A new Volvo FH rings the changes at James Innes & Son Ltd

Portsoy based bulk tipper transporters, James Innes & Son Ltd has put a new Volvo FH truck into service. The 500hp tractor unit is the first Volvo truck purchased by the company in 24 years. Supplied by Kevin Fraser, Transport Solutions Executive at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland, the 6×2 tag axle unit was ordered with a Globetrotter Cab on a medium height chassis.

James Innes & Son also specified Hyva hydraulics and a Jost low-maintenance fifth wheel, as the new FH will be used to haul either Fruehauf or Wilcox bulk tipper trailers on grain haulage. In previous years, the Portsoy company has used a Gold cab colour, but the Volvo is the first to sport a Signal White cab with graphic lettering by Driver Signs. “We’ll use the white based livery from now on, as it helps with the resale process and saves the cost of repainting vehicles into a neutral colour,” notes Neil Innes, Managing Director at James Innes & Son Ltd. The fresh looking tractor unit’s presentation standards are also boosted by Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels, which in turn help with payload figures.

The firm’s fleet of 14 articulated bulk tippers operate as far south as the Carlisle and Newcastle areas and its drivers regularly have four nights out per week. “I’ve specified the Globetrotter cab to include leather trims, a microwave oven and a coffee maker, in addition to an under bunk fridge / freezer,” Neil adds. Founded by James Innes in the late 1970s, with a six wheeled Volvo F86, the business then expanded with two eight wheeled Volvo F86 chassis, which were assembled back then at Volvo’s Irvine production plant. Some Volvo F10 and FL10 models followed before the Innes family tried an early version FH in 1995.

“We’ve used another vehicle marque almost exclusively since 1983 and I thought it was time for a change,” Neil declares adding, “The Volvo FH’s performance will gives us a useful benchmark and it will also be interesting to compare dealer support and back up levels.

I’m confident that Kevin Fraser, our local Volvo salesman, will look after us and he’s also going to monitor the truck’s fuel returns via Dynafleet.”

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