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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.