JAC Civil unveils new 4×4 rear-steer deck widener unit

Southeast Queensland company, JAC Civil, has taken delivery of its third Drake trailer – a 4×4 rear-steer deck widener – to replace an older Drake unit.

The new Drake trailer joins a Drake tri-axle deck widener that handles the lighter work, with the new unit shifting the company’s larger plant equipment which includes excavators, dozers, graders and crushing equipment.

Based in Maryborough, JAC Civil also does some contract haulage for other local companies and has completed civil projects in a large area of Queensland including Rockhampton in the north, Dirranbandi in the south and Roma in the Maranoa region in the centre of the state.

JAC Civil’s customers include large corporates like Queensland Rail, Ergon, and Roadtek, as well as local and regional councils, developers and private landowners requiring dozing, clearing and crushing on their properties.

The new Drake trailer has extra-long ramps for a safer loading angle complete with an air operated auto chain tensioning system and a low-profile gooseneck.

There are also additional load lashing points throughout, and chain and dog storage compartments within the gooseneck.

Other features include a polished aluminium water tank, strategically located grab handles and steps to assist in safe personnel access to the deck, twin toolboxes in the drop section at the front of the chassis and a heavy-duty winch mounted on the gooseneck.

According to JAC Civil Operations Manager, Clint Grohn, The Drake Group’s proven reputation for producing high quality trailers that go the distance was what attracted them to the brand.

“Anyone you talk to who owns Drake trailers will tell you they are not the cheapest but that you get what you pay for – and that is a strong and well-built trailer that will last a long time under harsh conditions,” said Grohn.

“And with a high percentage of our travel being done on regional bitumen and dirt roads, it had to be another Drake.”

In front of the Drake trailer is a cherished 2007 model Mack Super-Liner that is proudly operated by long-time employee, Chris Bertram.

Powered by a C15 Caterpillar engine producing 550hp and 1,850lb/ft of torque, it is ideally specified for float duties with a 120-tonne Gross Combination Mass (GCM) rating, Six-Rod suspension, an 18-speed manual transmission and 4.89:1 diffs.

The company also has two earlier model Super-Liners – a 1984 Series I and a 1988 Series II, both of which feature the mighty Mack V8 engine with respective ratings of 400 and 500hp.

Other prime movers in the fleet include Kenworths, Macks and Western Stars, while at the lighter end are a mix of Mack, Kenworth and Isuzu body trucks.

“We have had a really good run out of all our trucks, and with the smaller trucks the Isuzus are particularly bullet-proof,” said Grohn.