O’Carroll Haulage & Crane Hire has taken delivery of a new Volvo FH 420 8x2 drawbar
rigid, in a deal which sees the firm continue its commitment to the Swedish manufacturer.

The County Limerick-based business runs an almost exclusively Volvo fleet and has returned
to the marque again for its latest addition.

O’Carroll Haulage & Crane Hire is a family-owned business that has been in operation for
more than 20 years.

The company provides transport solutions for a wide range of customers and industries throughout Ireland, including the building and construction sector, private sector, Irish Rail, energy company ESB and Gardai.

The new Volvo FH, which is supplied by McCarthy Commercials, is powered by Volvo’s D13K engine, delivering up to 420 hp and 2,100 Nm of torque, and boasts an automated 12-speed I-Shift gearbox.

Maurice O’Carroll, MD at O’Carroll Haulage & Crane Hire, said: “Volvo is a brand that we know and trust. We’ve never had any reason to look elsewhere. The FH is as reliable as they come, and the fuel figures are also strong.

“The team at McCarthys look after us well, the support we get from them is always what
we’d expect. Overall, it’s just a great package – an unrivalled one, in our opinion.”

The tag-axle FH rigid is equipped with a flatbed body and a PM Crane, supplied by Bennett
Crane & Truck. It is fitted with an electro-hydraulic steered rear axle which helps to maximise manoeuvrability when delivering to sites with limited access. The vehicle will be used for crane haulage work across the whole of Ireland.

Built on a 6,000m wheelbase, the new FH replaces an older Volvo in the family-owned
business’ fleet. The vehicle also features rear air suspension and is painted in the company’s Delhi red livery.

Inside the sleeper cab, the truck has been specified with a Drive+ package including fully
electronic air conditioning with sun, mist, and air quality sensors and a carbon filter, two
armrests on the driver’s seat, plus adjustable steering wheel with neck tilt.

A one bed living package offers additional rear cab storage space, nd comes with a 40mm mattress topper, and a luxury sleeper control panel.

The working environment is completed with a Media package, including navigation, which provides a complete infotainment experience, with DAB radio and a dynamic 12-inch highresolution instrument cluster, plus an accompanying secondary colour information display.

“The driver absolutely loves his new truck,” O’Carrol added. “He’s been with us for a couple of years now. He used to be a big fan of a rival manufacturer, but as soon as he got into a Volvo he vowed to never go back! Keeping our drivers happy is very important to us, so that was great to hear.”

The FHis expected to clock-up in the region of 120,000 km per year and is backed up by a three-year Volvo Blue Contract, covering all preventative maintenance.