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Move plant between sites

80 tonne tractor unit

MJ Church, based at Marshfield, Wiltshire, has commissioned a pair of 80-tonne tractor units from the Mercedes-Benz Aroc range. One of the biggest civil engineering, earthworks and waste management contractors in the south-west, MJ Church’s heavy-haulers were supplied by Avonmouth dealer City West Commercials.

The 6x4 tractors have flat-floored StreamSpace cabs, and are being used mainly to transport diggers, excavators and other heavy plant between sites and rental customers on four-axle King low-loader trailers.

Both are 2651 models with advanced 380kW (517hp) six-cylinder engines mated to 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions. Fea­tures include optional high-per­formance, three-stage auxiliary brakes which reduce wear on the service brakes while enhancing safety and control.

MJ Church introduced its first 8x4 Arocs 3240s in 2015, follow­ing successful trials. It is now run­ning eight with steel Charlton tipping bodies and, in two cases, Palfinger Epsilon grabs, which are all on muckaway work, as well as a pair of Hyva hook-loaders based on the same chassis.

Transport manager Karl Wintle commented: “Driver feedback on the Aroc tractors has been very positive. They are impressed with the engine and gearbox, particu­larly in terms of low-speed manoeuvrability, while the cab, although slightly smaller than they’ve been used to, is praised as a well-designed workplace.”

City West Commercials deliv­ered a programme of instruction on the 80-tonne units. Wintle said: “I spoke afterwards to one of our drivers and he said he was impressed with what the vehicle was capable of and how he could make life easier for himself.”

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