The first three Mercedes-Benz tippers to wear the red and grey colours of Derbyshire’s JC Balls & Sons have been specified with versatility and manoeuvrability in mind.
The third-generation family firm, which offers excavation, earthmoving, plant hire and recycling services, chose 6x4 Arocs chassis rather than the 8x4 version preferred by most operators for its higher payload capacity.
JC Balls has long favoured 26-tonners for work on local highways contracts. Supplied by Derby dealer Mertrux, its Arocs 2635Ks have ClassicSpace M-cabs and are powered by 7.7-litre engines producing 354hp (260kW). They are fitted with lightweight, all-steel Thompsons Stonemaster bodies, and tip the scales at 10,700kg unladen.
“That translates into a highly competitive 15-tonne payload capacity,” said Jamie Balls, whose grandfather Jim founded the company in 1963 with a single digger. “A 6x4 truck is a lot more manoeuvrable than an eight-wheeler, which is a big advantage on some of the roads in this area.”
The Aroc range is purpose-designed for construction-related applications. Off-road versions combine frames offering a high degree of torsional flexibility for enhanced traction, with excellent ground clearance and the ability to negotiate steep approach and departure angles.