The Art Of Movement

The year is 1896, Wilhelm Röntgen performs the world’s first X-ray, the Dow Jones Index sets its first stock price, and Walter James Hunt, a 23-year-old Hampshire local, has just loaded his heifer onto a horse-drawn cart destined for the Basingstoke market.

Fast-forward one hundred and fourteen years and travel two miles up the road and you’ll find Walters grandchildren and great-grandchildren loading helicopters, forklifts, and pharmaceuticals onto articulated lorries. A slight shift in product but the fundamentals remained the same.

L. Hunt & Sons, a family-run business, now boasts a fantastic and trusted lineage that offers a reliable service for all its customers.

‘Huntusual’ caters for all manners of haulage, from aircraft to emergency vehicles. Work like this is what L. Hunt & Sons specialize in and now seemed a perfect opportunity for an upgrade. A 12.8litre, 540bhp, GTXL tractor including lane keep/departure warning technology, 33ltr under-bunk fridge/freezer, and cornering headlights ticked all Derricks boxes. The powerful D13K540 engine, combined with the fantastic levels of comfort and technology in-cab, meant Derrick could accommodate his clients and drivers equally.


Derrick also requested Kelsa Lightbars top and bottom, roof beacons & spotlights, plus a full chassis/cab respray, all arranged upon collection via Carl Boase, our National Sales Executive here at Middlewich.

Efficient, economical, and comfortable. Three valuable traits for any haulage business and particularly important for L. Hunt & Sons who aim to maintain an up-to-date, sophisticated fleet, offering reliability and quality.

A fantastic result all round for the Thomas Hardie group and L. Hunt & Sons who’ll continue to provide a vital service for it’s current and future clients for many years to come.

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Practicality Never Looked This Good

Andrew Clarke of EasyWalk LTD knows exactly how he likes his Volvo’s. Practical, reliable and great looking. Andrew’s fleet turns heads, as well as profit.

‘It’s no good arriving at a job in an un-kept wagon. Your truck and it’s driver represent your company and both must be on top form and performing their best at all times’.

Andrews’s well-established haulage business specializes in heavy steel, working in and around the Northwest’s docks and ports.

A 500bhp, 12.8 litre, D13K engine was the desired set up and the Volvo FH4 makes light work of complex loads.




‘Volvo’s might not be the cheapest, but you know on a cold, dark winter morning, they’ll fire up and get the work done. We are also looking into obtaining a 750bhp Volvo in the near future and beginning ADR work with tankers, hazardous goods, etc. Another string to the EasyWalk bow’.

This particular unit comes fully loaded. No expense has been spared in producing a phenomenally equipped Volvo.

Ezywlk 2 - Thomas Hardie‘We decided to go with Kelsa’s aluminium bars not just for looks, but also because of weight. When moving the kind of loads we deal with, every kilogram counts. Even down to the aluminium alloy wheels. They look fantastic, but also shave a ton of weight. We’ve experienced issues with other manufactures like Scania in the past when it comes to gross vehicle weight and getting the balance just right’. 

A low-slung Kelsa bib-bar with added spotlights is essential for traversing difficult, poorly-lit areas. ‘The lower lights are perfect for spotting hidden obstructions while working at night on the docks’.

‘The beacons on the front help with wide loads and the floodlights aid us in remote locations where visibility is poor, it’s useful to be seen before it’s too late! We also fitted chrome air-horns because…who doesn’t love air horns?’

Also packing some serious tech, the driver won’t miss a thing due to a full camera system. ‘we want our drivers to be confident on the job and to be equipped with a good understanding of what’s going on around them at all times. Useful during complex manoeuvres’.
Ezywlk 3 - Thomas HardieA Road Runner truck tracking system has also been included to mainly support customers. ‘The tracking system helps our customers keep up-to-date with what’s going on with their orders and where we are up to’.

This immense project wouldn’t have been possible without the support and guidance provided by multiple teams across the Thomas Hardie Group.

Kevin Robins of Ginger Graphics worked alongside Andrew in designing the appearance.
‘Ronnie Kelsall put me in touch with Kevin and he’s been nothing short of perfect. I took a lot of inspiration from my Dad’s previous designs. I aimed for a striking, yet contemporary/classic look and Kevin delivered’.

Thomas Hardie Vehicle Solutions based in Chorley carried out the majority of alterations for Andrew. This elite team of professionals are experts in conversions, resprays, bodywork repairs, fabrication and so much more. A vital asset within the Thomas Hardie group.

Ezywlk 4 - Thomas Hardie‘I can’t fault the team at Chorley. Nothing was too much to ask and I was kept up-to-date constantly. Joanne Baldwin (Service Support Administrator at Chorley) is an absolute credit to the team. Always on the ball and unbelievably professional’.

Another key player in this journey was Ronnie Kelsall, our award-winning regional salesmen here at Middlewich. With a broad history of successful ventures, Ronnie is an expert in his field. Ronnie’s no-nonsense, straight-talking approach mean his customers receive the best support and guidance possible in choosing the right truck for them.

