“The closer we looked, the more im­pressed we were”

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - Big Test -

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

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