Fuso and Leader head­ing west

Stock unit heads for Keeroon­gooloo

Big Rigs - - LIVESTOCK TRANSPORT ADVERTISING FEATURE - Bob Ri­ley con­trib­u­tors@bi­grigs.com.au

“IT’S one of our most pop­u­lar units,” Westco’s truck sales man­ager Andrew Vaughan said.

The 6x4 Fuso with a stock crate body in Westco’s front yard was head­ing out to the near 581,500 hectare Keeroon­gooloo Sta­tion, one of Ge­orgina Pas­toral Com­pany’s prop­er­ties.

It is just to the south-east of Win­do­rah in far west­ern Queens­land’s chan­nel coun­try. The truck and crate are well set up.

The truck is Fuso’s Heavy FV54 6x4 that comes from the fac­tory with an ex­tra-long wheel­base. It’s pow­ered by Fuso’s Euro 5 rated 12-litre, turbo-charged and air-to-air in­ter­cooled six-cylin­der diesel which de­vel­ops 295kW (400hp) at 1900rpm and pro­duces 2000Nm of torque at 1100rpm.

It is fit­ted with Fuso’s 12-speed au­to­mated man­ual gear­box which can be op­er­ated in either man­ual or auto modes. The Heavy FV54 has a GVM of 24 tonnes and has a GCM rat­ing of 50 tonnes.

The live­stock crate, by Leader Bod­ies & Crates, is engi­neer de­signed us­ing the lat­est 3D soft­ware mod­el­ling, while all the parts are cut and made us­ing CNC plasma cut­ting and ro­botic weld­ing tech­nol­ogy.

All the com­po­nents are sand­blasted be­fore they are primed and spray-paint fin­ished while the tray floors are spray painted with an anti-slip fin­ish.

The hold-down clamps that hold the crate to the truck tray are ac­tu­ally shaped us­ing high-pres­sure wa­ter-jet cut­ting tech­nol­ogy which al­lows for their dis­tinct shape and al­lows the steel they are cut from to re­tain its struc­tural in­tegrity and ten­sile strength far longer than an equiv­a­lent heat-formed clamp.

The crate’s chas­sis is built from full-length chan­nel with the cross mem­bers welded within the chan­nel to give the struc­ture max­i­mum strength, and this unit will need all this for a life in the Chan­nel Coun­try.

❝ All parts are cut and made us­ing CNC plasma cut­ting and ro­botic weld­ing tech­nol­ogy...

PHO­TOS: BOB RI­LEY / CTM

FEA­TURES: Side and rear load­ing op­tions, 2.13 me­tre in­ter­nal height clear­ance, fold-up grid floor for ease of clean­ing, and smooth in­ter­nal sides.

Fuso’s Heavy FV54 long wheel­base with an 8m crate.

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