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Eight-wheeler proves economical

Swansea-based Gavin Griffiths Group (GGG) was delighted with the performance of its first Mercedes-Benz rigid truck, the Arocs 3248K, so it returned to south Wales dealer Euro Commercials with an order for a second, identical vehicle.

GGG offers a range of waste management, earthworks and recycling services, as well as operating contracting and plant hire divisions.

The new eight-wheeler’s most striking attribute is its economy: 7.7mpg when pulling a digger or other piece of plant on a three-axled, low-loader trailer.

The 3248K has an aerodynamic StreamSpace sleeper cab and is fitted with a steel Thompsons tipping body. Its advanced 12.8-litre, straight-six engine transmits its 350kW (476hp) output via a 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift automated gearbox.

The vehicle is currently on muckaway work at GGG. Oper­ations manager Jake Stephens said: “The Arocs has bags of power and pulls really well uphill, even when it has a full load. The smooth auto box contributes to a comfortable drive.

“Off-road performance is impressive, thanks to the excellent traction and the fact that the Arocs sits higher and has more ground clearance than our other eight-wheelers.”

The truck is being inspected and serviced by Euro Commercials under a Mercedes-Benz repair and maintenance contract.

Stephens added: “We will be monitoring the Arocs’ reliability and the after sales support during the next three years. If it continues to perform well, and if the resale value proves as strong as we hope, then we are likely to add more Arocs to the fleet in the future.”



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