Well-groomed Cat

Deals on Wheels - - Truck Shows -

There were only a cou­ple of Cat trucks at the show, one be­ing owned by Robert Sch­midt. Robert has been in the in­dus­try for 36 years, the past 16 years as an owner-driver.

He be­lieves that it is get­ting harder to be an owner-driver.

It’s not so much the rules and reg­u­la­tions, but the un­der­cut­ting. Robert runs any­where, lo­cal or in­ter­state.

“I’ll go any­where, any time. It has spent a far more time in far north Queens­land than it has at home. It’s done more kilo­me­tres up there any­way,” he says.

“It’s a very ver­sa­tile truck and is good for lo­cal too. It has a re­ally good turn­ing cir­cle on it for a bon­neted truck, it’s al­most as good as a cab-over.”

Robert wanted a Cat en­gine, a bon­neted truck – and Cat looked af­ter Robert the best out of five dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers.

“I’ve had it for two and a half years. I bought it brand new and I had it es­pe­cially cus­tomised. I bought it as you see it out of the fac­tory painted this colour.

“It is very nice, com­fort­able, and the Cat pulls like a train and rides like a limo,” he says.

This is Robert’s sec­ond year at the show, and he was look­ing for­ward to a great week­end.

He wished the weather wasn’t so hot in the sun while he was pol­ish­ing.

Above: Robert Sch­midt

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