First Volvo factory makes a big impression on WHC Hire Services


WHC Hire Services, a company specializing in providing large installations to contractors, civil engineers, earthmoving companies, builders and other commercial customers, is modernizing its fleet with two new Volvo FE 4 × 2 forwarders.

The 18-ton FEs are fitted with beaver tail bodies and replace small trucks from a competing manufacturer, allowing the company to haul larger equipment, such as excavators and dumpers from its factories. Tewkesbury, Cotswolds and Worcester.

Jack Clutterbuck, depot manager at WHC Hire Services, says: “We update our trucks every five years. So when our fleet needed to be renewed, the majority of our drivers recommended Volvo. Reliability and price were a deciding factor for us, and we are certainly impressed. These are the first Volvos we own and so far they have been easy to use, with simple controls and great comfort.

Supplied by Adam Barnard, Regional Sales Manager at Truck and Bus Wales and West, the FEs are powered by the Volvo D8K diesel engine, producing up to 320 hp and 1,200 Nm of torque. In addition, together with Volvo’s I-Shift gearbox, they provide an effortless and safer driving experience.

The trucks are covered by a five-year Volvo Gold contract, with all servicing and maintenance provided by the Truck and Bus Wales and West depot in Evesham.

“We chose the Gold Contract because it takes everything away from us and gives us real peace of mind,” says Clutterbuck. “Currently we have six other alternative brand trucks in our fleet and when they are renewed in the next two years we will certainly speak with Volvo again. “

The new FEs will cover up to 60,000 km per year, delivering factory machinery to customers in the region.

Equipped with DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning, FE cabins provide a spacious working environment for the WHC Hire Services team.

In addition, safety and visibility are maximized with Volvo’s factory-fitted additional lower rim glass on the passenger door.

Founded in 1997, WHC Hire Services has an excellent reputation for the quality of its equipment and its emphasis on health and safety. With continued investments and an ever-growing rental fleet, WHC continues to effectively meet the demands of its growing customer base.


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