Scaffolder George Roberts invests in three new Mercedes-Benz Arocs

Liverpool-based scaffolding firm George Roberts (North West) has invested in three new Mercedes-Benz Arocs, maintaining a long-standing association with the manufacturer.

The Arocs – replacements for three 6×2 Mercedes-Benz rigids that had been in the fleet for four years – were supplied by Dealer Roanza Truck & Van. George Roberts has had a relationship with Roanza’s Richie Rainford for some 25 years.

All are 3246 models with 10.7-litre straight-six 456hp engines and drive through Mercedes PowerShift automated transmissions. Two of the trucks have ClassicSpace M day cabs, the other a StreamSpace sleeper.

The three 8×2 Arocs rigids are fitted with dropside bodies by PPS Commercials, of Bury, and Fassi 485 cranes with a maximum outreach of more than 28 metres.

These are George Roberts’ first four-axled delivery trucks. The operator decided to upgrade its fleet from 26- to 32-tonners to cater for a growth in the number of larger contracts requiring deliveries of heavier loads.

Transport Manager Andy Roscoe said: “In terms of performance and reliability our Mercedes-Benz trucks have always been superb. They’re also well-appointed and popular with our drivers. If a scaffolding delivery is late an entire construction site can grind to a halt, so it’s crucial that our vehicles are up to the task. Experience has taught us that Mercedes-Benz trucks can be relied on to deliver on time, every time.”

George Roberts provides tube and fittings, scaffold boards, system scaffolding, formwork and related products for hire and sale worldwide. Its trucks deliver loads of scaffolding to sites across Britain – including new-build housing and commercial developments, as well as more specialised domestic and commercial renovation projects.

“The Arocs is ideally suited to operation on rough sites, being both rugged and reliable,” said Roscoe. “Meanwhile, Roanza’s Richie Rainford has put together another excellent package for us. He knows our business inside out and has always looked after us very well.”

The trucks with day cabs will typically deliver to large building sites – if their presence is required for more than a day, operatives stay overnight in local hotels. For multi-day jobs in more remote locations with no accommodation nearby, then the truck with the StreamSpace sleeper cab is sent.

George Roberts’ latest Arocs are the subject of a Mercedes-Benz Finance contract hire agreement.

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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