Chris Stanley was a confirmed Volvo fan until he bought his latest eight-wheeler – a Mercedes Actros 3235K hookloader.
The Actros was the first new Mercedes to join the fleet of family business SB Tippers, and has already established itself as a firm favourite.
"We run a lot of Volvos but this time wanted to try something different," explains Mr Stanley. "We have an old Mercedes rigid, bought second-hand, which has been a very reliable tool over the years, so decided to take a look at the 8x4 Actros.
"It has proved a great success," he continues. "The 3235K has good ground clearance and a very strong chassis. The engine has plenty of power and torque, and the whole thing is robust and well built; it’s a very good piece of kit."
SB Tippers is based in Great Harwood, near Blackburn, and its new Mercedes was supplied by local dealer Ciceley Commercials.
The Actros is used primarily to deliver and collect hired skips, but also doubles up as a transporter for some of the company’s plant and machinery that would otherwise have to go onto a low-loader.
"We can drop the body onto the ground, drive the plant inside, lash it down and then lift the whole thing back up – it’s a very useful second string to the Mercedes’ bow," adds Mr Stanley.
John Baker, Truck Sales & Marketing Manager for Mercedes Benz, says: "The Actros 3235K may not be the lightest eight-wheeler on the market but it still offers a very acceptable payload which, when combined with its outstanding strength and durability, makes it ideally suited to a host of demanding applications."Published 1 February 2003