boweld steel body was specified to allow a degree of flexibility as it is equally suitable for use on occasional muckaway duties. An additional benefit, says Allan Sanderson is that “all loads tip easier out of a steel body.”

The truck was supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials at Trafford Park, Manchester where it is being maintained on a two-year service contract. “We’ve used Thomas Hardie and Volvo’s R&M before. It gives us peace of mind as we know what our monthly maintenance costs will be and we don’t get any massive or unexpected bills. It’s also very convenient for us, as we drop the truck in at Trafford Park and they just do the job without having to ask for further authorisation. The people at Thomas Hardie are very easy to deal with and Ron Leach in particular is absolutely brilliant.”

Allan Sanderson Haulage's Volvo FMX-450 8x4 tipper...

Allan Sanderson Haulage has a policy of keeping their tippers for no more than two years. However, the excellent payload figures and fuel performance of the FMX present the possibility that this is one truck they may keep for three years, says Allan.