With their better fuel economy, comfort levels and payload, the Mercedes Actros has impressed T&J Haulage.
The firm has taken on two Mercedes Actros 2445s with the aerodynamic StreamSpace cabs which have also been fitted with chrome trim, light bars and which run on Dura-Bright alloy wheels.
The bulk tipper operator is achieving fuel economy of 7.75mpg which is an impressive rate for the type of application. It’s also much better than their fleet average.
The new tractors have been paired with Wilcox aluminium tipping trailers with a payload of 29.5 tonnes so they are kept working hard.
Indeed, the Mercedes Actros ploughs its trade on hilly A and B roads between Yorkshire and Lancashire shifting aggregates and agricultural goods for customers around the country.
Mercedes Actros have impressive fuel economy
The managing director of Clitheroe-based T&J, Trevor Walker, said the firm also runs fully loaded at 44 tonnes for 90% of the time which also means the average MPG experienced by them is lower than many rivals.
He added: “We pay close attention to efficiencies and pay drivers a bonus for reaching fuel targets.
“The drivers are delighted with the new trucks and they love the comfort and space in the cabin as well as the quality interior fittings and fixtures.”
The Mercedes Actros tractors are powered by a straight six engine which produces 450HP which delivers power through the firm’s PowerShift 3 automated transmission.
Both of the tractor units have also been fitted with 17.5 inch wheels on the mid-lift axle rather than the standard 22.5 inch rims which helps to reduce unladen weight by 371kg.