Tipping business his way
Truckie’s onto a winner
MARK van Diemen has been in the tip-truck business for almost 30 years and he sees tipping trailers and Scania trucks as the foundation of a successful trucking business.
He has held the one contract for 20 years and has a truckload of kilometres and awards under his belt.
With him every step of the way has been his Scania P 124G.
Originally Mark was in partnership with his father, Martin, but Mark took over the business seven years ago when Martin retired.
At one stage there was a fleet of three trucks in the business, but now Mark operates just the one Scania.
He transports bulk products for Pakenham Sand and Soil and 70% of his work is local, interspersed with regular trips to Seymour, Torquay and Bairnsdale in Gippsland to collect various landscaping supplies.
Bought new in 2003, Mark’s 420hp manual transmission Scania P 124G has covered more than 1.7 million kilometres. What’s more, it’s a multi-award winner.
“We’ve won three awards at the Tooradin Truck Show in the past five years,” Mark says.
“In 2014 we won best tip-truck over eight years old, then in 2016 and 2017 we won best European truck, and this year placed second for best tipper.”
The distance Mark has driven the P 124G is equivalent to 43 orbits of the Earth and his Scania has proven totally reliable.
“The motor was rebuilt at 1.2 million kilometres but I have not touched the gearbox. The rear diff hasn’t been touched but I have re-raced the front diff,” Mark said.
“I’ve recently done the kingpins but it’s still on its original springs. It has been a fantastic truck. In fact, I’ve only had to put two clutches in it, with the second going in just six months ago.”
Mark has always driven the P 124G and it’s his third Scania after switching from a White Road Commander.
Driving about 150,000km annually, Mark said the Scania was the ideal tipper.
TRIED AND TRUE: Mark van Dieman at the wheel of his 2003 build Scania P 124G with a tipper body and trailer.