Martin Porter Adds His Personal Touch to an Already Impressive Volvo

Having the opportunity to see our customers adding their own personal touch to a Volvo is something we’ll never get tired of being a part of.

This stylish FH V4 left Middlewich with an eye-catching colour scheme, sleek side skirt set-up and a pair of uprated headlights up front. An already impressive list of features. But never-the-less, this Volvo received a complete re-work. With the result being something Martin Porter of Porter Haulage can now call his own.

Martin has added an upfront bib spoiler and front bonnet colour-coded dirt deflectors, roof lightbar setup with additional spotlights and a brand-new set of alloy wheels. All this, combined with a sleek and personalized paint-job, helps to tie all these modifications together. Producing a stunning FH that Martin can be proud of.


We hope to work alongside Porter Haulage again soon and look forward to supplying Martin with his next quality Volvo.




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Josh’s new Volvo features a very ‘cool’ addition

I-cool is a system that allows the aircon to continue working whilst the vehicle is switched off, a very handy and rare feature not usually seen amongst our stock. Perfect for those
uncomfortable nights which are now a thing of the past for Josh Armitage of Armitage haulage. Expanding his fleet with his most recent purchase, this Volvo would now serve its days as
a long hauler.

‘I received a great service from Ronnie and would 100% work alongside Ronnie and Thomas Hardie Used Trucks again’ – Josh Armitage

Josh’s latest purchase also included Volvo’s Lane Change & Lane Keeping support, adaptive cruise-control, rain sensors, Drowsy Driver aid and much more.
A fantastic catalogue of features that will definitely help in providing the driver with a more relaxed experience during those long haul excursions!


Fanatical For FMX’s

Similar to the well know phrase regarding British public transport, good condition used Volvo FMX’s are hard to come by. But when five turn up at once, that’s something to shout about.

Featuring an impressive list of extra’s, extremely low KM’s and in great condition for used examples, these ex Fox Brothers units pose a fantastic opportunity for someone in the market for rough terrain haulage. Also falling into Volvo’s ‘Selected’ WarraFox (8) - Thomas Hardienty package, these FMX’s are backed up with some of the best support available.

A common sight amongst quarries or anywhere where the road becomes a little less road-like. The FMX is fantastic tool for moving huge amounts of pretty much anything, anywhere!

Featuring Volvo’s hugely respected I-Shift transmission giving you un-rivalled confidence and control. Fixed to the drivers seat for effortless gear adjustment, the I-Shift system is a staple in modern day haulage and is a vital feature within the FMX range.

Also housing a reverse camera system for when vision is at an all time low. Engaging reverse will activate the main 7″ information display to flip to a behind the body view, providing more support while backing up.

Under-run low side protection and guard plates protect the vehicles vital areas like cooling pipes and the oil sump, giving you the confidence to traverse more challenging routes.

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Roof beacons, air-horns and a small light-box for illuminating your companies title/brand are also included, alongside air conditioning, V-shaped daytime running lights, trailer detection, electronically heated and adjusted mirrors and LED tail lights.

For more information on this fantastic opportunity, or to arrange a visit. Contact us via our website or by phone!

Tel 01606 830100

Normality, positivity and the future

It’s hard to believe any business will come away from these un-certain times un-scathed, with furlough becoming an increasingly more common sight amongst work places. Thankfully, Thomas Hardie Commercials has continued to provide customers with the vital support needed to keep them moving.

The Used Vehicle Sales team has also experienced it’s fair share of challenges, with the masses reluctant or un-able to purchase trucks as often as they’d  like. But never-the-less, our dedicated team stuck to it’s guns and committed itself to offering it’s services to who ever needed it. Never lowering it’s promise to provide an un-rivaled level of quality and professionalism.

Carl Boase our National Sales Exec alongside Jonathan Bownes, our Used Truck Business Development Manager held the fort, offering customers any support needed and continuing to supply quality used Volvo’s trucks.

Also keeping the fires lit, our PDI team. Cleaning, repairing and maintaining our stock, preparing vehicles to our impeccably high standards and lastly, guaranteeing our site is safe and working at peek proficiency at all times.

A massive team effort from all corners of the group was required to keep the Hardie’s flag flying high, becoming a fantastic beacon of support for all our customers.


Although the current times are not ideal, we will continue to stride forward, doing our upmost to maintain our award-winning level of dedication and calibre.


Thank you for sticking by us, normality will ensue soon.

