Fight­ing on for a mil­lion kilo­me­tres

Fuso Fighter still scrap­ping 11 years later

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VIC­TO­RIA’S Browns Saw­dust and Shav­ings has cho­sen to add two more Fuso Fight­ers to its fleet thanks to the dura­bil­ity of a model it bought in 2006.

“Re­li­a­bil­ity is the key fac­tor in the de­ci­sion,” says Browns Saw­dust and Shav­ings owner, Scott Brown.

“We have a lot of trucks we can choose from in the mar­ket, you have got a truck that has proved it­self and done the job so we see no rea­son to change.”

Mr Brown adds: “You don’t of­ten get trucks that give you a mil­lion km that don’t give you any grief, from the cab right down to the driv­e­line”.

The re­li­a­bil­ity was a key driver, but there were other rea­sons, Mr Brown says.

“It also came down to driver com­fort, they have come a long way with the de­sign of the cab and the ad­di­tional vis­i­bil­ity through the pas­sen­ger door.”

The man be­hind the wheel of the first new Fighter is Barry Evans, who has driven for the com­pany for 22 years and he is pleased with the new truck.

“Barry is very tall and needs a bit of room and the Fuso pro­vides that,” Mr Brown said.

“He had a choice of any truck for his next mil­lion kilo­me­tres and he was happy to stick with the Fuso.”

His old truck, the one with more than a mil­lion on the clock, is still part of the fleet and there are no plans to move it on, given that it is work­ing well.

Browns Saw­dust and Shav­ings has a to­tal fleet of 14 trucks in­clud­ing Amer­i­can mod­els and a small Fuso Can­ter tip­per.

The new Fighter mod­els are 2427 6x4 spec­i­fi­ca­tion and fea­ture 7.5-litre six-cylin­der en­gines gen­er­at­ing 199kW and 784Nm of torque.

A fully-au­to­matic Allison six-speed trans­mis­sion is avail­able as an op­tion, but Browns chose the nine-speed Ea­ton man­ual for its two units.

The Fighter has class lead­ing 30,000km ser­vice in­ter­vals, but Mr Brown has them ser­viced more reg­u­larly be­cause of the high PTO us­age.

Browns Saw­dust and Shav­ings, based on the eastern fringes of Mel­bourne, sup­plies saw­dust and wood shav­ings to the equine and agri­cul­tural and equine in­dus­try across Vic­to­ria, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from hobby farm­ers and horse rac­ing sta­bles to chicken farms and pig­geries.

It also de­liv­ers wood­chips to ports for ex­port.

The de­sign of many of the sheds on the farm­ing prop­er­ties means that the Fighter’s com­pact di­men­sions are ap­pre­ci­ated, along with the rear air sus­pen­sion that al­lows it to drop down lower when some of the air is re­leased.

The Brown’s Saw­dust and Shav­ing trucks are equipped with bod­ies us­ing Pumpa walk­ing floors that en­able the saw­dust and shav­ings to be de­liv­ered into the dray area of the con­fined barn space, rather than emp­tied out be­neath a tall hay shed.

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The Fighter has 30,000km ser­vice in­ter­vals, but Brown’s have the trucks ser­viced more reg­u­larly be­cause the high PTO us­age.

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