Bewlake Lift and Haul launches with Volvo FH and specialist crane gear

Newly-formed company Bewlake Lift and Haul Ltd has chosen an eye-catching Volvo FH tractor unit to launch its operations, accompanied by an extendable platform trailer and a crane thought to be the biggest in Northern Ireland.

County Antrim based Bewlake Lift and Haul was recently founded by its managing director, Mike Blake, it provides truck-mounted crane hire across Ireland.

Bewlake Lift and Haul’s FH 6×4 tractor unit features Volvo’s Tandem Axle lift and is plated for STGO operations up to 65 tonnes. Powered by a Volvo D13K engine with a power output of 540hp, the FH was ordered with a Globetrotter Cab and a high specification interior that includes full leather trim. The cab is also liveried with eye-catching graphics from Ecosse Signs.

It was purchased with a three-year Volvo Service Contract, which will be carried out by Dennison Commercial’s Coleraine dealerpoint.

The FH has been fitted with a Hiab 858 Hi-Pro EP6 truck mounted crane that can lift 22 tonnes at 3 metres and 4.1 tonnes at 16.3 metres. “At present this Hiab is possibly the largest in Northern Ireland and I decided on the FH chassis as I think Volvo builds the best truck on the road,” said Mike.

The FH hauls a new SDC extendable platform trailer that can stretch from 33 to 54 feet. The outfit permits Bewlake Lift and Haul to offer a combined crane and heavy transport solution, with high safety standards and maximum operational flexibility to customers, through a single vehicle solution.

Mike is the Blake family’s third generation to be involved in the road transport industry; his dad, Roy drove and then owned trucks over a period of 50 years, while his grandfather operated commercial vehicles prior to the Second World War.

So far, Mike has been impressed with the FH. “The Globetrotter Cab has already proved comfortable for multiple nights out and generally the FH is second to none, I’m extremely happy with it,” he said.

“I’m starting out in business on a very strong footing. The time spent researching such a comprehensive vehicle was well worth it.”

Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now writes for The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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