Smart truck of­fers big com­fort and easy driv­ing

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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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