Truck Reviews

DIGGING TO SUCCESS | TRANSPORT NEWS – Paneltec expands with a fleet of specialist HINO trucks

A fleet of specialist Hinos continues to expand at Paneltec in the north of Tasmania, going from strength to strength – words by Ed Higginson. Paneltec was formed in 2000, when Stephen Guy joined his son, John Guy, in transporting LPG cylinders throughout Tasmania. The ‘Panel’ portion of the name comes from their panel beating background, and the ‘Tec’ comes ...

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KNOWING YOUR LIMITS | TRANSPORT NEWS -Toowoomba-based MAKTRANS takes the family approach to business

Toowoomba-based MAKTRANS takes the family approach to business – Words by Chris Mullett, images by Nathan Duff.  When the owner of the company has worked in the business and experienced life on the road firsthand, it leads to a better understanding of the pressures that can apply to drivers and how these concerns can be addressed. MAKTRANS QLD Pty Ltd ...

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Time Out for the T | TRUCK REVIEW – Brenton O’Connor heads down the highway in the latest Kenworth T610

Brenton O’Connor heads down the highway in the latest Kenworth T610 The biggest change for Kenworth in Australia, since the big changes to Kenworth’s K-series cabover (the K200), has to be the all-new T610 and T610 SAR. This is a game changer for Kenworth in Australia, with the addition of an all-new cab with far greater space for drivers thanks ...

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Time-Sensitive Success | TRANSPORT NEWS – Ed Higginson visits K.S. Easter at its head office in Brisbane

The secret to success in the parcel business comes down to reliability, as PowerTorque’s Ed Higginson found while visiting K.S. Easter at its head office in Brisbane.  Reliability is the key when your business focuses on delivering time-sensitive freight along the East Coast, and the same reason why K.S. Easter now buys mainly from Western Star fitted with Detroits. K.S. ...

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Middle Ground |TRUCK REVIEW -Clever technology and the strength of market leadership makes Isuzu a must consider option

Clever technology and the strength of market leadership makes Isuzu a must consider option – words by Brenton O’Connor It’s been quite a while since I’ve driven a truck from Australia’s biggest-selling truck manufacturer, Isuzu – so when the opportunity presented itself to test one of Isuzu’s latest models in the highly competitive 10-12 tonnes GVM class, I jumped at ...

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DUTCH BY DESIGN | TRUCK REVIEW DAF XF105-510 on B-double work

Brenton O’Connor puts the DAF XF105-510 through its paces on B-double work. As the flagship of the DAF Tuck range, the XF105-510 is the weapon the Dutch manufacturer takes to the Australian market in a highly competitive 500-plus horsepower segment that includes single trailer, B-double and rigid applications such as truck and dog. Thanks to PacLease Melbourne, the truck rental ...

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Distribution by DAF | TRUCK NEWS – DAF LF FAP 280 6×2 for urban delivery

Brenton O’Connor checks out the abilities of the DAF LF FAP 280 6×2 for urban delivery.  It was around the early part of the 1970s, back in the days of the first forays into the Middle Eastern countries by Western European truck operators, that driver comfort started to take a prominent role in vehicle selection. The aspirational trucks for any ...

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TEAM TRAVEL | TRUCK REVIEW – Ed Higginson joined K.S. Easter for a run south to Melbourne

Ed Higginson joined K.S. Easter for a run south to Melbourne, sharing the wheel of a Western Star 5800SS It’s certainly something of a privilege to be invited to experience at firsthand a new truck in the fleet, and to share the driving. However, it can be particularly daunting for the regular driver, who has yet to find out whether ...

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QUON-UPMANSHIP – PowerTorque has been taking a closer look at a brand with a great history of durability and reliability | TRUCK REVIEW – UD Quon

As the third string to the Volvo group bow, UD provides one of three reasons for operators to keep all their purchases under the one roof. Words by Brenton O’Connor The newly revised UD Quon (pronounced k-won) was previewed earlier this year at the Brisbane Truck Show. Now, with stock availability across the country, PowerTorque has been taking a closer ...

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The Kenworth Klassic 2017 | REVIEW TRUCK SHOW

PowerTorque’s Warren Caves relives the past lives of the Kenworth clan on display at the annual Clarendon Classic Rally – Images by Torque it Up. The annual Clarendon Classic Rally hosted by the Sydney Antique Machinery Club was held over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of September, and, following on from the success of last year’s inaugural event, ...

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