MENC Transport is all about looking good and providing solid customer service
Some people join the transport industry because they see it simply as a way of earning a set wage, while others bring with them a passion about trucks that drives them to achieve business growth.
Eddie Galea certainly fits into the latter category. Having started with a secondhand UD carting recycled paper, he expanded, buying a new Hino FG in 2006.
“I was working really long hours with the recycled paper business and every day I was passed by immaculate Kenworths. I reached the point where I had to decide how to have my own Kenworth, while at the time being able to cut back on the hours a bit to spend more time with my wife and two boys. Otherwise I wasn’t going to see them grow up,” said Eddie.
By 2011 Eddie had set his sights on joining the tipper business. An opportunity to join the Benedict’s fleet arose and he jumped at the chance. He sold his Hino and bought his first Kenworth, a K104 model bodied as a rigid tipper and operated with a dog trailer, with both bodied by Borcat.
“Looking back on the K104, we spent a lot of time on it to get it up to perfect condition. It was originally powered by a Cummins N14 and I bought a replacement N14 Plus engine rated at 525 hp. We rebuilt the gearbox, worked on its appearance and it soon started to be looking up to the mark,” said Eddie
“Working with Benedict’s was a fantastic opportunity. I knew we had to provide really good customer service, and that means doing everything by the book. The company gives instructions to drivers as to what times they can access certain roads and locations and its imperative that we conform to those guidelines,” said Eddie
After three years of working in the tipper industry, Eddie and his wife Melissa, who, as a trained accountant, is the perfect match for Eddie’s driving ability and work ethic, decided to add a second truck to their fleet.
With Melissa handling all the accounts and day-to-day business requirements, this husband and wife team did the sums and ordered a brand new Kenworth K200 from local Huntingwood dealership Gilbert & Roach.
“I bought the new truck through Bill Anderson of Gilbert & Roach and he was a huge help assisting us with the right specification for our type of work,” said Eddie.
With a 4700 mm wheelbase, the new K200 is powered by a Cummins ISXe5 producing 580 hp and matched to an Eaton Fuller Roadranger RTLO22918B manual transmission. With a Meritor RPL greaseless driveline, the spec’ includes a Meritor MFS73 front axle on parabolic springs, Meritor RT46-160GP drive axles with cross axle locks to both axles, a 4.3:1 diff ratio, and running on Airglide 460 full air suspension, Bridgestone tyres and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy rims.
Finished in a sparkling silver metallic paint treatment, the cab features a 2.3-metre flat roof on which is mounted a Red Dot condenser. The K200 also features the PACCAR EBSS1 electronic braking system, with a 450-litre fuel tank and a split 270-litre fuel/180-litre hydraulic oil tank.
“Kenworth invited Melissa and I to fly to Melbourne at their expense and collect the new truck from the end of the production line. We were taken on a tour of the factory and it was a really impressive day,” said Eddie.
“We collected the truck on October 31st last year and drove it to Sydney together, ready for some final work to be completed at Gilbert & Roach. When that was finished we then took it to A & I Fabrication and Auto Electrical at Wetherill Park for customising, with LED lights, the front bar work, electrical items such as CB radio installation, visor work and wraps plus eight-inch exhausts. We also had the tanks painted the same colour as the body. These look really smart and don’t require polishing as we would with alloy tanks.
“Andrew at A & I was a real help to us with advice on what we could do. He is another person that understands what good customer service is all about. The quality is incredible,” said Eddie.
On the day PowerTorque visited Eddie and Melissa, and their sons Nicholas and Christian, the weather cleared, the grey clouds with threat of snow disappeared and with great sunlight we were able to capture the truck and trailer in all its splendour.
“Choosing Sloanebuilt for the truck bodywork and the dog trailer was the best thing I ever did,” said Eddie. “Tim and the team could not have been more helpful and gave me a lot assistance in the final specification. I stayed with standard weights and did not want to move into the requirements of PBS at this stage,” he added.
The size of the truck-mounted bin is 4800 mm in length, 2495 mm in width and 1535 mm in height, with a Hyva FE-129-3-3460 hoist running off a Powauto P/PA851BL11A08 power take-off rated at 12 GPM.
The Low Rider three-axle dog trailer specification is for a bin dimension of 6100 mm in length, 2495 mm in width and 1535 mm in height. All the LED marker lights and taillights are by Hella.
The truck and trailer combination holds a maximum payload of 31.5 tonnes with a GCM of 48.5 tonnes.
The advantage of the Sloanebuilt Low Rider design of aluminium tipper is that the bin sits half way down the chassis, to provide a low centre of gravity. This benefits the combination stability and safety, and, combined with Sloanebuilt’s vertical shock or quad shock front axle option, ensures the trailer tracks and handles perfectly on the road.
Sloanebuilt manufacture Three-Axle Low Rider Dog Trailers in various sizes up to 6700 mm in length and side sheets up to 2500 mm in aluminium, Bisalloy or mild steel.
Rock sheeted for maximum durability, the Sloanebuilt trailers for Eddie Galea feature 5.0 mm thick rock sheeting for the walls and 8.0 mm thickness for the trailer floors. The trailer features EBS (Electronic Braking Systems) with ABS (anti-lock brakes), matching the EBSS1 system of the K200. Both the truck and trailer are running with disc brakes, with the trailer using Hendrickson INTRAAX suspension with a lifting front axle on the tandem.
The X-Tarp rollover tarp system for the K200 and trailer was supplied by Mick Xerri and features a one-touch button operation for each of the units. Touch the button once and the X-Tarp opens, touch it again and it closes. You don’t have to keep your finger on the button for the covering or uncovering process to be completed.