THERE ARE PLENTY OF GLITZY NEW TRUCKS AND TRAILERS ON THE ROAD, BUT IT’S GOOD TO REMIND OURSELVES HOW MUCH WORK THERE IS LEFT IN GOOD QUALITY USED STOCK. IAN NORWELL TALKS TO DALE CALKELD, OWNER OF LEEDS AND KEIGHLEY-BASED CALKELD HEAVY HAULAGE, WHO IS MORE THAN CANNY ABOUT HIS FLEET ACQUISITIONS.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
They say there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Quite why you’d need to skin one in the first place is unclear, but according to Calkeld there’s a lot of money going to waste if you get it wrong. It’s so easy to fall for the blandishments of a new tower of steel, glass and chrome, with the latest registration plate on the bumper. That hassle-free repair and maintenance contract in the cab door pocket will make all your workshop woes vanish too. But when it’s all on the road – and naturally performing well – there’s the bottom line of an invoice sitting on your desk which won’t go away. We all know premium truck brands cost: a new full-spec SLT Mercedes, or an R730 Scania, can leave you with a bill enthusiastically marching north of £200,000.
Don’t get us wrong: we can see where the money’s gone. A tour of Scania’s Södertälje factory – or the Molsheim assembly plant, where Mercedes-Benz turn their Arocs and Actros chassis into the rarified SLT – is to witness exemplary engineering in both design and manufacture. But there is another way.