Mtec commissions a multi-purpose Mercedes-Benz 'masterpiece'12 August 2020

International fine art logistics specialist Mtec is using a Mercedes-Benz heavy haulage tractor unit to deliver monumental sculptures for artists, galleries and museums, as well as private collectors. Plated for operation at a gross combination weight of 80 tonnes, the Hertfordshire-based operator's first new-generation Actros arrived via S & B Commercials. The 6x4 Actros 2653 is powered by a 12.8-litre in-line six-cylinder engine which produces 523bhp, and fitted with a 50 tonne/metre PM 50.26 crane behind the cab.

Mtec Managing Director David Williams specified his latest unit to undertake a broad variety of assignments. So as well as working in conventional fashion with a low-loading semi-trailer, it can also be fitted with a demountable body and pull a drawbar trailer. Built by Central Hydraulic Loaders, of Tamworth, the dropside body sits over the fifth wheel.

The same company also installed the crane and the VBG drawbar coupling employed when the truck pulls its tri-axle Chieftain beavertail trailer. As Williams explained, this solution provides Mtec with the flexibility to make deliveries at tight locations. "Manoeuvring a tractor and trailer can be a challenge at places like Kew Gardens, and some of the stately homes we visit. It's obviously not an option for the heaviest sculptures, which can often weigh in excess of 50 tonnes.

But for smaller pieces the demountable body and drawbar configuration allows us to crane the item off the trailer and then take it in on the truck itself. It's a highly practical solution that's already working very well." The latest arrival is smartly finished with colour-coded bumpers and optional Xenon headlamps.

The Extra Line pack includes LED position lamps and indicators, and a welcome light, while Alcoa Durabrite alloy wheels add a further flourish. The Actros also benefits from a factory-option water retarder, and an auxiliary air-conditioning unit fitted by SB Components, of Wisbech. As with previous acquisitions, Mtec has signed-up to an eight-year Mercedes-Benz Complete Service Contract, under which its new Actros is now being inspected and maintained at S & B Commercials' workshop in Hatfield.

"I'm super happy with the aftercare support we receive from S & B," confirmed Mr Williams. "They know our fleet well and will do whatever it takes to keep us on the road

Author
William Dalrymple

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