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Pinnaroo Fertiliser Depot

  • Posted on Thursday 6th, June 2019
Pinnaroo Fertiliser Depot

Kenworth DAF in Adelaide worked closely with Pinnaroo Fertiliser Depot on a new Kenworth K200. For the South Australian agriculture supplier, the process of purchase, through to customisation and, finally delivery, has proven a memorable one.

Heath Boseley and his wife, Rebecca run Pinnaroo Fertiliser Depot in the Southern Mallee. They deliver to commercial and family owned horticulture and broadacre farms across the sprawling Mallee region from the South Australian side of the border into North western Victoria. Heath and his wife took over the family business, founded by his parents in 1971, seven years ago.

In the beginning, his father, Vincent, lugged 80-pound bags of fertiliser which were sewn up and delivered to local farms, many of which still grow carrots, onions and potatoes today. That process, four decades later, has drastically changed. Carrying fertiliser is now done in bulk with a truck and dog trailer with a 485 and upwards horsepower prime mover. Having recently taken delivery of a Kenworth K200, Heath required a vehicle with enough power to increase his carrying capacity, but with the ability to negotiate the variable conditions of paddocks made dry by drought conditions, where he will leave one tonne bulk bags for farmers or refill fertiliser spreaders. In addition to this, he needed on-highway capability as he treks with regularity to Adelaide.

The twin steer Kenworth K200 1.7 metre day cab tows a three-axle dog trailer. The combination is rated for 34 tonnes payload. Prior to the purchase of the new vehicle, Heath says he was approved for 28 tonnes under Performance-Based Standards (PBS).

“That’s why I went to a twin steer as opposed to a single steer so I could get more in the truck,” he says. “Beforehand I could only get 11.5 tonne carrying capacity so it’s a necessary increase.”

Heath uses a Trout River live bottom ruck body with a rubber conveyor floor. The tub which holds 21 cubic metres, pivots at the front allowing the rear to raise up three metres from the ground using telescopic multistage hydraulic cylinders to enable transfer of the fertiliser into super spreaders he positions underneath it. Scales are used to measure a known quantity that he requires for individual customers to ensure he delivers the exact amount ordered.

Prior to buying the Kenworth K200, Heath researched which commercial vehicles were available, in the configuration he wanted, from other OEMs.

Various phone calls lead him to speak with Mark Clements, the sales consultant at Kenworth DAF in Adelaide. Mark, according to Heath, listened carefully to his requirements and the twin-steer options he was considering at the time. They soon agreed on the Kenworth K200. From that point onwards he was in contact with PACCAR Off Highway and Export Manager Phil Webb who wasted little time going to work in assessing the ‘nuts and bolts’ involved in spec’ing out the new truck. This was all before Heath had settled on the price and predelivery

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