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The perfect couple

  • From the August 2019 issue.
The perfect couple

Since adding its first Lusty EMS Stag B-double to the fleet, S&S Henderson Transport has been able to manoeuvre through tight spaces with ease and enjoy greater levels of efficiency, which continue to add to the company’s bottom line.

Based in the small town of Derrinallum in south-western Victoria, local crop farmer Scott Henderson decided to expand into the transport game in November 2011, purchasing a second-hand truck and trailer. With luck on his side, the Mallee region was experiencing an excellent grain harvest season. “That year I was able to really get a good foothold and make some good contacts, and the business started growing from there,” he says.

Within a few short years, one truck grew to two, and then three. “We started off really well and still try to keep local base, doing as much local work as we can. I have three exceptional drivers and saw an opportunity to expand. I was having to knock back work so saw the need to add a fourth B-double,” Scott explains.
In February this year, the business took delivery of its new Lusty EMS Stag B-double, and already it is achieving significant results. Key to the Stag’s design is its ability to unload both trailers without uncoupling, providing greater efficiency and productivity.

Operating predominantly in Victoria, along with some trips into New South Wales and South Australia, S&S Henderson specialises in the bulk transport of agricultural products – such as grain, hay, fertiliser and lime. The Stag is achieving a maximum payload of 44.5 tonne, around half a tonne more than the other conventional B-doubles in the fleet, yet the big saving comes from its added capabilities.

“With the time we’re saving from not having to couple and uncouple the trailers, we are gaining an extra load a week. It’s also a lot less physically demanding for our drivers. When using our conventional B-doubles, they have to unwind the legs, couple and uncouple the trailers, which is a lot more work. We cart a lot of lime locally, so the driver could be doing up to three loads in a day. A lot of time is wasted having to hook and unhook trailers, so we’re saving around an hour a day in wages too, and over the course of the month that adds up, so it’s a big saving,” Scott adds.

Farm access has also seen a positive impact thanks to the Lusty EMS Stag B-double, which Scott says has a much greater turning circle than his other B-doubles. “It was hard work getting into some of the tighter dairy farms with the conventional B-doubles but when we go in with the Stag we have no worries, because it has the longer trailer at the front and less drag with the shorter trailer at the back. It’s given us a bit more versatility and allowed us to be a lot more time efficient.”

“The ability to unload both trailers without uncoupling, either in a jack-knife or straight-line position, is the ideal solution for customers who need load flexibility and a quick turnaround when unloading. There’s no need to break up the combination and roll the body or slide the suspension on the lead trailer to unload its contents. You can also tip coarser product because it doesn’t have to pass through a chute or grid,” explains MaxiTRANS Area Sales Manager, Clint Bachelor.

Though this is Scott’s first Stag B-double, he has another Lusty EMS trailer in the fleet and has experienced the quality and durability of its product firsthand. “I have a second-hand Lusty EMS trailer too and it’s the best A-trailer I’ve bought. It’s a 2008 model and it is rock solid and really tidy. I’ve never had any trouble with it at all – the build quality is spot on.”

And Scott expects to achieve the same level of durability and strength out of his latest Lusty EMS purchase.
“This is the first Stag I’ve ever bought and I’ve been very impressed with it. It’s resulted in big savings so I’m glad I’ve gone for this option. I’m very, very impressed,” says Scott, revealing plans to add another identical Lusty EMS Stag B-double in the near future.

According to Clint, understanding the needs of its customers before recommending a tailored solution is among MaxiTRANS’ core strengths. “As we come into the next grain season, now is the perfect time for operators to discuss their freight needs to ensure they can make the most out of the season, and operate with maximum efficiency,” he says.

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