"We've not bought Volvo before, but we were offered an FL rigid on demonstration and the driver said it was a good vehicle for the job we were doing," Director Mark Pritchard reports, adding, "The turning circle on some other vehicle makes can be a hindrance, but the Volvo met all the criteria we needed.
So far the decision to go purchase Volvo trucks has proved to be the right one, with an FL818 powered by a D8K 250 engine and fitted with Multi-lift equipment on a 3800mm rigid 4x2 wheelbase. This 18-tonne truck, supplied by Iain Cass, Regional Sales Manager at Crossroads Truck and Bus Ltd, is light enough to have made a big difference to this operation."
"Some of the eight yard skips can have an unladen weight of nearly eight tonnes themselves, putting us very close to the maximum weight limit once laden," Mark explains, "The lower weight in the Volvo FL chassis makes it much easier for us to stay compliant. Aesthetically it's a nice vehicle as well,"
He continues. "We get all our vehicles wrapped in our company livery, so the name and presentation are what we're about too."
Things worked out so well that Bill Dyson Skip Hire have ordered a second vehicle, which this time is an FMX 8x4 32-tonne hook lift, also with Multi-lift equipment and Volvo's D11K engine rated at 410hp.
"Again, the driver liked it, feeling it didn't labour as much pulling away as our other vehicles," Mark says. "When you've got a 25 yard skip full of soil on the back you need the power at the right point, and that's really rare to find."
Ride height was the final draw for the company. "The Multi-lift sheeting system works very well on that vehicle, not standing proud of the roof of the cab," notes Mark. "A lot of the others in the marketplace are very high, which isn't suited to our work where you're going into building sites and manoeuvring under scaffolding. Again, it's the right vehicle for the job."
Last, but not least, ease of passage through the purchasing process has smoothed the way for all concerned. "Volvo have been very easy to deal with, very transparent, particularly our dealer, Crossroads Truck and Bus Limited," Mark concludes. "They say what they're going to do all the way along, and so far they've delivered."