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Ward Dumptruck Hire expands its fleet with more Volvos

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Owner operator Brian Ward of Selby, North Yorkshire has just taken delivery of the first A25E articulated hauler to land in Great Britain with more units on order
Having operated all manner of dumptrucks and other plant for various companies for many years, Brian (Ginger) Ward decided enough was enough and set himself up in his own business in 2004 buying his first second hand Volvo A25C. Within a short space of time two further units were acquired and a further three D series trucks were delivered in June 2006. Just over one year later Mr Ward is the proud owner of the first A25E to be delivered in Great Britain with two more units on order for next spring.
“Since making the decision to work for myself, I haven’t looked back,” says Mr Ward who is also quick to point out that he wouldn’t have considered it if Volvo wasn’t part of his plan. “I’ve driven them all, but there’s no beating the performance, reliability and above all the comfort you get operating a Volvo hauler – there’s nothing to touch them on the market,” he says. Based in Selby North Yorkshire, Brian Ward has found a niche in the market offering his services to main contractors on large muck shifting and earthworks projects and will cover the whole of the country depending on where the work is. “Operating Volvo equipment is a door opener to new business,” says Mr Ward who’s A25E has gone to work for a main contractor – new to Ward Dumptruck Hire. The articulated hauler is engaged in hauling top soil and sub base material to create new, re-levelled playing fields at a private school on the outskirts of Leeds.
The recently launched Volvo A25E is equipped with a Volvo 9-litre turbo-charged high-performance low emission diesel engine developing 305 net hp and develops high torque at low engine speed. This is an important feature when starting from a standstill, making the hauler easy to manoeuvre in difficult terrain. The machine has all-wheel drive and 100% differential-locks, giving the operator many driving options. The hauler can go practically anywhere, economically and efficiently. The entire drivetrain – engine, transmission, dropbox and axles – is made up of Volvo components.
The dump body has a load capacity of 24000kg with a 15cu.m heaped SAE 2:1 volume and is constructed with 400HB steel throughout providing both high yield and tensile strength. A unique feature is the patented Volvo Load and Dump Brake. When the hauler is in position for loading or dumping, the operator presses a button to automatically apply the brakes and place the transmission in neutral. This improves safety and minimizes wear on the brakes and drivetrain. Once loading or dumping has been completed, the operator selects a gear and the Load and Dump Brake is disengaged.
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