Tim­ber24 takes de­liv­ery of new trucks

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

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.

PHOTO: TIM­BER24

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.

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