Cornwall-based Combellack Vehicle Recyclers of Roche has put two new 26-tonne Volvo FM-420 6x2 rear-steer lift axle chassis into service - the UK’s first to be fitted with fully-galvanised Belle eight-car salvage bodywork.
Supplied by Justin Fisher, Sales Director at Stuarts Truck and Bus, both chassis are powered by Volvo D13K Euro-6 engines rated at 420hp. I-Shift 12-speed automated transmission systems, nine-tonne front axles and Sleeper cabs are also part of the FMs’ detailed specification. The pair’s interior cab options include full leather trims, refrigerators and Volvo Sat-Nav / audio packages. Heated and cooled drivers’ seats will also provide all year round comfort levels, during daily operations across the south west of England.
The front steel, rear air suspension rigids provide the UK debut for Belle’s fully-galvanised eight car salvage bodies. The twin deck transporters’ specification also includes winches, solid decking and snatch blocks.
“The new Volvo FMs are definitely the right truck for our operations and came in at the right price,” notes Darren Combellack at Combellack Vehicle Recyclers.
“Our drivers were involved in the specification process and they’ve been able to personalise the vehicles. The FMs are quiet and comfortable, with good pulling power for the many hills in Cornwall and Devon. The drivers also love the cooled seats and both vehicles are regularly returning around 9mpg. That figure is, as expected, improving with the vehicle’s age,” Darren adds.
Combellack Vehicle Recyclers chose a seven-year Volvo Gold Service Contract for the FMs, which will be carried out by Stuarts Truck and Bus’s recently opened dealerpoint in Victoria, which is close to the firm’s Roche base.
“It’s early days in our partnership with the Victoria dealerpoint of Stuarts Truck and Bus, who are also servicing our Belle transporter bodywork. The sales and service levels have been good and I’d like to refine that process further as time goes on,” Darren reports.
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Notes for Editors :
1. Combellack Vehicle Recyclers has been established for 35 years in Roche, Cornwall.
2. The family-owned and operated business specialises in vehicle recycling, dealing with accident damaged or written off vehicles for repairs or recycling. The company also offers a comprehensive car parts supply and end of life vehicle processing.
3. Combellack Vehicle Recyclers is one of the most sophisticated and progressive salvage vehicle operators in the UK, meeting all current legislation and environmental standards for the collection, storage and disposal of salvage vehicles.
4. The company’s fleet of eight transporters are continuously kept busy, as this business handles around 40 cars a day, a figure that equates to 10,000 vehicles per year.