Top qual­ity all the way

Motor Equipment News - - PANEL & PAINT -

For more than 40 years Christchurch civil con­trac­tor KB Con­tract­ing & Quar­ries Ltd has en­sured the qual­ity of its work by tak­ing charge of ev­ery as­pect of a project, from ex­tract­ing metal from its own quar­ries to a fin­ished sub­di­vi­sion ready for the builders to start work.

“We have our own drainage crews, ex­ca­va­tors, off-road dump trucks, graders with GPS, rollers – ev­ery­thing we need,” ex­plains Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Mike Blair. “The only thing we don’t do is seal­ing.

“There’s an ad­van­tage in sourc­ing your own ma­te­rial know­ing ex­actly what prod­ucts are re­quired,” he adds. “And our cus­tomers like deal­ing with the one com­pany right through.”

The same phi­los­o­phy ap­plies to the com­pany’s fleet of road trucks, all 14 of which are Ive­cos – a pair of Stralis cab-overs and the re­main­der Pow­er­stars. They in­clude trac­tor units pulling tip­u­la­tors, 6x4 and 8x4 trucks, pro­vid­ing pay­loads rang­ing from 10 tonne to 27 tonne, en­sur­ing there’s the right truck for ev­ery job.

Mike’s fa­ther Kevin Blair used to op­er­ate In­ter­na­tion­als, mainly S-Lines and T-lines, and he sees the Iveco as their spir­i­tual suc­ces­sors – hard­work­ing trucks that per­form where it counts – on the bot­tom line.

“The big­gest dif­fer­ence com­pared with the old days is the com­fort of the Iveco,” Mike says. “They are lot more com­fort­able to drive and the driv­ers don’t get so tired, which is good from a safety per­spec­tive. Also, vis­i­bil­ity from the cab is much bet­ter and that’s also good for safety.”

The Ive­cos’ 500hp (373kW) and 560hp (418kW) Cur­sor 13 en­gines, al­most all with au­to­mated gear­boxes be­hind them, are also pop­u­lar with the driv­ers, par­tic­u­larly on the oc­ca­sional out of town trip.

“It may seem a lot of power for work around ur­ban Christchurch, but we’ve al­ways tended to spec trucks to a level higher than we need,” ex­plains Mike. “Then they aren’t work­ing as hard and we find there are fewer prob­lems and the fuel econ­omy is bril­liant.”

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