Bolk’s compact and robust Volvo FMX 6×4 tractor seems to be sculpted from a single block of granite. Low and short -only 7.12 m (23’4”) long- yet it’s rated at a gross combined weight of 120 tonnes (264,555 lbs). For the time being, this is the most heavy-duty (heaviest-dutiest?) FMX available on the market.
The FMX is the rough-and-tough version of the FM-series, Volvo’s midsize truck and tractor model, finding itself right between the lighter FE and the FH head honcho. In this case, ‘midsize’ only refers to the cab.
The FMX-540 tractor (with 405 kW/550 DIN-hp, actually) has the optional FM Globetrotter cab with a raised roof. Still, overall it’s clearly substantially lower and smaller than the cabs of the European high-end top models I’ve posted over the past decade.
The interior of the current FM(X). Unlike today’s towering top model cabovers with a flat (or almost flat) floor, the lower juniors come with a ‘doghouse’ between the seats, visible in the picture above. Also in plain sight is the knob for Volvo’s I-Shift, their automated manual transmission.
That whole unit standing behind the cab is a custom-built, aftermarket product. It’s standard equipment on dedicated heavy haulage tractors, though this set-up is a really neat and tight, fully enclosed package.
A fine piece of work, with the owner’s logo and name cutout as finishing touch. Luckily, only four letters.
Now that’s what I call a diesel fuel tank! Also custom-built, most likely made by the same manufacturer that took care of all other non-Volvo extras. And note the auxiliary LED lighting all over the tractor.
By the way, the firm and solid underbite is a factory feature.
Here’s an image from Bolk’s FB-site, showing the Volvo with a Nooteboom semi-low loader. All horses are put before the cart, so carry on!