V Fraser & Sons Ltd, based in Cookstown, County Tyrone, have recently taken delivery of a Volvo FH16-750 tractor unit from Volvo Truck & Bus dealer, Dennison Commercials – the truck is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland.
The XL Globetrotter cab has been kitted out to the highest specification to offer the ultimate in driver comfort and safety, including ‘Driving+’, ‘Visibility+’ and ‘Personal Safety’ packages, which contain functions and components that make the working environment safer and more comfortable. Additionally, the Fraser specification includes a luxurious leather and plush interior trim, an in-cab television, fridge and a full-colour reversing camera display unit, which raises and lowers from a hatch in the dash – a functionality unique to Volvo.
An advanced EBS (electronically controlled brake) system with integrated electronic stability program has been specified and the truck has also been fitted with the new Volvo RSS1360 single reduction axle, making it especially suited to high speed heavy transport. This axle also comes with a differential lock to improve manoeuvrability when the road surface is slippery. This arrangement offers the added benefit of optimised fuel consumption.
Externally, the addition of a light bar, air horn and Dura-Bright alloy wheels, coupled with a striking thirtieth anniversary livery, add to the already dramatic aesthetic of this FH16 model. Having only been on the road for a few weeks, the Fraser International truck has already been turning heads amongst truck enthusiasts at ferry ports across the UK and Ireland.
The family-owned company is run by Vivian Fraser along with his sons, Ally and Trevor, each of whom drive for the business. They have been loyal Volvo fans for many years, since their first Volvo was purchased in 1985 (an FH12 385hp). The latest anniversary 750hp model – which is being driven by Trevor – joins a string of FH16s supplied by Dennison Commercials, from their first in 1998, which was a 520 model, to a 610 in 2004 and a 700 in 2010, which is currently driven by Ally.
Of the Volvo product, Trevor explained, “The power of the FH16 is important for our heavy haulage operation. It has always performed well for us, even in the most difficult road conditions. We also enjoy the comfort and reliability of the Volvo”.
Ally agreed, “We continually benefit from the reliability of our Volvos – they require less maintenance, especially over the lifetime of the vehicle. In our experience, repair costs increase with other truck makes in years four and five of service”.
The Fraser business operates tipping trailers, transporting aggregates, coal and animal meal throughout Great Britain and Ireland on a daily basis.
Vivian Fraser, Managing Director of V Fraser & Sons commented, “We have built up an excellent relationship with all at Dennisons over the years and although we have tried other manufacturers’ trucks in the past, we continue to buy Volvos as their product back-up is second-to-none and the Dungannon depot location is really convenient for us”.
Incidentally, the FH16’s engine also celebrates an anniversary this year. The first 16-litre was introduced to the market in 1987, meaning that 2012 sees the twenty-fifth anniversary of this flagship top-of-the-range Volvo truck engine.
The FH16 is the premium choice for the longest and most demanding haulage operations. With its excellent driveability, unique comfort, unparalleled safety and extreme durability it is second to none on the road. The new D16G engine offers even more power and immense torque, making the FH16 ideal for express service in long haul, hilly terrain, or as a real muscle motor for heavy haulage. The 750hp model offers 3550Nm of torque, making it the most powerful production truck in Europe.