For many truck drivers it’s a great trucking life, but if you look at media reports about trucking, it definitely isn’t. Videos like this one from Linfox do a little to redress the balance. We as an industry should be doing more like this and get the message out there that trucking can be a great life.
In Queensland, SunChip’s business is harvesting and transporting plantation timber grown in a vast swathe of forest stretching from Bundaberg to Brisbane. Growing time for the Caribbean pine from planting to harvest is 30 years, after which the land is replanted within six to 12 months and the cycle repeats itself.
“I learnt early on in the piece about fuel economy. An unreliable truck with good fuel economy, you don’t want,” says Ken Pitt, All Size Equipment Transport (ASET) Managing Director. “It’s hard for us. We are running against a lot of wind and on smaller tyres. It’s very hard to compare loads and consumption. I’ll take reliability every day of the week.”
In an era where small businesses are being swallowed up by large multinationals at an alarming rate, it’s refreshing to discover a family-owned and run operation such as Maleny Dairies. They are not just surviving but thriving by producing top quality products for which many satisfied customers are happy to pay a premium. Needless to say, you won’t find supermarket-style dollar-per-litre milk here because that’s not what this outfit is about.
A South Australian heavy haulage outfit is planning the return of the Freightliner FLB. Ken Pitt, All Size Equipment Transport (ASET) Managing Director has moved away from a policy of buying new trucks as he says he hasn’t found a specification available in a new truck that can match what he can achieve in terms of configuration and mass.
Third generation dairy producers Ross and Sally Hopper are in the business of Moovin’ Milk. Ross’s grandfather originally bought the dairy farm in 1948 and proceeded to run it in the traditional way, followed on by his father, Harold. This was just how things were done in the latter half of the 20th century, but with the approach of the new millennium the third generation of Hoppers realised that to remain viable they needed a paradigm shift in their operations.
SunChip has carved out an enviable reputation in the plantation forests of southeast Queensland and southern NSW, utilising the latest technology equipment including Mack trucks, Elphinstone trailers and Tigercat forestry machines. Diesel News spoke with SunChip General Manager, Dirk Koeppen.
Third generation dairy producers Ross and Sally Hopper have developed an enviable reputation for delivering the finest dairy products in the country. Diesel News’ Paul Matthei visits the enterprise at Maleny in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast district to see what makes it tick. Read more
The strategy adopted by Ken Pitt, All Size Equipment Transport (ASET) Managing Director, has been to adapt prime movers and trailers to minimise size and weight to get as many loads inside prescriptive or periodical permit restrictions and as few as possible requiring special permits or pilot vehicles.
When a South Australian machinery transporter couldn’t find the right equipment to do the job, he went out and designed his own to improve productivity and functionality. Read more