CC Global: Volvo FMX 8×4 And Zetor Forterra 95 4WD – Pavers At Work And Being Unloaded

2020 Volvo FMX 8x4 - 1

A heavy-duty truck with its own crane and a hooklift system, carrying an open top container with a dropside on the left. This 2020 Volvo FMX must be the trucking equivalent of a Swiss Army knife. The driver/crane operator was unloading palletized pavers with the truck’s Hiab crane. A load of sand was also aboard.

2020 Volvo FMX 8x4 - 2

Besides the crane, the chassis is also equipped with a Hiab-Multilift hooklift-system. This means that the Volvo can be used as a straightforward dump truck too. Whatever the task at hand is, it can be done.

2020 Volvo FMX 8x4 - 3

The same 510 hp Volvo, everything completely folded up and ready to hit the road. Thanks to the wide spread rear tandem, with a steering rearmost axle, and the 10 tons front axles, the truck is rated at a GVM of 43 metric tons (94,800 lbs). That’s the absolute legal maximum gross weight in my country for an 8×4 configuration (photo courtesy of BAS Truck Center).

Zetor Forterra 95 4WD and Veldhuizen lowbed trailer

Present at the same job, a Zetor Forterra 95 4WD farm tractor with a Veldhuizen lowbed trailer. Usually, such a full trailer is towed by a big panel van or an SUV-van conversion, like a Toyota Land Cruiser 150-series.

Zetor hails from the Czech Republic. The Forterra 95 was built from 2009 to 2012 and is powered by Zetor’s own 4.2 liter, inline-four diesel engine, turbocharged and intercooled. I hadn’t seen a Zetor for many years, at first sight I thought the tractor was just another Massey-Ferguson.

Good to see that such manufacturers are still around, in today’s world of globally operating conglomerates!