Midway Concrete and Garden Supplies recently introduced the first of the new Freightliner CL112 10×4 agitators to its 60-plus agitator fleet.
The Melbourne-based company’s fleet is mostly made-up of 6×4 and 8×4 models, but the 10×4 Freightliner will enable an extra cubic metre of concrete to be delivered per load.
Midway consisted of just two mini-mix trucks when David Boxshall and his wife Sharon bought it out almost 20 years ago. Mr Boxshall, the company’s Director, says moving to the new larger trucks was a logical next step.
Mr Boxshall says the Freightliner models will deliver productivity gains, and are far more manoeuvrable than the semi-trailer combinations used by some operators.
“We don’t want to use semis, I don’t think semis work for our line of work, the streets are too tight, so the 10x4s will work well,” he says.
Mr Boxshall says that even if they don’t run full every trip, the 10×4 Freightliners still come out in front.
Productivity is a key driver at Midway, which installed a state-of-the-art batching plant at its innovative North Laverton facility, which also hosts a large modern showroom allowing customers to view various concrete surfacing options.
The drive-in batching plant tower mixes the different material required for each load and fills an eight square metre agitator bowl in less than one minute, saving precious time.
Mr Boxhall likes the productivity of the 10×4 CL112, but was also attracted by the combination of a Cummins engine and Allison automatic transmission, which were given the tick of approval by the Midway workshop manager.
The CL112 is available as a 6×4, 8×4 or 10×4 and comes standard with a load sharing front axle. Locally developed and tested Electronic Stability Control and Roll Stability Control is available, along with lane departure warning.
It uses an 8.9-litre Cummings in-line six-cylinder ISLe5 engine with ratings running through from 320hp to 400hp and is available with manual Eaton or Allison automatic transmission.