Ayrshire contractor tickled pink by tipper grabs

TOM Grant Plant’s eye-catching pink and blue Volvo FMX 420 tipper grabs are said to be helping the firm win new business.

The Ayrshire-based company sourced the vehicles from MV Commercial, bringing the first Volvos into its fleet in more than 18 years of business.

The tipper grabs join a mixed fleet of vehicles, including 140 excavators, tippers, road sweepers, and low loaders.

“The blue tipper grab is working on a utilities contract, while the pink one is causing a bit of a stir doing more private work, such as moving materials for gardens and driveways,” said Andy Glover, Tom Grant Plant transport manager.

“It’s grabbing attention wherever it goes and is definitely generating more business for us. We get phone calls from people who have spotted the pink vehicle asking if they can use it for various projects.”

The Volvo FMX 420 tipper grabs, each specified with a four-way camera system and boasting additional lights and flashing beacons, will cover up to 90,000km per year.

“We’ve never had Volvos before, and they’ve done us proud. We’re very pleased with them,” Andy Glover added.

Tom Grant Plant traditionally ran its fleet in blue livery until a few years ago when it bought a pink Scania P410 XT truck as part of a campaign to raise money for Breast Cancer Now, later adding a pink excavator following the attention the truck received.

The deal strengthens Tom Grant Plant’s relationship with MV Commercial, after it received several specialist vehicles from the Airdrie-based company a few years ago.