John’s tilt at heavy haulin’

An ad­ver­tis­ing man takes on a mam­moth task and suc­ceeds

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AN IN­NER-CITY cafe is not your usual truck stop, but John Ty­nan is not your usual truck driver. Ty­nan loves cof­fee and he knows the cafe, near Mel­bourne Uni­ver­sity, makes a good brew. Even bet­ter, it has a load­ing zone big enough to take his 8x4 Sca­nia R Se­ries tilt­tray truck.

Ty­nan’s love of cof­fee per­haps stems from 25 years in ad­ver­tis­ing. He reached the top, then lost his job seven years ago and had to find an­other. A pan­el­beater mate sug­gested he buy a tilt-tray truck.

‘‘He was looking to put on more tow trucks and sug­gested I could get a truck and carry cars for him,’’ Ty­nan says.

Ty­nan took up his mate’s sug­ges­tion, bought a new Hino tilt-tray and went to work as Tilt & Trade Trans­port.

His ad­ver­tis­ing ex­pe­ri­ence helped him at­tract cus­tomers, but he de­cided to progress to a heav­ier 12-tonne Volvo FM9 and move earth­mov­ing equip­ment.

‘‘There were few 12-ton­ners around and I was con­fi­dent I could find the work to jus­tify the move,’’ he says.

More re­cently he re­alised a move to an even big­ger truck would reap greater re­wards, and he de­cided to buy his cur­rent Sca­nia R Se­ries 8x4.

‘‘With the twin-steer you can carry more weight and, im­por­tantly, do it legally, which can be very hard to do when you carry heavy gear on a sin­gle-axle truck,’’ he says.

Ty­nan’s is one of a hand­ful of twin-steer trucks op­er­at­ing in Mel­bourne, and he reck­ons his is the largest one around.

Now able to haul heavy ex­ca­va­tors, rollers, buck­ets and rip­pers, Ty­nan works for ma­jor com­pa­nies in the construction in­dus­try. The 33-tonne GVM twin-steer Sca­nia is a long­wheel­base unit bought di­rectly from the fac­tory to take a 9.5m tilt-tray body cus­tombuilt by Jack­son Mo­tor Bodies.

It was the long­est tilt-tray body Jack­sons had built and has sev­eral in­no­va­tions, among them a hy­draulic ram sys­tem to move heavy equip­ment eas­ily, swing-down steps to reach the load deck, and lights in the tool­boxes.

Though he works mostly in and around Mel­bourne, he bought the Sca­nia with a sleeper cab for jobs that take him a long way from home. The same think­ing led him to buy a truck with ex­tra power to make it eas­ier to drive long dis­tances.

The Sca­nia six-cylin­der en­gine is a 12-litre Euro 4 unit that uses com­pound tur­bocharg­ing and EGR. When on song it punches out 353kW at 1900 revs and 2250Nm at 1100-1480 revs.

‘‘The 480 is a bless­ing on the high­way. It has the per­for­mance needed and it’s get­ting bet­ter fuel econ­omy than I got out of the 280kW Volvo I was driv­ing,’’ Ty­nan says.

On a re­cent trip from Mel­bourne to Bris­bane and re­turn he got 1 litre/2.7km loaded and 1 litre/3.4km un­loaded.

Sca­nia’s 14-speed, three-pedal Op­ti­cruise auto shift­ing trans­mis­sion makes life eas­ier.

Un­der­neath it has awe­some disc brakes on all wheels, anti-skid elec­tron­ics, and airbag front and rear sus­pen­sion.

Im­por­tantly, Ty­nan’s Sca­nia is equipped with the com­pany’s op­tional weight-mea­sur­ing sys­tem that gives him an in­stant read­out on the dash of each axle weight.

‘‘I’m very con­scious of run­ning le­gal all the time. The weight sys­tem gives me a read­out so I know ex­actly what axle weights I have and al­lows me to ad­just it if needed,’’ he says.

Big­ger the bet­ter: John Ty­nan’s Sca­nia 8x4 tilt-tray.

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