Truck Reviews

Fire Call

The latest Hino GT variant is unashamedly targeting rural fire fighting fleets, but this versatile truck could have other applications When duty calls and it’s time for a fire crew to head off-road, there are a couple of options that come to mind, the latest being the Hino GT1322 4×4 Crew Auto model that combines a seven-seat cabin with an ...

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Lifting Expectations – City Crane Trucks

Bruno Simone swapped careers from the fruit and veg business to crane trucks and has never looked back. Words by Chris Mullett Some things just happen in life and, like it or not, there are times when you take your best guess and run with the options. Bruno Simone may not have been your typical fruit and veg supplier, but, ...

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Family Habits

Wauchope’s Neville Hollis still loves his trucks but accepts the need for change. Words by Chris Mullett Like many involved over a long period in the trucking business, Neville Hollis comes from a time when family life revolved around getting home after a week away on the road, only to spend the weekend cleaning and greasing the truck. A meal ...

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Overweight and Over Here

Industry insiders suggest that Volvo’s new FH might be more of a heavyweight than expected If you believe in smoke and mirrors marketing you’d be convinced by now that there is only one choice for anyone buying a new truck on the Australian market, the new Volvo FH-Series. However, when you examine the facts, rather than the PR rhetoric, the ...

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Combining Experience – McNaughts Transport

When one of North America’s finest trailer manufacturers talks to one of Australia’s most experienced operators, the outcome is worth noting. Words by Chris Mullett How many times do we hear the phrase “Australian conditions”? Overseas manufacturers trying to sell their wares in our country are forever claiming they have taken into account the toughness and rawness of some of ...

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Swedish Simplicity

Dave Whyte checks out the latest Streamline Scania and comes away mightily impressed. When a manufacturer releases a new or updated model, it’s not always easy to appreciate the difference. Sure, there are plenty of glossy brochures and pictures to illustrate the changes from previous models, but without getting behind the wheel for an extended drive it is impossible to ...

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Check-out Chicks

Hopkins Transport took its research to new levels when evaluating better ways to transport eggs and one-day-old chickens Brothers Steve and Geoff Hopkins of Tamworth share a combined interest in chickens, even though their employment backgrounds are poles apart. For Steve, a career in banking gave him the financial expertise to develop exacting systems for the family transport business when ...

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Riding the Red Bull

Dave Whyte joined the glamour side of trucking with the race transporters heading for Bathurst. For most operators in the road transport industry, a truck is an asset that is put to work to make money. The truck needs to be working almost constantly, and working efficiently, to provide a sustainable income. Fuel prices, tyre wear and repayments are constant ...

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The President II

For Justin Booth Transport, it takes a full family commitment to run a successful business. Kempsey, on the New South Wales Mid-North Coast, is very much a centre for the transport industry. With more trucking companies located in the area than either Tamworth or Port Macquarie, much of the reasoning behind using the Kempsey area as a base of operations ...

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Tassie’s Top Tilt Tray

Conversation and cooperation across Bass Strait has produced the right solution for Tim McConnon 24-Hour Towing There are times when living in the tranquil beauty of Tasmania has its disadvantages. For Tim McConnon, the founder of Tim McConnon 24-hour Towing, it all came to a head when he wanted specific engineering on a new replacement tow truck. “The problem was ...

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