Following a comprehensive vehicle assessment and selection process, Hills Quarry Products has taken their first Renault Trucks Range C tipper onto its fleet. The company’s stringent evaluation criteria included vehicle performance, driver feedback, financial viability and dealer back-up service, with the 32-tonne Range C430 8x4 and supplying Renault Trucks dealer, Sparks Commercial Services Ltd (Swindon), delivering the combined results that secured the deal.

John Warner, Transport Manager, Hills Quarry Products, says: “Early in 2016 we were granted access to a Range C eight-wheeled tipper demonstrator to allow a thorough assessment of its performance including carrying capacity, fuel consumption, driver comfort and safety features. The assessment gave us really positive results with each driver who tested the vehicle rating it highly for its spacious, ergonomic cab, good torque and excellent visibility.”

As well as vehicle performance and, as part of the decision-making process, financial viability was evaluated against quotations from a selection of manufacturers. John adds: “Following the combined results of these assessments, the decision was made to purchase our first Range C eight-wheeled tipper from Renault Trucks and we have since added a Range D sweeper.”

The truck’s deployment on challenging terrain meant that responsive, reliable service and back up from Sparks Commercial Services were also key in the vehicle selection process.

John Warner continues: “Our trucks are tested to the limits in very punishing environments. As part of Hills Quarry Products’ commitment to high standards and road safety, we operate a five-year rolling replacement programme in addition to all of our vehicles being subject to full repair and maintenance contracts, to ensure every vehicle is maintained in an optimum condition. Sparks Commercial Services’ service has been impressive and, as well as great parts availability, they have been quick to respond to any issues arising and been timely with paperwork to meet all the legal requirements. ”

The new Range C, with Charlton Superlite tipping body, delivers aggregates and screed from Hills Quarry Products’ network of six quarries and five concrete plants to customers in a wide range of industries.

An additional 16-tonne Range D250 Johnston Sweeper V651 works around the company’s sites at the Cotswold Water Park.

The Range C has been designed to offer exceptional mobility for access to all types of ground and John explains how the trucks are a great fit for Hills Quarry Products’ operation: “Quarries have a naturally bumpy terrain that requires a combination of driver skill and training, as well as a robust vehicle drivetrain and safety features that ensure successful and safe delivery. The Range C fits in seamlessly with our work and is designed extremely well to support the quarrying workload.”

Tony Wills, Sparks Commercial Services comments on the deal: “Hills Quarry Products is a prestigious fleet, so it’s great to see the Range Cs in its distinctive colours. We’ve worked closely with John and the team to deliver the optimum vehicle and aftersales support for their operation. I’m delighted that they have now added the Range D to their fleet, as this is a great testament both to our relationship and the performance of Renault trucks.”