Following last week’s news of a 340k DAF XF Wrecker going to Alpha Recovery, this week we get the news of a new £350k DAF CF recovery truck conversion delivered to North-west truck recovery specialist, Jackson’s Recovery.
The 80-tonne DAF CF 530 eight-wheeler is the company’s new fleet flagship truck and will sit alongside their 17 year old DAF CF85.430 6×2 wrecker which is still working hard today.
The DAF CF Wrecker’s Specification
The CF 530 is based on DAF’s ‘FAD’ 8×4 axle configuration, plated at 80-tonnes GTW and geared with the ideal rear-axle ratio to provide optimum efficiency on Jackson’s extensive motorway work. Further specification includes a CF sleeper cab with vertical exhaust discharge, nine-tonne front axles and 13.0-tonne HR1670T hub-reduction rear axles on air suspension. The CF sleeper cab was selected to allow greater scope to access the north-west region’s rural road network, and to provide faster, easier entry and exit for the driver. Striking white paintwork includes colour coordinated mirror surrounds and steps, with Alcoa Durabrite wheels adding the finishing touch.
The new truck was supplied through local DAF Dealer in Carlisle, Solway DAF. Chassis specification was conceived and developed by family member David Jackson and also Dan Hayes at Solway DAF. Solway also supplied the 53-plate CF 85.430 6×2 with single hub-reduction axle, now with 250,000 miles on the clock.
The new Recoverer Trident body from Boniface Engineering includes Sidewinder XP legs fitted with two 13.0-tonne winches to provide a stable platform for working in restricted locations, and specialist low-height coupling gear from Dutch equipment provider, VDZ. Custom-built stainless steel bodywork is designed to integrate with the cab and give a smooth finished appearance front to back. Equipment boasts extensive capability for a wide range of recovery jobs, including a 45-tonne boom rating and 33-tonne capacity under-lift with Maxireach K Boom.
A Family Affair
Responsibility for the £350,000 truck falls to 25-year-old Ross Sinclair and his 30-year-old cousin, Richard Jackson – both members of the Jackson family who have grown the business since acquiring the locally well-known Blackwood Service Station in 1978. Today, nine members of the Jackson family are involved in the business.
A Manual Gearbox – Remember Those?
The new 530bhp DAF CF 8×4 is spec’d with 16-speed manual transmission which, the company concedes, is ‘old fashioned but still ideal for recovery work’. DAF is one of few manufacturers able to offer a manual option alongside the automated TraXon alternative.
“We’ve struck-up a fantastic partnership with DAF Trucks,” said Ross Sinclair, “and especially with Solway DAF in Carlisle. We have three excellent DAF Dealers within a 20-mile radius which means we’re extremely well supported. The new CF 530 is a big investment,” he said, “but, if it’s as reliable as old 6×2 DAF, it’ll be good for 20-years. We opted for a manual ‘box – we know it’s a little old fashioned but it’s still ideal for recovery work, and DAF is one of only very few manufacturers to offer a manual option.”
“We really like our old 6×2 CF 85.430. 17-years-old and super reliable. It’s only needed one new turbo and it’s still on its original engine, clutch and gearbox, and it’s out there everyday earning money.”