Smart truck offers big comfort and easy driving
FOR any tradie who thinks their boss has it easy, Jake Brady’s daily schedule suggests otherwise.
“My average day consists of project management which involves travelling from site- to-site, keeping all the tradies on their toes and making sure they’re all doing the right thing,” Jake said.
“Then I run around finding new clients and quoting jobs, while constantly liaising with the existing ones, before returning to the office to file paperwork and get the books in order.”
Jake Brady is the founder and director of Smartbuild, a construction and renovations company covering the Shellharbour, Illawarra, South Coast and Wollongong areas.
“We specialise in architecturally designed, custom-built homes,” Jake said. “I established the business in 2012 because I wanted to offer a service the Illawarra region lacked.
“We concentrate on the custom design aspect of construction and can complete any project, from a nice new beach house to a major renovation. Applying skilful designs and sticking to our plans means we provide a very personal service to our clients,” he said. The pristine New South Wales’ South Coast has no shortage of beautiful, luxury homes under construction. Within this abundance of ingenuity and architectural excellence, Smartbuild South Coast can lay claim to building some of the best of them.
As easy as Jake makes it look, running a construction company servicing such an in-demand location doesn’t come without competition, or expectation.
In that vein he bought an Isuzu NLR 45-150 to take his business to the next level.
“The NLR is an awesome truck,” Jake said. “I have a top-of-the-range work ute but it gets trashed and can’t handle the loads that I need it to. My business has outgrown it in every way. The Isuzu has even more features than my ute, which I find a bit crazy and to be honest, it’s probably more comfortable than my ute as well.”
The NLR’s 4500 kg GVM rating means it can be driven on a standard car license, while it produces 110 kW of power at 2800 rpm and has a peak torque output of 375 Nm between 1600 to 2800 rpm.
“The Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) makes it so easy to drive. It’s smooth through the gears and the truck has a really comfortable cab, so my workers are constantly raving about it, Jake said. I love that it’s an AMT but you can do the manual switch if you’ve got a full-load and need that extra power, it works seamlessly.
The NLR’s advanced safety features include Isuzu Electronic Stability Control (IESC), which can automatically detect and help correct an unexpected loss of control, Anti Skid Regulator (ASR) traction control and Anti-lock Braking (ABS).
“Isuzu’s safety rating was an important part of my decision to buy one,” Jake said. “I used the star-rating to check out all the competitors and Isuzu stacked up the best,”
“The NLR’s tight turning circle is my favourite aspect though, it’s just another way that driving it feels like driving a car.
“The truck makes it so easy to pick up and drop off materials. It’s usually full of tools and picking up loads, but it spends the rest of its time just sitting there looking pretty,” Jake said.
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VERSATILE: Smartbuild’s NLR 45 150