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