SK Distribution has taken on four new Volvo FE-240 rigids for its Palletways delivery and collection networks.
The trucks are powered by Volvo’s Euro-6 D8K engine and feature 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission systems, single reduction 13-tonne drive axles. The dayshift operating vehicles were ordered with 255 litre aluminium diesel tanks.
The rigids include comfort cabs with an interior height of 1605mm, length of 2000mm and is 2300mm wide. They feature extra space that can accommodate a bed for one person or be used as office space with extra storage compartments. SK Distribution has opted for the office option.
The truck’s passenger doors have additional lower glazing panels, the cantilever tails lifts are fitted to the FEs and when not in use, the platforms also act as rear doors.
SK Distribution originally ordered four Volvo FL rigids but “were upgraded to the FE models due to our required wheelbase size of 6,450mm. We’ve had Fred Smith & Sons (Motorbodies) Ltd curtainside bodywork fitted to the group, each of which can accommodate 14 pallets and a pump lift truck. The extra half metre length over our old specification makes a big difference,” explained SK Distribution managing director Vic Smith.
“Six-year Volvo Service Contracts were included with our order to maximise vehicle uptime,” he added. “The FEs went into service last November and are doing well. Our drivers like them and the specification and performance of the new Volvo FEs is leaps and bounds over the other makes they replaced.”