A USED VOLVO FM PROVES WORTH THE WAIT FOR D&J REID
Based in Dalry, Ayrshire, D&J Reid was started by brothers David and Jamie back in 1980, solely as an agricultural contractor. However, as David's son Graeme explains, “You have to move where the work is at times, so with the slumps in that sector we shifted into more construction-related work, and now we do a bit of both.”
“The others are still involved, but they're getting on a bit now,” he says with a grin. “They must have been doing something right though – we'll be celebrating our 38th anniversary in October !”
Apart from a brief experiment back in the 1990s the Reid family have never owned a large vehicle, so their latest acquisition, a 2012 Used FM13 8x4 rigid hook lift with Multilift equipment, is a first for them. The truck also features Volvo’s 13-litre, 440hp Euro-5 engine and an I-Shift automated manual transmission system.
“We've always used a tractor and trailer in the past, but now the rules have changed, their days are getting numbered so I started looking for alternatives,” Graeme explains, adding. “We wanted a hook lift for versatility. I bought a couple of skips for our own use a few years ago, so all we had to do was invest in a flat body for carrying plant and we'd have a vehicle we could use for several jobs.”
Because this was something of an experiment, it seemed sensible to go for a used truck first time around and as Graeme adds, “We chose Volvo because they've got a reputation for building well-made trucks.”
Supplied by Volvo Used Truck Centres’ Sales Executive David Walker last February, as well as moving excavators and machines, Reid's new Volvo FM has also run stone from nearby quarries and been used on site clearances, so it's definitely earning its keep.
“The only downside to a hook lift is the reduced payload over a tipper, but we can get just over 16 tonnes on it and our bigger machines weigh in at 14.5-15 tonnes, so that's fine,” Graeme says. “In fact it's better than I expected, to be honest !”
This truck also has a drawbar coupling fitted – hence the larger engine – so the company can progress to using a trailer in future, but for now things are ticking along nicely.
“It's turned out well,” Graeme confirms. “It's good. We're having all the maintenance looked after by the Ayr dealerpoint of Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland on a Blue Volvo Service Contract. They found the truck for us in first place and it's been well worth waiting for the right one!”