Leading Tasmanian freight company Monson Logistics, has invested in three new Australian-made Stralis and Powerstar models, bringing the total number of IVECOs in the company to 32.
The latest acquisitions, a Powerstar 6400 and two Series II Stralis AS-L prime movers operate in B-Double applications hauling containerised freight and plantation-sourced, pre-packaged timber all over Tasmania and to port in preparation for shipment to the mainland.
The new vehicles all feature IVECO 13-litre Cursor engines producing 560 hp and 2300 Nm of torque and are teamed to 16-speed Eurotronic II automated manual transmissions.
Monson Logistics Maintenance Manager, Heath Calvert, said the first of the company’s Stralis models were purchased around 12 years ago and have delivered excellent service, now showing up to 1.3 million kilometres.
“We’ve got around five of the earlier Stralis models that have done well over a million kilometres, for the most part they’ve worked hard, usually operating at 68 tonnes all over the state – the conditions are demanding with a lot of undulating roads,” Heath said.
“It might be a small state but our drivers are still covering around 900 kilometres per day.
“The Cursor engine and AMT combination is very serviceable, it’s a combination that has worked well for us – the IVECOs make up 32 of our 34 trucks on fleet and most have this specification.”
For town work, Monson Logistics opt for Stralis ATi variants at 460 hp along with 500hp Stralis AD models.
“We try and closely tailor the specification of the trucks to the application, and for localised town work the ATi is a good choice. It still has plenty of power for single trailer work but is also smaller and more manoeuvrable on the city streets,” Heath said.
“The IVECO’s have 80,000 kilometre service intervals and we can even go longer if we need to,” he said.
“Having said this, we also participate in Trucksafe Accreditation which sees the trucks being checked over every 20,000 kilometres for safety defects.
Truck supply and service is through Adtrans Truck Centre in Melbourne as well as WB Truck ‘n’ Trailer, Denny Mechanical and C&I Transport in Tasmania for service support.