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Burdett’s grows PBS fleet

  • Posted on Tuesday 13th, December 2016.

Melbourne-based bulk haulage specialist, Burdett's, has taken delivery of Performance-Based Standards (PBS)-approved five- and six-axle truck and dog combinations from Bulk Transport Equipment (BTE).

According to Burdett's Group Managing Director, Andrew Burdett, the new combinations boast a payload of 48.5 tonnes and bring the number of total PBS equipment in the fleet to 35.

"PBS is just a great idea. We have the ability to get 20 per cent more payload, which is a huge benefit first and foremost to our bottom line," said Burdett.

"On top of the cost benefits to the bigger combinations, having less movements on the road also helps resolve driver shortage issues, and produces a very similar fuel economy per vehicle, which helps us reduce our carbon footprint overall."

The truck and dogs are fitted with V.Orlandi E550 Pacific tow couplings, which boast a D-value rating of 330kN and include a jack knife indicator, which Burdett says is an important safety benefit during tipping.

"These couplings have a sensor that alerts the driver when the truck and dog is nearing a jack knife position," Burdett said.

"If the combination jack knifes, it can result in damage to the mudflaps, tow coupling and the drawbar. The sensor is especially useful when the driver is tipping on the blind side."

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