How to Buy a Truck

Around the time Mark Johnstone was first thinking about how to buy a truck, a local livestock operator in Surat, Queensland, wanted to get out of his business and move across to a sand and gravel operation on the coast. Mark took over the existing work, starting off with one double-deck trailer, soon to be joined by a second. Read more

Instagramming And Trucking

It would seem Instagramming and Trucking are a good mix. Here at Diesel News we like to see people in our industry making interesting images. Here we have big triples in the West, double tankers from Toll, cool matt paint job and classic Mack tanker. Read more

Driving a Low Rider

Diesel took a trip to the Boral Enfield batching plant in Sydney to try driving a low rider. It was an opportunity to have a look at and experience the difference between the traditional agitator and Boral’s new low rider–design agitator being trialled there. This plant is one of many in the Sydney area working at full capacity as a series of major infrastructure projects have increased demand for concrete in the city. Read more

Tri, Tri and Tri Again

It is one of the many things in which Australia leads the world, the tri-drive. Our remote areas, and their public roads have a large population of tri-drive prime movers, in world terms. Here is the latest first to hit the road, this time in the Pilbara. Fusion Contracting is now running this  214 tonne GCM rated Scania with twin steer and tri-drive pulling a quad axle super quad carting Iron Ore. With a payload of 150 tonnes being delivered to the Port Hedland, Utah Point facilities. Read more

No More Smoke and Mirrors

Truck launches have traditionally required loud rock music, along plenty of smoke machines and bright lights. Times are changing! This video  was made at the recent launch of the new F Series medium duty models from Isuzu. Apparently, the new thing is a high tech projection, with a completely white truck and background used along with an innovative design. One of the most eye-catching parts of the show is the way the truck receives a virtual paint job, appearing in a number of customer colour schemes. Read more

Back in Time

Nothing here but pure nostalgia. This B-Model Mack is still running interstate and is shown in this beautifully realised video traveling through the Bendigo area. The truck dates from 1963 and is owned by Glenn Reedman, running a load from South West Victoria across to Ballina on the NSW Far North Coast. The Mack is now fitted with a Maxidyne 237 driving through a Quadbox. Originally owned by Norgate Transport in Townsville, the truck also features the wonderful double sleeper, or more correctly, a double swag rolled out on a rack slung under the trailer. Read more

In Love With V8s

What is it about the V8 and the Aussie trucking industry? There is something about the sound of a hard working V8 heading onto the highway, which makes any trucking enthusiast grab the camera and record the truck passing by. This video shows the love of one driver for his ageing, but in excellent condition, K100 fitted with a Caterpillar 3408 V8 engine. Read more

Controlling the convertible

Even big boys like to play with trucks, but when the model is down to this scale (1:87)  it’s impossible to stay in lane, avoid hitting cars. However, here’s the same truck in reality and it seems a lot easier to control! Read more

Innovative online training and induction system

Sunchip, one of Queensland’s largest wood chipping and transport companies has introduced an innovative online system for inducting and training drivers. Designed to deliver up-to-the-minute safety information directly to every driver’s smartphone, the system means that Sunchip no longer has to get its drivers together in one place for ‘toolbox’ training sessions. Read more