In for the long haul

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to be seen run­ning lo­cal B-dou­ble applications, such as haul­ing con­tain­ers from the wharves, than long­haul freight runs.

The real heavy­weights run­ning 370-plus kW will still rule in long haul, but the Hino could be used as a back-up B-dou­ble when a reg­u­lar truck goes down, while run­ning lo­cal work as a prime ap­pli­ca­tion.

Hino also wants a 370kW or more horse­power model, and this is un­der de­vel­op­ment back in Ja­pan.

The 18-speed Road­ranger is the only gear­box choice in the SS 2848, per­haps its great­est draw­back in a mar­ket that is mov­ing more and more to­wards au­to­matic and au­to­mated man­ual gear­boxes.

Hino says it will have an au­to­mated man­ual gear­box within a year, and that will make the SS 2848 more ap­peal­ing to op­er­a­tors.

With the dire short­age of driv­ers who can com­pe­tently shuf­fle a con­stant-mesh gear­box like the Road­ranger’s, fleets are looking for au­to­mated or au­to­matic trans­mis­sions in their trucks.

It not only makes it eas­ier to find driv­ers, it saves heaps on main­te­nance and re­pairs caused by the lack of skill in chang­ing gears.

Hino plans to solve the prob­lem by re­leas­ing a ZF au­to­mated trans­mis­sion within 12 months.

On the road the big Hino is quiet and comfortable, the ride smooth and sup­ple, and though there’s none of the bling that the big Amer­i­can­based trucks can boast, there’s not much miss­ing from the Hino cab.

It’s well laid-out, roomy, welle­quipped, with a rea­son­ably-sized bunk, per­fect for round town work.

It’s rea­son­ably priced com­pared to the es­tab­lished heavy haulers, and with its 30,000km ser­vice in­ter­vals it makes a com­pelling case for a cost­ef­fec­tive truck that gets the job done.

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