Winter has just started to take a grip in the area around Bjurholm, 60 km west of Umeå, with driver Stellan Olofsson rushing along in his Mercedes Megaspice 2651 fully equipped with its plough.
“Although I do like the summer, it’s always just as much fun attaching the ploughs to the truck,” says Stellan, while giving the once over to the plough poles, road signs and cars both coming towards us and overtaking us.
Stellan has been running his own haulage company Stellan Olofssons Åkeri i Näsmark AB since 1999 after spending 18 years as an employee driving a timber hauler. The company has four full-time employees in total, including his wife Carina, who takes care of all the paperwork. Some of the jobs undertaken by the haulage company include transporting gravel, ploughing, grading, salting and gritting of roads, tractor operations and crane operations using a bucket or grab.
The fleet of vehicles comprises three trucks, all equipped with a quick-lock system, two of which are mainly used for road maintenance and construction work, while the other one mostly operates as a timber hauler.
“Indeed, in the summer, we’re involved in everything from gravel road maintenance, construction work driving to even tarmac driving,” says Stellan.
The two trucks involved in winter road maintenance are both fully equipped with the Mählers Rossö 2010 diagonal plough, a 45 side plough and a fixed grade blade.