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.”