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COST SAVER | Truck Review – Freightliner Cascadia

 Lower operating costs will drive Cascadia’s hopes Down Under, says Warren Caves after a test of the new 116 Day Cab Freightliner Australia has a lot riding on the success of North America’s best-selling truck, the Cascadia, as it starts to hit dealerships Down Under. A common sight on the highways of North America, the Freightliner Cascadia was launched there ...

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FLEXIBLE and FRIENDLY | Truck Review-UD Quon

 The new UD Quon family expands with the addition of an 8×4 range of trucks aimed at the vocational and freight market, as Warren Caves explains UD broadens the appeal and versatility of the popular Quon heavy-duty truck range with the release of the brand’s 8×4 variant. Comprising three models with two engine, two transmission and three wheel-base variations, UD ...

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Menai’s quin-dog hauls the quarry | Company Profile

 Higher payloads lead to tri-axles drifting out of favour . Words and pictures by Torque It Up As I stand well outside the tipping exclusion zone observing a quin-dog trailer unloading its cargo of ancient sand, thousands of years in the making, I’m struck by a statement that really puts the evolution of transport equipment used within the bulk aggregates ...

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THE PHANTOM RIDES AGAIN | Company Profile-GE Hughes Construction Company

There’s an inbuilt tribute in the latest Tilt Tray for GE Hughes Construction Company- Images by John Kruger   Transport, civil, commercial and domestic construction company GE Hughes, based in Lobethal in South Australia, has taken delivery of a unique Scania 10×4/6 tilt tray with a lifting lazy axle to be used across the group to move machinery, bulky construction ...

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WEIGHING HEAVILY | Company Profile – Australian weighing Equipment

MACK Granites are the solution for Australian Weighing Equipment.  It’s one thing to have standard weights and measure requirements, but in order to have total faith in the subsequent measurement there has to be an effective system in place to provide the checks and balances that validate the equipment used for confirming loads. Australian Weighing Equipment (AWE) provides just such ...

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BEST INTENTIONS | Truck Review – Mercedes-Benz has reignited its enthusiasm for the Actros

Keen to get back in the sales race, Mercedes-Benz has reignited its enthusiasm for the Actros When the current version of the Mercedes-Benz Actros hit the Australian highways in late 2016, a lot of the comment made by operators was based on fuel efficiency. Companies adopting the new technologies were impressed with how the reduction of fuel costs paid for ...

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GREATER GRUNT | Truck Review – Scania 13-litre

Scania’s 13-litre fills the need There are an amazing number of ways to describe increased horsepower or additional torque, but none seems to get the message home better than the simple expression of ‘more grunt”. Since the European truck makers started bringing Euro6 engines with their beneficial low emission ratings into the Australian market the powertrain ratings have been increasing. ...

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ORGANIC GROWTH | Company Profile

Australian Native Landscapes approaches its 50th anniversary- Words by Warren Caves, Images by Torque it Up Patrick Soars, the founder of highly respected Australian organic-waste processor Australian Native Landscapes (ANL), together with his son Harley, the company’s Asset and Maintenance Manager, stand proudly within the company’s processing facility at Badgerys Creek. Around them are stockpiles of mulched material and taking ...

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FEELING LIKE A NEW MAN | FEATURE -MAN Truck & Bus

The wheels of change turn slowly in the truck business, especially for a company in the throes of coming to terms with new partners, plus determining to itself as well as its customers, a total revision of where it sits in the grand pecking order of a diversified product range from different manufacturers based in various countries. The TRATON Group ...

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THE TIES THAT BIND | Feature – TRATON Group and Navistar International move closer together

TRATON Group and Navistar International move closer together The return of the International brand has followed an on-again/off-again/on-again relationship between Navistar International and IVECO Trucks Australia that significantly damaged the brand reputation. A company restructure in 2010 resulted in the sudden departure of the previous executive team of Daniel Ustian and Dee Kapur, subsequently replaced by ex-General Motors executive Troy ...

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