DAF Trucks are growing their presence in the nationwide fleet of trucks belonging to National pump hire, rental and distribution specialist, Selwood with the addition of six new DAF CF trucks.
Selwood used to favour a different truck manufacturer, but the experience of the trucks and the support of the dealer network has convinced the company to buy more DAFs.
Three out of Four Axles Steering
The trucks, supplied by Lancashire DAF in Preston, consist of 6×2 rear-steer 26-tonners and a four-axle 8×2 rear-steer. Selwood’s total fleet now includes 55 LGV trucks, 171 LCV’s and 127 cars.
The new 410bhp DAF CF eight-wheeler joins three existing four-axle rigids – all benefitting from DAF’s ‘FAX’ 8×2 axle configuration, which the company describes as offering an ideal low-profile flat-bed platform. Latest truck deliveries include beavertail and flatbed bodywork from PPS Commercials in Bury, with three of the 26-tonne 6×2 CFs equipped with cranes supplied by Hiab.
“We’re seeing better productivity returns from the eight-wheelers,” said Selwood’s Head of Transport, Paul Green, “the higher carrying capacity coupled with excellent manoeuvrability mean the DAF ‘FAX’ set-up is ideal for our operation. Drivers are really enthusiastic too,” he said, “the 370bhp engines on the 26-tonners represent a boost in power over our previous truck-brand, which they appreciate.
“We’re impressed with the DAF product and the aftersales support, hence the increasing presence on our fleet. We’re especially pleased with the back-up from Lancashire DAF. They’re always on hand to help with any issues.”
The Truck Buyer
Selwood is the UK’s leading pump rental company, holding framework agreements with the majority of water authorities and with large construction companies. Specialist pump rental branches exist at 20 locations across the UK, supplemented by five regional plant hire branches. Selwood recently opened a new London-based ‘solutions centre’ for customers in the capital and the south-east. The company also manufacturers its own range of pumps which are marketed and sold globally.
The inclusion of this DAF order brings the total of Euro-6 compliant trucks in the Selwood fleet to 95%. The van fleet will be 70% Euro-6 compliant while 75% of the car fleet has now moved away from diesel and onto PHEV or EV, meeting compliance strategies for various Clean Air Zones being introduced in the UK.