As far as the market for tipping trucks in the UK is concerned, the Volvo FM Tipper stands alongside Scania’s P Series as the most common second hand tipper available in the used truck market.
Volvo Truck’s reliability and the ruggedness of the base FM version means that many operators do not need to take advantage of the ‘construction’ version of the FM – the Volvo FMX.
Expect to see nearly all of the FM Tippers for sale at 320 tonnes GVW with 8×4 axle configuration and thee sweet spot of power output sitting around the 400hp mark.
Plenty of the older versions of the FM tipper will be destined for export markets – steel suspension a must in these environments. Again, most will be steel tippers, but lighter, aluminium bodied version are also available. Expect to find manual gearboxes in older models, whilst later FM Tippers will be running with Volvo’s excellent I-Shift transmission.