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Going the distance

  • From the March 2018 issue.
Going the distance

When Queensland–based transport business, Hungerford’s Truck Repairs, requires custom trailer builds, it turns to original equipment manufacturer, Modern Transport Engineers Australia.

During 2015-2016, agricultural businesses operated across 48 per cent of Australia’s total land area*, and Queensland was the largest contributor to the grazing of the land at an estimated 111.6 million hectares. Currently, the Queensland Government confirms that the state’s agricultural activity contributes more than $10 billion to its economy each year.

Since the 1980s, the owner of Hungerford’s Truck Repairs, Kerry Hungerford, has supported farmers and heavy machinery operators throughout Northern Queensland, providing custom spec’d trailing equipment to best serve the needs of the industry as well as the wider farming community.

“Most of the agricultural companies that I deal with are farmers that tend to operate multiple properties within radiuses of about 350 kilometres, and they need access to reliable and durable road transport equipment to haul anything from bulldozers to tractor units,” Kerry says – explaining that farm operators invest in large-scale gear that can weigh in excess of 20 tonnes. “My clients depend on a transport service that is efficient and optimised for the task.”

With a prolific background in heavy vehicle maintenance, Kerry knows precisely what he needs for his trailing equipment fleet to perform well. “I never just accept what is available in the market,” he says. “Over the years, through trial and error, I have worked with trailer builders such as Modern Transport Engineers Australia (Modtrans) to design precisely what I need to deliver exceptional customer service.”

Modtrans Branch Manager, Trevor Cox, says that Kerry’s most recent trailer order is a 4x4 full widener, which is spec’d to cart bulldozers for land clearing.

“Kerry operates in some of the harshest and most remotes areas of Australia, particularly North Queensland,” he says – adding that Kerry’s attention to technical detail as well as his industry experience positions him as a valuable service provider in the region.

“The new 4x4 full widener features Modtrans hydraulic suspension on 19.5” axles as well as hydraulic landing legs,” Trevor says – explaining that the hydraulics can either be powered by the truck’s Power Take-Off (PTO) unit or a diesel power pack, which is neatly mounted in a goose neck tool box with the top neck level. “The wheels are Weight Cheetah aluminium that are fitted with all-terrain Aeolis 265x70R tyres.”

Kerry says this new trailer is the first for his fleet to feature a Knorr-Bremse Electronic Braking System (EBS), which was spec’d out of necessity to align with road transport requirements. “Contamination from dirt roads can cause some major issues for trailing equipment in Queensland, which is why it is important to invest in quality components while being mindful of vehicle operator safety and compliance.”

To manage heavy duty use, Trevor says the 4x4 full widener deck is made from 8mm 80 grade high-tensile steel, including single stage 2800mm x 900mm ramps as well as an air-assisted sliding rub skid plate with both 90mm and 50mm drop-in king pins. “At Modtrans, it is important to listen to the needs of our clients,” he says. “Our association with businesses like Hungerford’s Truck Repairs opens up fresh opportunities to innovate and supply modern trailers that exceed industry expectations.”

A firm believer in investing in quality road transport equipment for long-term use, Kerry will continue to work with Modtrans to improve his fleet. “Trailers should be built to live, simple as that. Given the harsh conditions the trailers have to endure, I expect a least 10-plus years of service from my equipment. Modtrans has assisted with boosting fleet productivity, and as the agricultural sector continues to grow, Hungerford’s Truck Repairs will keep pace with the industry.”

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2015-16

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