Throughout this time, crucially, all four depots have stayed open to support our clients, making sure we can get trucks back on the road as quickly as possible.
Highly skilled teams need trucks they can trust.
Mercedes-Benz Technician Gary Voisey and his team at Avonmouth take care of Bristol based company Plant Speed's fleet when they roll into City West. With a range of 'Swiss Army knife trucks' it's all about the detail with Plant Speed.
Gary commented on the recent maintenance on their Mercedes-Benz Arocs SLT "It's a beast of a truck, and although we're used to seeing these big hitters it's great to see them back in action. It's a reassessment of power and lift off for a truck this size but we've got the capacity and we've also got a 'Ready for Action' initiative which offers anyone an opportunity to proactively plan the return of their trucks to the road so we're open and ready to get you back to business."
City West Commercials delivered Plant Speed’s first Mercedes-Benz in 2013. At the time the mighty 250-tonne Actros Titan was the most expensive truck ever sold by the manufacturer in the UK – the 8x4 tractor and its Scheuerle modular equipment represented a combined investment of more than £1 million!
The operator was so impressed; particularly with the Turbo Retarder Clutch (one of the first trucks to be fitted with this ground-breaking system) it purchased another Mercedes-Benz vehicle in 2015, this time an Arocs from the Euro VI SLT range.
Paul Lomas explains, “Mercedes-Benz trucks are also technologically advanced – the Turbo Retarder Clutch is a fantastic piece of kit, brilliant for low-speed manoeuvres or when pulling away on a steep gradient, and a lot kinder to the drivetrain than a traditional torque converter.”
The first three-pointed star Arocs.
Since 2015 the business has obtained two Arocs BigSpace models and four 68-tonne Actros vehicles with range-topping GigaSpace cabs and tag axles.
The new 32-tonne Arocs 3246 with flat-floored BigSpace cab has a beavertail plant body and 56 tonne Fassi crane as well as coupling for pulling drawbar trailers. It’s the first rigid on the fleet to bear the three-pointed star and has replaced an eight-wheeler from 2005. “The Arocs has a much more spacious cab and a bigger crane.”
Tough and economical.
The beast of a truck is surprisingly manoeuvrable, considering its power and size – due to its steered rear axle. It also promises valuable fuel savings and reduced tyre wear, thanks to the fact the rear axle can be lifted when the vehicle is running light.
“We wanted a vehicle that’s economical to operate and agile – the sites this truck has to access can be quite tight, so the rear-steer axle is a big help,” said Paul.
After such positive feedback, we think Plant Speed may be adding more Mercedes-Benz trucks to its line-up in the future.
Bristol-based company Plant Speed provides its customers with cost-effective heavy haulage solutions, including out-of-gauge and break bulk consignments throughout the UK and Europe. The team is highly skilled and experienced, capable of handling tricky and delicate loads whilst adhering to the safest working practices.
And discover more about their latest truck here.
An Arocs Makes An Entrance.
To find out more about Ready For Action - call our service team on 0117 938 7770.
Our Ready for Action initiative offers you an opportunity to proactively plan the return of your trucks to the road with your local Mercedes-Benz partner. Ready for Action is an enhanced visual check with battery condition assessment, a quick test and a short road test. These inspections exceed the DVSA requirements and minimise potential downtime by identifying defects resulting from a period off the road prior to the vehicle’s scheduled PMI. As an added benefit, by booking these inspections with your Mercedes-Benz partner, you will not only get an early view of any work that will be required at the next PMI, but will minimise the risk of high levels of S24h call-outs that could occur if the restarting of any stood-down trucks is not managed correctly.