The core business of the Patrick van der Mark Shitgroup is collecting fresh horse manure. This super clean dream machine is the company’s only Iveco, the rest of the fleet consists of Volvo and Scania trucks and tractor units. An Italian job, with no less than 570 prancing horses.
Since we’re on the subject of manure and horses, horse manure -straw included- is a major component of the compost used for the cultivation process of edible mushrooms, mostly champignons.
Back to the muck collector. Iveco’s parent company is CNH Industrial. The brand name is an acronym for Industrial Vehicles Corporation, founded in 1975. Basically it was a merger of some Italian commercial vehicle manufacturers, plus a French and a German truck maker. Fiat’s truck division was the largest (by far) and leading company in the whole process.
The 2017 Iveco Stralis 6×2 truck as shown here is powered by a 12.9 liter inline-six FPT engine, better known as the FPT Cursor 13. FPT is short for Fiat Powertrain Technologies; their line of industrial diesels is used in vans, buses, trucks, agricultural machinery, construction machinery and the marine. All over the globe, that is.
Both the truck and the trailer are loaded with this crane, so a self loader indeed. Unloading by tipping. To avoid any confusion, the truck is a side tipper.
The Iveco is rated at a legal maximum GVM of 28 metric tons, so is the GS Meppel drawbar trailer. That’s a grand total of 56 metric tons. But that’s not important right now, simply because the gross weight limit for such a big rig is 50 metric tons in the Netherlands. It’s what we call a genuine vijftigtonner, a fifty-tons combination.
The company’s name started as a joke, a comical hint to the not-all-too-big companies that use the Groep/Group reference in their name. “From now on, given my line of business, I represent the Shitgroup”.
Now enjoy your mushrooms! Any kind, I don’t mind.