“The manual gives you more control and a better spread…”
box, Gav virtually slaps the gearstick across the gate.
“I’ve gotten used to it, and it’s all part of the driving,” he adds, “but a few times I’ve gone for fifth and got seventh.”
Gav doesn’t seem to think that the AMT alternative for the Trakker would suit this job: “We do a lot of spreading. We cart chip and gravel to the maximum weight. We do a really good variety of work: We’re often up the freeway, 300 to 400 kilometres, to places like Boyle River.”
On the other hand it’s also often supplying metal to the likes of new residential subdivisions, city cycleways and roading jobs, “where we need to cart 12-tonne.
And with this truck, we’re able to get in two extra tonnes….20% more.”
But for spreading metal, he adds, “the manual gives you more control and a better spread…and better speed control.”
So it’s good in the slow stuff – and the faster running too, as Gav enthuses: “Up to 90km/h, when this thing is empty, it’s as quick as a car.”
Even at 44t all-up, as we are for our test, it’s definitely not sluggish! It’s up to speed smoothly and easily, and when we reach open highway Gav simply flicks on the cruise control and – even from as low as 30km/h in top gear – the Cursor 13 just pulls strong and clean to the pre-set limit.
Showing its construction and offroad purpose in life, at 60km/h the engine is in the meaty part of the torque band, at around 1400rpm. Another 200rpm gets us to 90km/h. That’s just 100rpm over the green band on the tacho.
With a 300-litre fuel tank, the truck has a decent range. One fill of the 40-litre AdBlue tank almost gets the Cursor 13 through two tanks of diesel. It’s a pity that the gauges for each tank are on separate pages of the digital dash.
The truck is equipped with EROAD’s electronic RUC management, compliance and driver support system