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Big Rigs - - TRUCKS AT WORK -

The Sca­nia R 730’s im­mense power and torque, along with heavy duty gear­boxes, dif­fer­en­tials and brakes, mean it is suited for the long haul work, pulling B-dou­ble trail­ers of re­frig­er­ated meat and juice.

Each week Far­ragher’s dis­tinc­tive Sca­nias travel around 6000km, which equates to 280,000- 300,000km an­nu­ally per ve­hi­cle.

Most days now Rory Far­ragher spends more time driv­ing a lap­top than a truck, but oc­ca­sion­ally he does get out on to the road.

He re­cently took his mum for a quick (2750km) round-trip from New­cas­tle to Grif­fith, then to Queens­land, be­fore re­turn­ing to Grif­fith and New­cas­tle. “Mum loved it,” Rory said. “The cabin is cer­tainly roomy enough for two and we had a bunk each and it was good fun.

“Al­though she didn’t drive on this oc­ca­sion, she has driven Sca­nias be­fore, when she vis­ited the fac­tory in Swe­den.”

Two of the com­pany’s most ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers, Paul and John, en­thuse that the Sca­nia is the only truck you can drive all day and still get out fresh, so they can do some ex­tra work, or go home and play with the kids and spend qual­ity time with their fam­i­lies, rather than fall­ing asleep on the couch ex­hausted.

How­ever, the Sca­nias have proven to be ul­tra-re­li­able and only get seen at Far­ragher’s Sea­ham base (near New­cas­tle, NSW) for main­te­nance work.

The rest of the time they are on the road, pay­ing their way.

And that re­li­a­bil­ity will see Rory keep them for at least four years, by which time they will have clocked up around 1,200,000km.

While some of the Sca­nias will get traded, oth­ers will un­dergo the Sca­nia re­build pack of a new en­gine, turbo, com­pres­sor and dif­fer­en­tials, a thor­ough re­fresh of me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents, then it’s back on the road for a cou­ple more years.

Rory has elected to take the Sca­nia Main­te­nance agree­ment that ap­plies to about 80% of his fleet, and said the ben­e­fits are get­ting the trucks ser­viced at any au­tho­rised Sca­nia agent and the pro­gram is con­stantly up­dated, so the lat­est soft­ware is al­ways on the trucks.

Rory also has his trucks mon­i­tored by Sca­nia’s fleet Op­ti­mise fleet man­age­ment sys­tem, us­ing the Sca­nia Com­mu­ni­ca­tor ‘black box’ tech­nol­ogy to log truck and driver data.

“Ev­ery week we print off the logs and our main­te­nance guys use it to see how far each truck has trav­elled, so they can sched­ule in their ser­vic­ing,” he said.

“We also sit down with each driver and go through how they are op­er­at­ing the truck, and it is far eas­ier to get ac­cu­rate fuel us­age through Sca­nia, who give us weekly re­ports for each truck, rather than just re­ly­ing on the fuel cards.

“Another ben­e­fit of the mon­i­tor­ing is it has cre­ated friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the driv­ers, who are con­stantly try­ing to beat their own fig­ures but also each other.

“The re­sult is they are all driv­ing more ef­fi­ciently, which means less wear and tear on the truck, and them­selves and a health­ier bot­tom line, which is all pos­i­tive.”

❝ We cur­rently have 16 Sca­nias on the fleet with two R 730 at the top of the list... — Rory Far­ragher

Far­ragher driv­ers and fit­ters stare the cam­era down.

Two of the 16 Sca­nias run­ning in the Far­ragher fleet. Two 730 hp Sca­nias lead the pack.

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