Cormar Carpets has taken delivery of 12 new DAF trucks under its rolling annual fleet replacement programme.
Seven of the trucks are DAF LF55 rigids at 15 tonnes gvw with the GR165 engine at 220. The other five are CF75 drawbars powered by the PR engine at 310 bhp and with the drawing unit plated at 18 tonnes and the trailers at 12 tonnes.
Cormar has had one each of the LF55s and the CF75s fitted with the AS-tronic automated transmission and has installed a telematics system to measure the fuel efficiency of these versus the manuals.
Both the trucks and the trailers are designed to carry six metre long demountable box bodies produced by PPS of Radcliffe, allowing total interchangeability between them.
Wheelbase Engineering of Blackburn fitted its ŒStraight Lift‚ demount system to both the trucks and the twin-axle trailers, which use a VBG coupling.
Delivery of the trucks was timed to meet the increase in demand for carpets leading up to Christmas. Those being replaced will not leave the fleet until January allowing an overlap to cover the peak of seasonal demand.
The vehicles are covered by a repair and maintenance contract through Paccar Financial and were supplied by Preston based dealer Lancashire DAF.