‘Ronnie’s support throughout is next level. He knows the score and only want’s what’s best for his customers. The sale isn’t forced and Ron will always suggest what’s right for the customer, rather than what’s best for him. I will only ever buy trucks from Thomas Hardie’s. The aftercare you receive is indispensable. You know if something does go wrong, Hardie’s will support you throughout. You can’t put a price on quality like that’.

A huge thank you to Andrew and EasyWalk LTD for appointing Thomas Hardie Used Trucks as their Volvo truck supplier and we look forward to many more engagements in the future.

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Leads Mean Prizes!

Phil Edwards, our Workshop Supervisor here at Middlewich aided in securing a successful partnership between Ronnie Kelsall, our Regional Sales Exec and Mick Swain of Domain Transport.

During a recent conversation, Phil learned that Mick was very impressed with the level of service he’d received whilst working alongside our Middlewich After-market team. Phil also noted that Mick was interested in converting to an all Volvo fleet, rather than his current mix of Daf and Volvo.

Learning this information, Phil had just the man in mind for the job, Ronnie Kelsall. An award-winning salesman that boasted a wealth of experience assisting customers interested in progressing into a more Volvo dominant fleet. Mick indicated that two Volvo FH, 500bhp units would benefit his fleet further, so Ronnie set to work providing Mick with the necessary units.

Mick previously sourced all his vehicles via Crossroads, so a huge success for the used vehicle department and the Thomas Hardie group as a whole in gaining another valued customer.

Big thanks to Phil for his quick thinking and dedication to the company, he received a few Volvo goodies, plus some bonus bonds for his efforts!

Brian’s Expanding His Business

Brian Mc Elchare took purchase of this fantastic 460bhp FH13 to further expand his business.

Brian opted for a 6×2 Globetrotter featuring lane keeping and collision support, leather upholstery and cruise control. “The overall condition of the unit  was excellent considering it’s a second hand vehicle” Very often customers inform us that friends and colleagues mistake their Volvo’s for brand new units when revealing them for the first time!

Powered by Volvo’s reputable D13K Euro 6 engine achieving between 2251 – 2400nm of torque, coupled with the versatile 12-speed I-Shift gearbox and long haul gear changing software. Dirt deflectors, front mud flaps and an in-cab load indicator were also added before collection.

“The service I received was outstanding, the communication from Ronnie Kelsall was excellent and he provided me with all the correct information needed when purchasing. Ronnie definitely went the extra mile” Ronnie Kelsall, our regional sales executive provided his expert levels of advice and guidance throughout.

“Me and my family all run haulage companies. Thomas Hardies has always been highly recommended by friends and many others within the haulage game”  Customer feedback provides great insight into a business’s performance.

This unit is also covered by Volvo’s ‘Selected’ warranty. Resulting in a full 24 months manufactures warranty, 200 point pre-collection inspection and a minimum 12 months MOT ticket supplied to help keep Brian moving.

“I would highly recommend working with this company as they are very helpful and made it easy when purchasing my vehicle. Ronnie Kelsall especially went the extra mile for me and my business”

We’d like to thank Brian for his time with us. We appreciate his comments and thank him for choosing Thomas Hardies’ as his used Volvo truck supplier. We hope to work alongside Brian and Bmcelchare ltd again soon.


Andy’s Fleet Gains it’s Fifth Thomas Hardie Volvo


Old Nwp - Thomas HardieAndy has certainly gone to town with this ex forestry 500bhp Tag. Landing in Middlewich earlier this year, this formidable FH has undergone some extensive alterations.

Edwards Haulage operates within the animal feed/biomass sector, Transporting goods and feed across the country. Hardie’s and Andy have worked together for over eight years, with five of the hauliers seven Volvo strong fleet supplied by our Used Truck Sales team.

Andy is very complimentary of his time spent with Thomas Hardie’s. Excellent customer service, alongside vital warranty packages, are two distinct advantages of working with Hardies’ and two features that ultimately impressed Andy most.
This vehicle will also be benefitting from Volvo’s Blue Contract After-Market coverage, meaning a big success for all area’s of the team.

Our Used Truck department is no stranger to dabbling within the world of truck modifications. Very often customers will add a little something extra to give their Volvo the edge. Andy certainly achieved this, loaded with some of the best alterations we’ve seen, no area of the cab has been missed.
With painted grilles, extended sun-visors, alloy wheels being a small list of additions, Andy wanted this truck to stand out and that’s exactly what it does.

We are extremely proud to offer this service and believe this area of work is what some customers enjoy most. The opportunity to adapt a Volvo before visiting our site, a vital aspect for some.

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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 I Cool - Thomas HardieJosh’s latest purchase also included Volvo’s Lane Change & Lane Keeping support, adaptive cruise-control, rain sensors, Drowsy Driver aid and much more.

Silver Landscape - Thomas HardieA 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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