Truck-mounted crane hire and lifting specialist Niall Leitch has treated himself to a stunning 10th anniversary present in the shape of a highly-specified, 8×4 Mercedes-Benz Arocs.
Niall, who founded Leitch Trans Lift, of Strabane, County Tyrone, in 2007, acquired the chassis from Newtownabbey Dealer Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI).
The high-riding Arocs is purpose-designed for construction-related applications. The first Leitch Trans Lift vehicle to wear a three-pointed star has a StreamSpace cab and is powered by an advanced, 12.8-litre straight-six engine which transmits its 375 kW (510 hp) output to the road via a smooth Mercedes PowerShift automated transmission.
Resplendent in the operator’s metallic silver and blue livery with colour-coded bumper and roof-mounted light bar, it is fitted with a mighty 65 tonne/metre PM 65 SP crane. The truck’s platform body is by Nugent Coachworks, of Dungannon, as is the low-height tri-axle drawbar trailer which it pulls.
Leitch Trans Lift works primarily for utilities companies, including Northern Ireland Electricity Networks and Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which is majority owned by the Irish Government. The Arocs has lined up alongside the operator’s five other crane trucks, a combination of rigids and tractor units, and is now being inspected and serviced under a six-year Mercedes-Benz Repair and Maintenance Contract at the Dealer’s Dungannon workshop.