730 hp Scanias on refrigerated runs
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.
ON A ROLL: Rory, third generation Farragher and CEO of the trucking operation.