New Volvo FH 6x2 for Ben Bennett Jr
Grange Mill limestone quarry operator’s latest truck specification leaves no stone unturned
BEN Bennett Jr Ltd have taken delivery of a Volvo FH 6x2 tractor unit for national deliveries of limestone filler/granules from the company’s Grange Mill Quarry, in Derbyshire.
Supplied by Crossroads Truck & Bus, in Rotherham, the specification of the new 500hp flagship truck is said to leave no stone unturned.
Transport manager Steve Woolliscroft commented: ‘The driver of this particular truck always keeps his vehicles in immaculate condition, so when it came to replacing his old Volvo FH we wanted to do something a bit special.’
To this end, Crossroads Truck & Bus went the extra mile and added aluminium side skirts and a built-in toolbox. The truck then received a full colour-coding treatment and paintwork from Ultimate’s workshop in Wath-upon-Dearne.
Alcoa Dura-Bright wheels, stainless steel mirror backings and light bars from ‘Spot On’ in Newcastle-Under-Lyme provided the finishing touches to the exterior.
In regular use, the new Volvo FH tractor unit is coupled to a Feldbinder powder tanker and transports either limestone filler or granules to customers producing an array of products, such as sheet and bottled glass, pharmaceuticals, roofing felt, noise suppressants and even carpet backing.
The Bennett family have been working the Grange Mill Quarry since 1935 and currently extract around 300,000 tonnes of high-purity limestone per annum, approximately 50% of which is processed as powder and granules, with the remainder shipped directly as lump stone.