The launch of a new model in the US and the Mack Anthem breakout opened up long haul possibilities for the truck maker, not only in North America, but also here in Australia. Diesel News traveled to the US to see what it’s all about.
To a certain extent here in Australia, but to a much larger extent in the US, Mack Trucks has not been a big player in the long distance highway truck market. It is not that the trucks weren’t up to doing the work and handling the task, it was about the cabin itself. Sleeper cabs tended to be add-ons to the basic day cab, rather than fully-integrated high roof sleepers.
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.
As farm machinery has grown in size and mass, it has become harder and harder for the operation to keep within these rules without customising its equipment to get a few millimetres of height here, an axle there, or a few kilograms shaved off the gross combined mass (GCM).
The trailers are tri-axle as standard, but Ken has designed a special module, which can be fitted to the rear of the trailer to turn it into a quad-axle float. When the trailers run as a quad the axle spacing is typical. Again, higher utilisation is possible.
Unfortunately, due to the design of the module, when it is running as a tri-axle, the spacing is uneven. The rules in South Australia (SA) had specified even spacing in the past, but were changed in 2012. On many occasions, roadside enforcement would forget the rules had changed and breached trailers during checks. This forced the ASET to appeal each breach.
It’s all about horses for courses for construction trucks according to Diesel News European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley. Following the arrival of Iveco’s latest X-Way construction range, he explains what’s behind the Northern Hemisphere’s increasingly segmented multi-wheeler market.
I’m all for demystifying things, but first let’s make one thing clear. European tippers and mixers can take a ‘battering’. It’s just that in recent years there’s been a growing segmentation within the multi-wheeler market reflecting the fact that not every six or eight-wheeler spends its life up to its diff-locks in muck and bullets.
If we’re talking about construction vehicles (typically your classic Pommie eight-legger) there are two distinct chassis classifications—‘N3’ and ‘N3G’—each with their own attributes. Put simply, the N3 chassis have a lower ground clearance and lower mounted cabs, usually due to the fitment of drop-beam front axles. They’re also required to have front under-run protection. Whilst not officially categorised for ‘off-road’ applications, on any working day you’ll still see plenty of N3 rigids toiling in the clag, though they’re more likely to be running on regular roads hauling asphalt, aggregates, animal feed or concrete.
The question on the lips of many in the trucking industry is do electric trucks make sense? The answer, this year, is probably no, but what about next year? Or the year after that, the world of electric power is changing fast and we are at a tipping point, where they may start to make sense. Read more
The International ProStar is a working class truck. Its arrival in Australia and marks yet another return to the Australian truck market for the iconic brand. This time around the International brand is based back at its historic home in Dandenong in Victoria. Diesel News, went along there to try out the brand’s latest offerings. Read more
According to Diesel News US Correspondent the new Volvo VNX is tough, trendy and suave. In North America, Volvo has completely refreshed its range in the last year. The third tranche of the introductions is the new VNX model. Diesel’s US Correspondent, Steve Sturgess, was there for its unveiling. Read more
The new Fighter FK 1124 is a little bit of this and a little bit of that, it is one of those models that borrows some elements from the next size up and some from the next size below, to create the kind of hybrid the market is starting to look for. It suits a growing task in the transport industry.Read more
Discussing trucks to meet the future task in the boardroom at SRT Logistics’ headquarters in Hobart, Tasmania is Executive Director Jim Miller, Chief Operating Officer Brad Hilder and Fleet Manager Nigel Froud. Read more
Quite often, when it comes to developing a 4×4 version of a truck, the all-wheel drive lags behind the rest of the range, often using an older cab and not including all of the latest gadgetry. The Hino 817 4×4 is different. These are the latest Hino 300 Series cabin and systems on a 4×4 chassis platform.
For truck manufacturers in Australia, it’s all the rage, ready made trucks fitted with bodies able to go to work straight out of the dealership. This has become an accelerating trend in recent years as more and more trucks are offered for sale already fitted with tipper, flat top and even pan bodies. Read more