WELDING ISN’T JUST FOR STRENGTH OR REPAIR, BUT FABRICATION AS WELL. AT W.J. BALSDON, INVENTIVE BESPOKE UNITS ARE ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY. BOB BEECH VISITED, AND FOUND OUT MORE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
Heavy transport has always been an industry where individuals can thrive. Original thinkers who like to do things their way – the type of people who relish a challenge are well suited to this ‘can do’ business. They might modify existing equipment for a new job, or just improve a design for their own particular needs.
Some took it a stage further and made their own. As a rule, there were few manufacturers capable of building suitable equipment at an acceptable price. Probably one of the best-known heavy hauliers who have gone as far as building their own trucks – from a diverse range of components – would be Peter Searson at Heanor Haulage. His Scammell/Volvo based specials, known as HHTs, were the stuff of legend. A modern-day equivalent would be ALE with their heavyweight Trojan ballast tractors. Those bespoke creations take the process to a new level.