Sand, gravel and aggregates specialist, Smiths Bletchington in Kidlington near Oxford, has added two new DAF LF 250 FA Construction 18-tonne tippers to its all-Euro-6 fleet. Replacing two competitor vehicles, the pair of middleweights were selected primarily for the ‘outstanding’ aftersales support supplied by local DAF Dealer, HTC Oxford.
The new 4×2 tipper chassis join five other DAF trucks, including 8×4 CF Construction tippers which go to make up a 34-strong fleet. The DAF marque has been a constant feature of the Smiths fleet for ten years, although the current burgeoning relationship with HTC has elevated the British-built brand to a preferred supplier status.
“The aftersales support really is spot-on,” said Workshop Manager, Tim Norridge, at Smiths Bletchington, “At dealer level especially, HTC in Kidlington is excellent. They’re on our doorstep, which helps of course, and Parts deliveries are super-quick. But, moreover, HTC takes ownership of any issues that may arise and we’re kept fully abreast of progress. Peace-of-mind,” he said, “really is important; just as important, in fact, as the quality of the truck. We have a mixed fleet, but other manufacturers can’t touch DAF for back-up.”
DAF’s LF Construction chassis is a dedicated tipper chassis ideally adapted for on- / off-road applications. With the tightest turning circle in its class Smiths Bletchington’s LF Construction 18-tonner features a raised, galvanised steel, front bumper to offer ground clearance of 32cm and an approach angle of almost 25 degrees. Further protection is provided by a steel radiator plate, and class-leading cab comfort means the LF Construction is equally at home on the highway and the construction site.
“The DAF LF has excellent off-road credentials,” added Norridge, “our trucks are really put through their paces – often in quarries – so high ground clearance is a big benefit to us. Out on the road too, our drivers appreciate the roomy, well-appointed LF cab. The LF,” he said, “is a multi-talented middleweight for our operation.”
Smiths Bletchinton, a FORS Bronze Member, recently introduced close proximity camera technology right across its tipper fleet. The ‘Blackeye 360 Sidescan’ system is fitted by Brigade Electronics, and, while manoeuvring at low-speed, provides the driver with an all-round view of the vehicle in a single image on an in-cab monitor.