Inverell Shire Council recently added two new heavy duty 700 Series trucks to its gravel re-sheeting fleet of light-duty Hino 300 and medium-duty 500 Series trucks.
The Council’s Hino 300 Series trucks are used for carting rubbish and overburden from sites and the 500 and 700 Series trucks are used for carrying heavier loads of rock and gravel, with some fitted with road patching units on the back – taking up to a 13-tonne payload.
“The Hinos are covering up to 1000 kilometres per day every day, five days a week, at an average of 100 kilometres per hour for over eight hours a day, fully loaded on some of the rougher roads you’d see in Australia,” said Inverell Shire Council Fleet Manager Greg Schuman.
“The braking and stability of the Hinos is very noticeable – I’d compare pulling up in one of our 13-tonne gravel-laden trucks to pulling up a car,” he said.
The Eaton RTLO 18-speed manual transmission was specified on their 700 Series trucks as it suits its intended use.
“Our trucks do a lot of pit work, including a lot of hard climbing, which requires using the bottom gears and the manual transmission allows that,” he said.
Inverell Shire Council is located in north-east New South Wales near the Queensland border and serves a population of 18,000 people.#HeavyVehicles #FleetPlantManagement #NSW