Author Archives: Maree Mullett

Time to Waste 

Bevan Tennant has based his business on customer service, and it works At a time when most drivers are considering their retirement options, Bevan Tennant was thinking outside the square, putting his knowledge to the test and giving up the driver’s seat for an office desk. Born in Wales, Bevan left school at the age of 16 to shovel ten ...

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Fuel for Thought

Warren Caves provides firsthand experience of the fuel tanker industry After a tragic high-profile fuel tanker accident at Mona Vale in 2013 and subsequent recent court case, PowerTorque magazine takes a closer look at road fuel transport safety. While heavy vehicle accidents for whatever reason are unfortunately not uncommon, fuel tanker crashes are more likely to be much more spectacular ...

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Transtex makes savings with Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Transport operator Shane Blakeborough of Transtex has taken delivery of his fourth new Mercedes-Benz Actros truck, describing the model as a ‘game changer’. Mercedes-Benz certainly was not on Shane’s radar with Transtex traditionally purchasing American-style models for its interstate work. When he was offered a trial truck through a Daimler Trucks contact, Shane was reluctant. “I told them there was ...

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Pumped Up

DAF CF85 finds a future in concrete With a fleet of 30 vehicles, Azzurri Concrete of Wetherill Park is proud to claim that when it comes to high-pressure concrete pumping the company reckons it’s the best in the business. “We’ve got concrete in our veins,” said a company spokesperson. “We prepare our own slabs and then we complete the pour. ...

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Blind Faith

Would you trust the internet to drive your truck? It’s one thing to be able to ask your truck how it feels and whether it needs any mechanical attention by connecting your computer to the vehicle management system. It’s something totally different to rely on a fully electronic management system to take over the control of the vehicle when on ...

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Looking Good 

For Arrow Transport Logistics and Quarantine Services, having the right presentation is all part of promoting customer service Competitiveness, reliability and service are all part of the operating culture of Melbourne-based, wharf cartage specialist, Arrow. From the initial formation of the company in 2011, managing director Craig Webster was intent on making sure the company provided not only value and ...

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Dad’s Ride

The answer to profitability for TJB Transport Services means 20-metre efficiency under 19-metre constraints. As a strong supporter of both the Mack and Volvo brands, well before they became part of the same corporate group, Cliff Brown of Newcastle made his living behind the wheel of prime movers hauling semi-tippers, backed up by flat-top and general freight when the tipper industry ...

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Chicken Feed

When looking for ways to carry chicken feed in bulk, Tefco Trailers proposed the quin-dog solution With its 30th anniversary not too far on the horizon, Tefco Trailers has developed an excellent reputation for producing high quality tipping trailers, including tri-axles, sliding and roll master “A” trailers, rigid bodies, three, four, five and six-axled dog trailers together with a range of ...

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Up for Export

Sydney based Omni Tanker beats all comers with its Australian ingenuity As we dwell in a generation that hears increasingly of lost manufacturing opportunities or a continuing trend to source production offshore, the performance of Omni Tanker P/L of Smeaton Grange in Western Sydney comes as a highly pleasing alternative. Omni has developed a range of pressure tanks using carbon fibre ...

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Road Rave

Rear-discharge trailers make the road-making process much easier for Avijohn Contracting – Words and images by Warren Caves. Asphalt – a strange word, described as a dark bituminous pitch mixed with aggregates, mainly used for surfacing roads and sealing roofs. Back in the days of our early seafaring relatives, it was also used (without the aggregates) to waterproof the hulls ...

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