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This destructive virus is affecting all corners of the globe and disrupting all areas of work. The Thomas Hardie Used Vehicle Centre is doing everything it can to keep doors open for any assistance and support possible during this difficult time. The haulage industry provides vital support in keeping the country moving and essential produce, whether it be food or medical supplies delivered to desperate locations all across the country.
The UVS department is adjusting its mission during these times, aiming to provide any support it can for its customers, while still offering quality used Volvo’s.
The team is taking every step to ensure it’s offices and working areas are safe and secure. All deliveries and visits are dealt with with the utmost care and attention to keep our group as safe as possible.
Customers are still able to view our stock easily if needed and our sales team are always on the end of the phone ready for our customer’s queries. Customers take number one priority and their safety is key. Therefore the Thomas Hardie Used Truck’s website features full virtual tours of stock and vehicles for sale. Meaning customers have a much more powerful and interactive experience and don’t necessarily need to come on-site if they’d prefer not too.
The company understands the importance of keeping our products and service readily available for the public and will do everything in its power to stay available, within government guidelines.
By Marcus Harley
(UVS Sales Support)
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Ex Next Volvo FL see some time on the farm

Everyone loves a change of scenery every so often, with this FL being no different. Replacing the bustling A-roads and motorways for something a little more rugged and muddy.

This 4×2 chassis day cab with I-Sync gearbox coupled to a 240bhp, Euro 5 engine served it’s time under the Next company, hauling goods from regional distribution centres, keeping shelves stacked and racking’s brimming.

Paul Harrison of Jolly Tars Farm picked this particular unit from our supersite in Middlewich due to it’s chassis cab set-up and rigid body, primed for Paul’s cattle loads.

We hope Paul’s newly acquired FL serves him and his business well and we hope to hear from Paul again soon.


Sales Person Of The Year and Excellence in Customer Service Award in the bag for Used Vehicle Sales

Thomas Hardie Used Volvo Trucks Centre - About Us - Thomas Hardie Used Trucks in Middlewich, CheshireIn 2014 Thomas Hardie’s introduced the first Staff Awards ceremony, which involved members of the group voting for who they believed deserved recognition and reward for going that extra mile. The prestigious ceremony rolls around every two years and this year would once again commend motivation, enthusiasm, determination and effort. Categories such as Apprentice of the year, Best Manager and Director Special award were some of the categories up for grabs on the night.

 Used Vehicle Sales has done well in previous occasions and dispite a challenging 2019, UVS was hopeful in bringing some silverware back to Middlewich.

Representing Best Sales Person of the Year for UVS was Ronnie Kelsall our Regional Sales Exec. Determination and an ability to push through the doubt and concern secured his place as winner and gained a massive milestone for himself and the department.


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Dennis Roberts our Contract Closure Coordinator also brought home the Excellence in Customer Service award for providing un-comparable customer service and further cementing the Used Vehicle Sales department into the minds of current and future customers. Dennis, who deals with vehicles returning off contract hire as well as other valuable tasks for Used Vehicle Sales, has been nominated previously for the customer service award, with Dennis believing that his chances on winning this year would be slim. But despite his humble beliefs, Den adds yet another string to the UVS bow.

These awards are brilliant method of acknowledging staff efforts and to instill confidence and pride into every task, every improvement and every customer. Without events like these, accomplishments and achievements gained by our group could possibly go un-noticed and the potential for further improvement and growth would be at risk of becoming slowed and stunted.






Congratulations to both Dennis and Ronnie for their combined success and here’s to many more achievements in the future!


By Marcus Harley
(UVS Sales Support)

Eight new Volvo FHs help expand an impressive fleet of vehicles at Harrisons

Temperature controlled distribution specialists, Harrisons Transport have added eight new Volvo FH 4×2 tractor units to its fleet.

Supplied by Neil Crook, Customer Solutions Manager at Thomas Hardie Commercials Ltd., the new Volvos are finished in Harrisons stunning red and blue livery, complemented by colour matching side skirts and full roof and side air deflector kits.

The 460hp FHs have been specified to ensure optimum fuel efficiency and feature the latest I-See Predictive Cruise Control and I-Shift gearbox with Long Haul software. Harrisons Transport will also be using Dynafleet, Volvo’s Fleet Management System, to assist with fuel reporting and tachograph analysis.

To safeguard maximum uptime the new trucks are all supplied with full Gold Service Contracts and maintenance will be carried out at the Preston depot of Thomas Hardie Commercials Ltd.

Harrisons investment in the new FHs reinforces the company’s commitment to not only supplying customers with maximum efficiency, but also providing their drivers with a workplace specifically designed with comfort in mind. The Globetrotter XL cabs all benefit from single bed living packages which include an under bunk fridge/freezer and rear shelf mounted microwave oven.

