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AJM Transport reaps cost efficiencies with DAF trucks

Family business, AJM Transport, recently acquired four DAF XF105 prime movers to bolster its shuttle runs across the eastern seaboard.

AJM Transport Managing Director, Anthony Mansell, told DAF Trucks Australia that he is capitalising on fleet versatility to provide cost-saving services for his company and customers.

With depots in Melbourne, Newcastle and Brisbane, AJM Transport have laid a reliable footprint in overnight express services across the eastern seaboard, where each truck can journey up to 12,000 kilometres a week, hauling time-sensitive freight.

Since its inception, AJM has forged a strong alliance with PACCAR Australia. Until now, Kenworth has reportedly been the preferred choice of badge, making up the mainstay of its 52 prime mover fleet. This has allowed AJM the freedom to focus on core business activities, making sure every logistical need, from collection to delivery, is catered for.

Content with their Kenworth alliance, Mansell had never previously considered purchasing a DAF truck. Like any evolving business, Mansell and his team examined their operations for further economic value. In mid-2016, the team considered tapping into the benefits of fleet versatility; fittingly, the XF series was brought to their attention.

“We’ve got a lot of structure in our business these days but over the last couple of years, and particularly this year, we want to do more with less,” said Mansell.

“We had an opportunity to try the DAF product that was suitably priced and spec’d to our business model. We have some services that compliment weights of around 48 to 52 tonnes, with the DAF already pulling 60 tonnes but we get them in a window where they perform really well carrying less weight,” he said – adding that the trucks are suited for interstate shuttle runs as well as running them through through cities like Sydney for reload.

Three of the four XF105s perform changeover shuttle runs out of Brisbane to Coffs Harbour while the fourth prime mover operates an interstate single driver shift from Newcastle to Melbourne or Brisbane. Each unit travels 6,000km every week.

With AJM Transport’s 4,500-square-metre main facility headquartered in Newcastle, halfway between their Melbourne and Brisbane depots, the company is positioned well to effectively manage any driver fatigue and maintenance issues.

The XF105 is powered by a PACCAR MX-13 12.9 litre engine that develops 375kW (510 Hp) of power and provides 2,500 Nm of torque through a ZF 16-speed AS Tronic automated transmission.

With 210 centimetres of standing room, each Super Space cab structure has been widened, has a flat floor, and is fitted-out with an additional upper bunk, with ladder and refrigerator underneath. Other cab features include a semi- wraparound dashboard, driver and passenger air suspension seats with arm rests and leather steering wheels. However, it’s the accessibility and visibility that has got Anthony and his drivers talking.

“There’s always chat among our drivers about performance when we buy a new product,” said Mansell. Getting in and out of the XF cab and its operating vision is excellent. With the European influence they’re very comfortable to drive and its smaller size will be an advantage for us because later in life they will travel longer shuttle runs with no fuss.”

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