The reassuring durability of Mercedes-Benz 7.5-tonners has been trusted for a quarter of a century Oxford Blue Scaffolding. The Abingdon-based scaffold contractor is currently running five Atego 816s from three model generations. The oldest entered service in 2009, while another has been on the road for more than six years.
Director Andy Durkin said: “We purchased our first Mercedes-Benz trucks in 1994 and have been buying them ever since. I can honestly say that in those 25 years we’ve never had one break down on us.
“Given the commitments we make to our customers, I cannot afford to have guys stood at the side of the road waiting for recovery trucks. With the Atego, that never happens – it’s a fantastic product.”
Oxford Blue acquired the latest addition to the line-up in January with competitive funding support from Mercedes-Benz Finance. It has a ClassicSpace day cab and a scaffolding body built to the operator’s own design specification to carry tubes of up to six metres in length, as well as boards and other fixtures.
The new Atego is powered by a fuel-efficient 5.1-litre engine which produces 115 kW (156 hp) and is paired with a six-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 transmission – it is Oxford Blue Scaffolding’s first experience of the manufacturer’s smooth-shifting automated manual gearbox, which also contributes to economy.
To match the operator’s previous vehicles, the Atego was specified with a wheelbase of 4,820 mm, one of a range of wheelbase options available ex-factory.
“It means the truck carries the load really well and makes for a more comfortable drive” explained Mr Durkin.