Count­ing his chick­ens

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IDSL stands out be­cause we’re hard work­ing, have great gear and mod­ern, re­li­able trucks, IDSL Trans­port di­rec­tor Ian Philip said.

Based in south­east Queens­land, IDSL has been de­liv­er­ing chicken prod­ucts across Queens­land for the past decade.

From hum­ble sin­gle-truck be­gin­nings, IDSL has grown to five ve­hi­cles and seven staff, with each run­ning full-time for one ma­jor chicken pro­ducer.

“Each one of my trucks has a cer­tain run,” Ian said.

“We cover the Sun­shine Coast, out west to Toowoomba and all the su­per­mar­kets and fast food stores in south­east Queens­land.

In tes­ta­ment to IDSL’s renowned re­li­a­bil­ity and Queens­land’s vo­ra­cious ap­petite for chicken, Ian re­cently ex­panded his fleet with the ac­qui­si­tion of three new Isuzu FXL LWB 1500s.

The FXL 1500 has a GVM of 24,000 kg and is pow­ered by Isuzu’s 9.8 litre, six cylin­der Sitec III 350 diesel which has a power out­put of 257 kW (345hp) at 2000 rpm and that pro­duces 1422 Nm of torque at 1400 rpm.

It comes fit­ted with ZF’s 1310 TO nine-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

“My driver who han­dles the Toowoomba route is fully loaded,” Ian said.

“But be­cause we’ve got weigh­bridges, he’s able to go out with 21 tonnes of chicken a day.

“His FXL has never even been in the low range driv­ing up the Toowoomba Range. It’s ex­cep­tion­ally im­pres­sive.”

Ian is quick to at­tribute his suc­cess to his equip­ment, his re­la­tion­ships and his em­ploy­ees’ work ethic.

“All my driv­ers do a 12-hour shift,” he said.

“When they re­turn, I use a cou­ple of the trucks to do other night work.

“My driv­ers love the trucks. They re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the com­fort, power and how spa­cious the cabs are.”

With a fresh fleet, it’s only up from here.

“We’re go­ing to carry on do­ing what we do and ex­pand along the way,” Ian said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PULLING POUL­TRY: Ian Philip with his three new Isuzu FXY 1500s.

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