From Grif­fith

730 hp Sca­nias on re­frig­er­ated runs

Big Rigs - - TRUCKS AT WORK -

THREE gen­er­a­tions of truck­ing pro­duce from the ir­ri­ga­tion coun­try around Grif­fith in NSW has given the Far­ragher op­er­a­tion an edge in re­frig­er­ated and spe­cial­ist freight.

This fam­ily-owned line­haul lo­gis­tics busi­ness cuts its run­ning costs by us­ing the most ef­fi­cient trucks avail­able and be­ing will­ing to move with the times.

At the mo­ment, the com­pany is in­vest­ing in Sca­nia and is happy with the re­turns the trucks are con­tribut­ing to the busi­ness.

In the 1930s, the Far­ragher name was syn­ony­mous with fur­ni­ture re­movals through­out New South Wales.

Three gen­er­a­tions on, Far­ragher is now known for in­ter­state re­frig­er­ated trans­port and cart­ing frag­ile freight.

Em­ploy­ing more than 50 staff and a fleet of 24 trucks, Far­ragher car­ries fresh pro­duce ev­ery day from Grif­fith in western NSW to su­per­mar­ket dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres in Brisbane, Syd­ney and Mel­bourne, each a round trip of be­tween 1900-2750km.

In ad­di­tion, the frag­ile freight di­vi­sion moves shop fit­tings and more than 150 as­sem­bled kitchens up and down the length of Aus­tralia’s east coast ev­ery week for var­i­ous cab­i­net man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The com­pany has en­joyed a long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with Sca­nia, as third-gen­er­a­tion Rory Far­ragher, cur­rent Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, ex­plains.

“Pop started with Sca­nia rigids in early 1980s and then Dad went into Sca­nia prime movers and more rigids to ser­vice the Coca-Cola con­tract,” Rory saud.

“In 2000 we had 12 Sca­nias on the fleet. Al­though we went away from Sca­nia for a while, when I took over the busi­ness in 2014 we started buy­ing Sca­nias again and in the past three years, we have bought 10 more, plus one rigid for the shop fit­ting busi­ness.

“We cur­rently have 16 Sca­nias on the fleet with two R 730 at the top of the list, hav­ing just taken de­liv­ery of our sec­ond one.

“I bought the R 730 just to say I have one... and we loved it so much, we bought a another one.

“But, with the first R 730 prov­ing it­self so fuel-ef­fi­cient for the amount of power it also made good busi­ness sense to buy the sec­ond one.

“The R 730s are still con­sid­er­ably more ef­fi­cient then our new Amer­i­can trucks and their trip times and pulling power are also far su­pe­rior.”

As an ex­am­ple, re­cently, two of his trucks filled up at the same time in Yass.

Both went out empty and af­ter col­lect­ing a load com­pris­ing fruit juice, the Sca­nia grossed 62 tonnes and the Amer­i­can truck 55 tonnes.

By the time they reached Goondi­windi, the Sca­nia had used $85 less diesel, while car­ry­ing an ex­tra 5.5 tonnes.

The Sca­nia also ar­rived 15 min­utes ear­lier, prov­ing the Sca­nia R 730 is more eco­nom­i­cal and faster on the big hill climbs, de­spite a 10 per cent big­ger pay­load.

Though Rory is im­pressed by the tech­nol­ogy in the R 730 that en­sures such re­mark­able fuel ef­fi­ciency, he ac­knowl­edges their Sca­nia R 620 is more eco­nom­i­cal again, but said the R 730 out­shines the lat­est Amer­i­can prod­uct on their fleet.

But it seems that two R 730s are enough for the fleet, with plans to buy more R 620s in the near fu­ture.

PHO­TOS: MARK BEAN

ON A ROLL: Rory, third gen­er­a­tion Far­ragher and CEO of the truck­ing op­er­a­tion.

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