Hampshire independent builders merchant, Elliott Brothers, has expanded its vehicle fleet with four new Iveco lorries.
The company has taken delivery of four new Iveco Stralis Active Day 26 tonne rear-steering rigids which join a further nine Stralis’ already in service and is part of a replacement programme for the old 18-tonne vehicles.
Each of the new vehicles, supplied by Hendy Van & Truck, has been factory-built with front air suspension and axle weight indicators, so the driver knows the exact weight over every axle – particularly useful for applications involving the multi-drop of heavy products.
“It’s an essential piece of kit to have on our trucks, but we’d previously always had it installed by an aftermarket supplier,” says Tony Adams, commercial director of Elliott Brothers.
“By choosing to have it factory-fitted, we got the load weight indicators and front air suspension for the same price we used to pay to fit the load weight indicators alone. What’s more, since they are installed on the factory line it means they are covered by the eight year Iveco Elements repair & maintenance agreement we have taken out with Hendy.”
The company’s move to operating 26 tonne vehicles has been driven by the requirement to maximise vehicle productivity, Adams says. “A 26 tonner can be driven by the same person who drove the old 18 tonne vehicles, yet the payload potential is nearly double. This increases productivity as less time is spent going to and from the branch, making our fleet more fuel efficient and lowering our carbon footprint. Factor in the rear-steering axle on the larger Stralis, which makes them more agile than any 18 tonner in our fleet, and its a win-win situation. What’s more, as building sites are increasingly jammed into more restricted areas, the rear-steer axle ensures we can always deliver. The turning circle is fantastic.”
The four Stralis’ have each been mounted with a dropside body, together with a HIAB XS crane and rear parking sensors to ensure maximum safety when the vehicle is reversing. The trucks will be spread across different sites within Elliott’s network of ten branches, typically operating five days a week within a 25 mile radius and expected to cover up to 25,000 miles a year.