Stay­ing re­li­able and strong for the long haul

TRUCK­ING FEA­TURE

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - Mo­tor News Reporter

Mo­tor com­pa­nies like high­light­ing their prod­uct qual­ity with cus­tomer tes­ti­mo­ni­als, and Hino SA has tracked down a lo­cal com­pany that is very happy with its weight-movers.

A pair of 2005-model Hino 15-258 freight-car­ri­ers have moved more than 100,000 tonnes of steel scaf­fold­ing over the past 12 years, ac­cord­ing to Midrand-based Viva Ac­cess Scaf­fold­ing. Dur­ing this time one of them has cov­ered nearly 900,000km and the other more than 500,000km. As a com­par­i­son, 100,000 tonnes equates to the mass of a huge cruise liner ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing 3,000 pas­sen­gers and 1,000 crew.

Hino SA re­ports that both trucks still have their orig­i­nal en­gines, gear­boxes and rear axles, with no ma­jor re­pairs re­quired by any of th­ese com­po­nents. Both trucks are also still fit­ted with the orig­i­nal load boxes, which are in good con­di­tion con­sid­er­ing the rugged us­age to which they are sub­jected

The trucks usu­ally work six days a week trans­port­ing steel scaf­fold­ing com­po­nents to build­ing sites in Gaut­eng and neigh­bour­ing prov­inces. Over the 13 years each truck’s load has weighed an av­er­age of 7.3 tonnes, with one of them — fit­ted with a tag axle — gen­er­ally loaded to about 10 tonnes. The trucks do four or five round trips a day, trav­el­ling a com­bined dis­tance of 500km-600km.

Adrian Nunn, MD of Viva Ac­cess Scaf­fold­ing, bought the trucks new from Honey­dew Hino in 2005 and says they are still per­form­ing so well and re­main­ing com­pet­i­tive in terms of op­er­at­ing ex­penses that he doesn’t find it nec­es­sary to re­place them.

“A good in­di­ca­tor of the dura­bil­ity of th­ese Hino trucks is that when we shared a de­pot with an­other com­pany us­ing trucks for sim­i­lar work that com­pany re­placed its trucks, which were of an­other brand, three times while our Hi­nos kept on work­ing re­li­ably,” says Nunn.

He says the rea­son he chose Hino trucks when he set up Viva Ac­cess Scaf­fold­ing was the ex­cel­lent ser­vice pro­vided over many years by a Toy­ota Dyna in his fa­ther’s con­struc­tion busi­ness in Pre­to­ria.

“I must say th­ese two Hi­nos de­liver on all fronts as we can­not af­ford down­time. Car­ry­ing heavy loads most of the time and of­ten op­er­at­ing in heavy traf­fic in ur­ban ar­eas put a big strain on the clutches, so they are re­placed about once a year. Brake over­hauls every two years or so are the only other ma­jor main­te­nance work re­quired to keep the trucks run­ning re­li­ably.”

Adrian Nunn, cen­tre, CEO of Viva Ac­cess Scaf­fold­ing, flanked by Nathaniel Mu­vhango, left, long-time driver of the 900,000km Hino 15-258 truck, and yard man­ager Davie Mk­wananzi.

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