Operating across the UK and Europe from their base near Preston, Harrisons Transport have gained a first-class reputation for reliability, flexibility and an excellent level of customer service. Specialising in temperature controlled transport, the fleet is carefully tracked 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make sure they continually meet the individual needs of customers.


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C. Griffiths & Son – Sevens Heaven

Berewyn Griffiths recently secured his seventh Volvo through Thomas Hardie Used Vehicle Centre. Working alongside Thomas Hardie’s for around twelve years, a routine truck repair became the foundations for this strong partnership.

A six-wheeler, version two was beginning to show it’s age, which resulted in Berwyn beginning the hunt for a version four, six-wheeler rigid. Ronnie Kelsall (Regional Sales Executive) was on hand to support Berwyn throughout this venture, finally settling on an elusive 460bhp, FH13 6×2.

This particular vehicle was the ideal choice for Griffiths, becoming the main unit for the company, hauling hay, straw and livestock.

As with all our customers, we encourage feedback to aid in our understanding of our performance and to provide our team-members with the recognition they deserve.

Berwyn kindly provided some thoughts and feelings on his experience working alongside Thomas Hardie’s Used Vehicle Centre;

“This is a fantastic business that specialises in high quality used vehicles. I enjoy doing business with the company every time I visit, and always experience quality, honesty and excellent customer service. Both Jonathan (Used Truck Business Development Manager) and Ronnie Kelsall know their vehicles well. You will not find a better-used truck dealer than Thomas Hardie Used Vehicle Sales”

Feedback of this calibre is not earned overnight. Thomas Hardie’s Used Vehicle Sales strives to provide an approachable, easy and professional experience for every customer.

We are humbled by Berwyn’s comments and hope to work alongside Griffiths & Son again soon.

Thank you.

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(UVS Sales Support)

The UK’s first I-Shift Dual Clutch Volvo FM rigid proves a top tip at OJ Jones

Welsh tipper operator, OJ Jones, has purchased the UK’s first I-Shift Dual Clutch equipped Volvo FM rigid. The truck is already delivering substantial fuel economy and journey time benefits.

Volvo’s I-Shift Dual Clutch gearbox has been a real revelation,” reports Raymond Roberts the truck’s driver at OJ Jones. “The smooth traction and accurate gear changes delivered by I-Shift Dual Clutch are amazing, particularly on the numerous hill climbs we encounter during each day. The transmission system is also proving very economical, as working alongside another make of tipper in our fleet, my I-Shift Dual Clutch Volvo FM is using 24 litres less diesel per day,” Raymond adds.

Supplied by Dave Hill, Customer Solutions Manager at Thomas Hardie Commercials Ltd, the Golden Yellow Cab coloured FM Globetrotter chassis features a D13K engine producing 460hp. The PTO equipped, I-Shift Dual Clutch gearbox benefits from enhanced software for on road application, whilst the single reduction drive axles have a ratio of 3.78:1.

We always specify Volvo’s 13 litre engine with a 460hp output for our new FM eight wheelers,” notes Dewi Jones, Managing Director at OJ Jones. “The surrounding hilly terrain is very demanding on trucks. Our fleet regularly works out of several quarries and there are some steep gradients to climb when fully loaded,” he adds.

OJ Jones opted for a 5.1m wheelbase on the Extra High FM chassis along with Volvo’s lightweight two spring parabolic B ride suspension. The company’s preferred Globetrotter cab option includes a One Bed Resting package. Alcoa Dura-Bright polished alloy wheels provide the perfect finishing touch to OJ Jones’ patriotic Welsh livery, in addition to contributing towards payload figures.

Dewi continues, “The new FM I-Shift Dual Clutch was specified with a Wilcox tipper body and Binotto hydraulics. We get a 19.5 tonne payload figure with the Volvo, which is completely suitable for our operations. Dave Hill at Thomas Hardie Commercials suggested we try this unique transmission system and the truck was allocated to Raymond, who is our longest serving driver with an impressive 32 years service here. He loves the I-Shift Dual Clutch gearbox. In addition to the fuel consumption and journey time improvements, it also reduces driver fatigue,” Dewi concludes.

OJ Jones established his own transport business with one tipper lorry in 1962. Today the company operates 17 tipper trucks, the majority of which are Volvo FMs. Prior to entering service, the company’s latest milestone Volvo FM was displayed at Tip-ex show in Harrogate during May of this year.

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