Mulgrew Haulage has acquired two Actros 630s in addition to eight new Actros 450s; another Actros 630 has gone to McAteer Recycling.
As a specialist haulage, storage and distribution operator, multi-award winning Mulgrew Haulage operates across the island of Ireland and the UK mainland, while Newry based McAteer Recycling is
a long established player in the recycling and waste management sector.
While both companies have differing requirements, they agree that fuel efficiency was a big factor in their decision to go with the Actros, with the 630s returning close to an impressive 9.5 mpg, while the Actros 450s, on a good day, can deliver up to 11 mpg. That’s attributable in no small measure, explains Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van NI’s truck sales executive Roy Owens, to the new and powerful 2nd Generation Euro VI 12.8 l OM 471 six-cylinder high torque engine which features enhanced X-Pulse common rail high-pressure injection, an asymmetric turbocharger and optimised
exhaust gas recirculation, as well as a new piston geometry and optimised cooling. The engine is perfectly matched to a PowerShift 3 transmission, the controls for which fall easily to hand, being locatedon the right hand steering column stalk along with Engine Brake and Retarder thus leaving the cross cab access free. The controls are simple to use – with a rotary switch to select direction, simply push or pull the lever to manually shift gear. EcoRoll and Creep mode are engaged automatically, but are easily and quickly switched off should conditions demand it.
Mercedes Benz says the new engine delivers up to a 4% fuel saving compared to the first generation of the OM471 and Mulgrew’s driver trainer William Heron agrees.“All of our business is long haul, with our trucks covering on average 2,500 to 3,000 kms a week, so fuel efficiency is paramount, and we find the Actros impressive. The
two 630s give us at least 9.5 mpg, while our drivers are getting up to 11 mpg in the 450s on a good week - and even 9.5 mpg on a not so good week, which is absolutely brilliant,” says William.
Adds Ryan McAteer: “Our new 630 is the flagship of our fleet. We’ve only had it for a few weeks and have already clocked up 16,500 miles. It is returning the best mpg by far, especially on our long haul ‘walking floor’ operations transporting waste paper and cardboard throughout the UK, so we are very happy. “The truck itself, because of its new styling, turns heads everywhere we go. It’s very high spec and we have also added a few extras, such as additional lights. The high cab and array of mirrors also offer excellent visibility, which is very important in our line of work. We also fitted a microwave and a television to the Giga Space cab which is like a home from home.”
Indeed, the 2500 mm wide GigaSpace cab offers an outstanding 2.13 m of headroom, and the best storage space of any truck – both in terms of intelligent use of space, and internal volume. The cab offers 920 litres more internal space than the previous Actros MegaSpace cab.
Providing the ultimate in driver comfort for long distance transport tasks, the GigaSpace cab essentially offers the driver a three room apartment – with lots of space to work, space to live, and space to sleep – as well as numerous stowage facilities, includinga lockable compartment for valuables – and a bunk bed, with a memory foam mattress, which ensures the driver can relax in total comfort. Dromore headquartered
Mulgrew Haulage, who recently expanded its operations with the acquisition of an additional and bigger site at Culcavy near Hillsborough, also opted for the GigaSpace cab because of its many attractive features. “Our long distance drivers are away from home four or five nights a week, so choice of cab was important,” says William Heron. “The GigaSpace offers not only a great working environment, but also comfortable living and sleeping conditions. In addition to the already high spec level, we’ve kitted out the cabs with microwaves and fridge / freezers.”
Apart from superb handling and performance, other features that appeal to the drivers and make their working day that much less stressful range from a multifunction steering wheel and instrument cluster with colour display to the ergonomically arranged controls. The steering wheel, for example, accommodates eight buttons on both the right and left, making it easy to control a whole array of functions to make life easier
- telephone calls can be answered, assistance systems can be operated and radio settings can be adjusted.
The comfortable air-suspended seat can be positioned to meet individual driver requirements. It is equipped with pneumatic height adjustment, seat cushion angle and depth adjustment and has an integrated headrest, together with a height- adjustable 3-point automatic seat belt.
The Mercedes-Benz Actros also employs many safety and assistance systems to reduce risks and ease the burden on the driver. Along with the Electronic Braking System with ABS, ASR, Brake Assist, hill holder and Active Brake Assist, Stability Control Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Attention Assist also contribute to the high level of safety.