Tricks of the trade

Con­trac­tors and chip­pies can do the heavy lifting, mostly with a reg­u­lar car li­cence

Herald Sun - Motoring - - WORKING WHEELS -

ONE-TONNE utes may be the tradies’ wheels of choice but two new com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle spe­cial­ists are look­ing to get a slice of the ac­tion with trayback trucks that can be driven on a car li­cence.

Iveco has re­leased “workready” tip­per and tray trucks based on its Daily range, while Re­nault has a tray for its Mas­ter van. Iveco has both a stan­dard tray and a tip­per unit for its pop­u­lar 50C17.

The three-way tip­ping body (each side and rear) is 3700mm long and 2100mm wide with 400mm side­boards and tail­gate, pro­vid­ing an es­ti­mated pay­load of 1500kg. The op­tion also in­cludes a head­board to pro­tect the back of the cab area.

The flat tray is 4092mm long and 2072mm wide with 400mm side­boards and tail­gate. It also has a full height head­board to pro­tect the cab.

Both sub­frames are hot-dipped gal­vanised and pow­der coated and the side­boards and tail­gates can be quickly re­moved if needed. There are a tilt limit stop ca­ble and safety pole and the body can be tipped via a hand­held re­mote. Tilt­ing time is 25 sec­onds.

The stan­dard tray has an alu­minium base re­in­forced with a 15mm marine ply liner treated with a scratch-re­sis­tant and non-slip phe­no­lic film. It in­cludes a built-in, lock­able tool­box.

The 50C17 is pow­ered by a 3.0-litre turbo diesel (125kW/ 430Nm), matched to a sixspeed man­ual or eight-speed auto. Gross ve­hi­cle mass is 4495kg, mean­ing it can be driven on a car li­cence (there is also a 5200kg GVM op­tion), and it is rated to tow 3500kg.

The tip­per and trayback cost $69,950 and $59,235 re­spec­tively, plus on-roads.

To sweeten the deal, Iveco has thrown in $2500 worth of ac­ces­sories in­clud­ing a pol­ished al­loy nudge bar, tow bar kit, bon­net and head­light pro­tec­tors and floor mats.

The Re­nault fac­tory tray costs $3990. It is 3.6 me­tres by 2.1 me­tres, has re­mov­able 400mm al­loy drop­sides, tim­ber deck with non-slip coat­ing and eight tie-down rings each rated to 80kg.

The alu­minium cab header board with built-in lad­der rack is rated to 400kg.

The sin­gle cab Mas­ter with the tray has a pay­load of 2046kg, the dual-cab 1884kg.

Trays have a re­tractable rear step, moulded mud­guards and steel anti-in­tru­sion bars on each side.

The Mas­ter sin­gle cab chas­sis is pow­ered by a 2.3-litre diesel (120kW/360Nm), matched to six-speed man­ual or au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sions. Safety gear in­cludes driver and pas­sen­ger airbags and sta­bil­ity con­trol. Mas­ter chas­sis cab vari­ants start at $46,990.

Mus­cle up: Re­nault Mas­ter trayback and, be­low, Iveco Daily tip­per

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