Fuso mixes on time

FJ driv­e­trains give con­crete proof of their re­li­a­bil­ity by keep­ing wet ce­ment turn­ing

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - — WR.

IN the busi­ness of ready-mix con­crete, hours can cost more than just time.

The rule of thumb is that it can take as lit­tle as three hours for con­crete to set in­side a con­crete mixer, so it is para­mount for the ve­hi­cle trans­port­ing it to be as re­li­able as pos­si­ble.

On Time Readymix Con­crete — one of the big­gest in­de­pen­dent play­ers in the ready-mix con­crete busi­ness — is trust­ing the sim­ply bet­ter trucks from Fuso in or­der to al­ways be on time with its de­liv­er­ies.

Es­tab­lished in 2005 with one branch and two em­ploy­ees, the en­ter­prise now boasts 200 em­ploy­ees, six branches (Brak­pan, Chloorkop, Laezenia, Booy­sens and two in Dur­ban). The com­pany’s fleet con­sists of six Fu­sos: three 10-year-old 26-310 FX and three FJ 16-230 C.

“We have found that our Fu­sos are re­li­able, rugged and parts are read­ily avail­able when we need them. As the mixer on a truck is re­liant on the truck, we sim­ply can­not have trucks that break down on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“This is where the Fuso out­shine their com­peti­tors, and our 10-year-olds are the per­fect ex­am­ple of this re­li­a­bil­ity. When it comes to the FJs, our driv­ers con­stantly let us know just how easy they are to drive, and they high­light their com­fort,” says Kr­ish Ram­samy, sales and lo­gis­tics man­ager at On Time Readymix.

The com­pany was in­tro­duced to the FJ trucks by run­ning a demo in their fleet, and they were so sat­is­fied with the ex­pe­ri­ence they im­me­di­ately bought three of the trucks.

Feed­ing the power hunger

The ro­bust Fuso FJ 26-280C boasts a di­rect-in­jec­tion diesel en­gine, rated at 205 kW at 2 200rpm with the torque lev­el­ling out at 1 100 Nm be­tween 1 200 and 1 600rpm. This makes it the en­gine of choice for pow­er­hun­gry ap­pli­ca­tions.

The unit fuel in­jec­tion and higher boost pres­sure on the tur­bocharger en­sure the com­plete burn­ing of fuel, re­duc­ing emis­sions and in­creas­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency. In ad­di­tion, dura­bil­ity is in­creased while wear is re­duced by the oil-lu­bri­cated fuel pumps.

The workhorse ticks all the nec­es­sary boxes in the con­struc­tion sec­tor, in­clud­ing a nine­speed trans­mis­sion with a crawler gear that pro­vides the flex­i­bil­ity re­quired to ne­go­ti­ate com­plex ter­rain for off-road ap­pli­ca­tions.

The ca­pa­ble truck also proves its met­tle as it of­fers a Power Take-Off (PTO) as one of its stan­dard fea­tures. This is a reg­u­lar re­quire­ment in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, as the PTO sup­plies power to other equip­ment.

A multi-leaf bo­gie type rear sus­pen­sion is very ro­bust for longer life and the abil­ity to haul heav­ier loads.

The de­ci­sion to pur­chase the Fuso FJ 26-280 C trucks was also aided by the 10-year-old Fu­sos which have proven to be so re­li­able, Ram­samy has cho­sen to keep them for longer than the com­pany nor­mally re­tains ve­hi­cles.

“Our con­crete is used for do­mes­tic and in­dus­trial pur­poses, so we sim­ply can­not af­ford not to de­liver to our cus­tomers.

“One of the most se­ri­ous re­sults of run­ning un­re­li­able trucks is that the ve­hi­cle breaks down on the side of the road, and the drum stops turn­ing, as the en­gine is dead. After about three hours, the con­crete sets, and it takes two weeks for the dry con­crete to be re­moved from the mixer, us­ing a jack­ham­mer.

“For us, it is not only about the loss of busi­ness, but also the driver we have to pay, as well as the em­bar­rass­ment of not be­ing able to de­liver to a client who is in the process of build­ing.

“So the Fu­sos have played a huge role in as­sist­ing us to be on time,” he adds.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Fuso trucks out­shine the com­peti­tors in re­li­a­bil­ity, said Kr­ish Ram­samy, sales and lo­gis­tics man­ager at On Time Readymix (in­set).

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