Timber24 takes delivery of new trucks
TRANSPORT company Timber24, which operates the second-longest rigs in KZN, recently took delivery of new 3350 Actros trucks from Garden City Commercials in Pietermaritzburg.
MD Blake Ferguson told Wheels that while the company runs a few Volvo trucks in serious off-road areas, their cost analysis shows that MercedesBenz trucks have the lowest total cost of ownership over the typical 500 000 hard kilometres their trucks run a year.
This low ownership cost is why the fleet of more than 70 trucks comprises Actros and Axor truck tractors, linked by drawbar to trailers especially designed for Timber24 to haul cane and timber. Ferguson said his company has invested heavily in improving trailer designs, with the current fourth-generation trailers both higher and four metres shorter than the first generation rigs, which enables drivers to use twisty, narrow roads. He said shortening the trailer while equipping the rigs to carry higher payloads per trip translated into fewer trips and reduces road risk by up to 25%, leading to significant annual savings for all parties involved.
Shorter rigs also mean fewer Department of Transport limitations apply to the vehicles. All Timber24 trucks are fitted with on-board weighting systems that enable drivers to optimise payloads without overloading.
Timber24 runs the second-longest trucks in KZN, with special rigs that can carry both logs or sugar cane throughout the year. The longest trucks operate at Richards Bay Minerals.