“The closer we looked, the more impressed we were”
Its parabolic cantilever rear suspension offers “very high articulation,” making for “very good load-sharing distribution on the rear axles,” says Iveco. And that all comes with a proclaimed low tare weight, with the 6x4 cab/chassis weighing 8.5-tonnes.
The Trakker 6x4’s appeal for Isaac Construction is it’s advertised robustness – measured against many alternatives. As Isaac fleet manager Jim Shankie explains: “We look at all our options, and don’t just go for the one brand. The specs and the price were the two main factors…and it’s a tough truck.”
Before deciding to buy, he says, the company tried out a Trakker in its quarry for a few days: “We took it over some uneven ground, checking the diff locks and crosslocks, and the suspension travel, and the low tare weight.
“The closer we looked, the more impressed we were.” After running a variety of makes over the years, Isaacs also appreciates the Iveco’s high weight limits and durability, with the likes of its 7.2-tonne rated front axle. For added offroad durability, it has a C-section chassis with riveted and bolted crossmembers, while a clear topof-chassis allows faster and easier body fitment.
The Trakker’s designed for a variety of “tough truck” work, including agriculture, water cartage, forestry and drilling….and, in Isaac’s case, servicing its quarrying, construction and roading operations.
The 6x4, resplendent in Isaac’s yellow, white and black colour scheme, stands just 2mm short of 3.1-metres tall. Only a little less imposing is Isaac’s transport superviser Norm Taylor – an ex-driver (he was behind the wheel for 30 years), now looking after the drivers.
He introduces us to the Iveco, and to its driver, Gav… who’s not one for the limelight. To the degree that he doesn’t want his surname published and insists he doesn’t do photos.
Luckily for us, he’s not shy about talking enthusiastically about his new workhorse, which he’s had for just three weeks. He’s been with Isaacs for two years and until now has been spending his time in an 18-speed Nissan/UD.
With no time to waste, Gav and I each climb our respective three steps up and into the Trakker’s cab, each aided by a handy grabhandle, and ease into the seats: A heated, air-suspended three-way adjustable seat with armrest and pneumatic lumbar support for the driver….a