T&J Haulage’s first Mercedes-Benz tractor units have been quick to impress bosses and drivers alike with their fuel economy, payload and comfort. Working from the bulk tipper operator’s headquarters in Clitheroe, Lancashire, the two eye-catching Actros 2445s have aerodynamic StreamSpace cabs with Kelsa lightbars and chrome trim, and ride on Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels.
T&J’s vehicles work nationwide for customers in the aggregates and agricultural sectors, but much of their time is spent on the hilly A and B roads of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
“Both drivers are delighted with their new trucks. The second went on the road in mid-May and has been assigned to a long-serving member of our team who was a dyed-in-the-wool fan of one of the other brands represented on our fleet. Managing Director Trevor Walker observed He’s been completely won over by the Mercedes-Benz, and loves the comfort and space, as well as the high quality of the interior fixtures and fittings. It also helps that the Actros look really smart in our colours!”
The trucks are powered by state-of-the-art, 330 kW (450 hp) straight-six engines which drive through smooth Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions. Both tractors are fitted with optional 17.5in wheels on the mid-lift axle, in place of the usual 22.5in rims – in this case, helping to reduce their unladen weight by a useful 371kg over a standard vehicle.
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