The bulk haulage division of agricultural specialist GW Topham & Sons has taken delivery of ten DAF 44-tonne Super Spacecab tractor units, on contract hire from Ryder, as part of its plan to maximise vehicle uptime and increase payload capacity.
Cambridgeshire-based GWT was incurring expensive breakdown costs on its previous fleet, due to vehicle age, which it said was having a major impact on the company’s bottom line.
“The new DAF XF460s are lighter than the Scanias and Volvos they replace, and with the combination of the lightweight mid-lift axle and alloy wheels we have increased the payload capacity of our bulk tipping trailers to almost 30 tonnes,” said transport manager, Will Barton.
“This is of key importance to us as we are paid by the weight of load carried.”
The deal will see Ryder offer a full repair and maintenance cover, including overnight servicing of all vehicles.
GWT is currently in talks for Ryder to also service its own trailers.