Project Zetros


Right then, time to make a start.

Had the chassis cab delivered on Monday and have been faffing about with paperwork for first registration and MoT exemption. Got all that away and had a bit of a go up the lane with it. Bit of a niggle, it won’t change into low range on the transfer case. Electrical gremlin I’m thinking. Bit of a fly in the ointment but trying not to worry.

Quite determined today to get the Bredal body dangled over the chassis for some idea what it will look like. I fetched that back on Tuesday from being shot blast and powder coated in JCB yellow, pleased with it.

So we get the fifth wheel ball hitch thing off it, plus a thick aluminium tread plate and a group of plugs and air lines on a frame. Just tied these to one side for now.

Had a feeling the exhaust might be in the way...,

It was nearly dark before we had done, but you get the idea. As expected, the exhaust will need moving, so the body will actually be around 10” further forward than it looks here, which will be ideal. That will place it in exactly the same place as it was on the Xerion in relation to the rear axle. I took it round the corner to be weighed the other day. There is 3.3 tonnes on the rear axle with the bare chassis and 5.5 tonnes on the front. To cut a long story short, I did similar with the Multistrife and Xerion so I know an absolutely full body of lime will impose 8 tonnes on the rear axle, putting it well within its 13 tonnes max rating, so I’m pleased with that.


Not been a bad start. Long way to go yet though.
You and me both!!!

I’m not changing again, it’s like it or lump it!!

Other contractors seem to get on very well with trucks and it will be better equipped tyre wise than some others as long as we can work something out. There’s more tyre choices for them than there was even a couple of years ago.

I’m hoping at the very least to put the 600s off the back onto the front and get something monstrous on the back.

We’ll see.


would you be able to fit a mid lift axle if needed ti spread weight or would the scrubbing be not wanted and safer running the Big A in them circumstances

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning 100,000ha launched

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...