Atherton-based Maxilead Metals has put a new Volvo FH 500 6×2 tractor unit on the road, decked out in eye-catching metallic silver and yellow livery.
With more than 35 years of experience in the scrap metal recycling sector, Maxilead’s latest FH is based at the company’s brand-new state-of-the-art depot in Atherton.
Paired with a tipper trailer from Colson Trailers, the truck will operate five to six days a week covering around 40,000 miles annually, transporting bulk scrap materials to customers across the North West.
The new arrival continues the firm’s 20-year relationship with the Swedish manufacturer.
Supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, the Volvo FH arrives as a fleet addition taking the scrap metal recycling business up to a total of 11 commercial vehicles.
Tom Clay, MD, Maxilead Metals, said: “We’ve run many Volvos across the last two decades and, as a result, we’ve become well accustomed to the high reliability and driving performance its products deliver day-in, day-out.
“Our drivers love the comfort inside the cabs, as well as the overall Volvo aesthetic too. We’re firm believers Volvo is comfortably the best truck for our industry.”
The new FH is powered by a Euro 6-complaint D13K Step E engine producing 500 bhp and a peak torque of 2500 Nm. It’s driven through Volvo’s automated 12-speed I-Shift transmission.
The truck’s Globetrotter cab is fitted with a Living+ package featuring a premium 50 mm mattress topper and a reclining bunk. Maxilead Metals has also opted for 245 litres of rear cab upper storage and a 33-litre under-bunk fridge/freezer.
Volvo’s Drive+ package further enhances the in-cab experience, adding fully electronic air conditioning with sun, mist and air quality sensors with carbon filter; an adjustable steering wheel with neck-tilt; and an electrically operated fabric interior sun visor.
Other features include a heated and suspended driver’s seat with dual armrests and leather upholstery.
Volvo’s Media package with navigation adds DAB radio and a dynamic 12-inch high-resolution instrument cluster with an accompanying secondary colour information display.
To increase safety, the truck is also fitted with a Visibility+ package adding LED headlamps which automatically adjust to ambient light conditions, electrically heated and operated rear-view mirrors; and rain-sensing windscreen wipers to provide the driver with a crystal-clear view of the road.
Volvo’s I-See Predictive Cruise Control is also fitted, which analyses and adapts to gradients in the road ahead. Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning systems are also onboard.
Maxilead Metals has also placed an order for a Volvo FL 420 rigid skiploader, due for delivery shortly.
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