Proven reliability and superior handling meant another Mercedes-Benz Arocs was at the top of the list when A1 Plant & Haulage needed a new truck.
Mercedes-Benz vehicles already make up the bulk of the York-based company’s eight-strong line-up, and director Stuart Handley was adamant he wanted another – especially as he would be driving it himself.
Supplied by dealer BLS Truck & Van, the new Arocs 3246 has a ClassicSpace S-Cab, decked out with a colour-coded bumper and mudguards, protective headlamp grilles, air horns and a light bar. The 320mm engine tunnel allows the driver’s seat to be set lower than higher-riding variants, and means fewer steps are required for entry and exit. Power comes from the top-rated 355 kW (455 hp) version of Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ 10.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engine.
The chassis is fitted with a robust Governor all-steel tipping body by L Townend, of Holmfirth, with Harsh underfloor tipping gear, and had a Palfinger Epsilon M125 crane arm with Kinshofer clamshell grab installed behind the cab by TH White, of Devizes.
“We’ve been very well served by the Arocs tippers we already run,” revealed Mr Handley. “They don’t give us any problems and have been noticeably more reliable than vehicles we’ve tried from rival brands. They’re popular with our drivers too, and I can see why. The cabs are extremely well designed and comfortable.”