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AWC and Isuzu move the earth in TAS

Tasmanian civil contractor, Andrew Walter Constructions (AWC), has taken delivery of a 2018 FYJ 300-350 rigid truck fitted with a six-metre live-bottom body to bolster its infrastructure project works.

According to commercial vehicle manufacturer, Isuzu Australia, live-bottom bodies and trailers are a viable alternative to tippers; their main advantage is that they virtually eliminate the risk of rollovers as the body is fixed in a horizontal plane and the load is removed by a conveyor belt around one metre in width running the length of the body.

This Isuzu-powered solution reportedly came into its own at AWC’s project on Richmond Road, Cambridge, an arterial route in southern Tasmania, around 13 kilometres east of Hobart.

The Tasmanian government awarded the tender for the road upgrade to AWC, with the company diving into the project soon after, equipped with its fleet of Isuzu trucks, including the FVR 165-300 and the FYJ 300-350.

The performance of the FYJ 300-350 – with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of 30,000kg, power of 257kW at 2,000 rpm and torque of 1,422Nm at 1,400 rpm –means that AWC can make the most of the payload capacity and maximise time spent on-site.

“The FYJ really suits our core application,” said AWC Fleet Manager, Grant Wardlaw.

“The truck’s horsepower stacks up perfectly, the transmission is great and it has a relatively low tare weight so we can maximise the payload capacity,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Isuzu FVR 165-300, fitted with a Fassi crane and tipper body, is also a boon for the company. With its 16,500kg GVM, it allows AWC to take on multiple civil construction duties, while providing outstanding manoeuvrability and driver comfort.

“When undertaking projects with tight deadlines like the Richmond Road project, reliability is key for us,” said Wardlaw. “With Isuzu, you just turn the key and they’re ready to go.”

The trucks’ reliability, along with the hard work and commitment from the team at AWC, has this latest project on track to be completed ahead of schedule.

Wardlaw also credited Isuzu dealer Webster Trucks’ sales professional, Shane Hilder, for his know-how and ability to match the right trucks to the desired application.

“One of the biggest benefits of buying Isuzu is that we have a dealer we can talk to and partner with,” said Wardlaw.

“The people at Webster Trucks are really good at what they do and they address any issues straight away.

“We really enjoy the comfort from knowing that they always have spots for our trucks when our own servicing workshop is full,” he said.

Andrew Walter established AWC in 1991, and the business has since grown exponentially, taking on key Tasmanian infrastructure projects like the South Arm Road, Rokeby Main Road Stages 1 and 2, Lake Binney Dam Wall Modification and West Tamar Highway.

AWC reportedly employs a team of 90 skilled and dedicated professionals which along with many years of experience has enabled the civil contractor to garner expertise in a range of disciplines such as subdivision, road construction, road rehabilitation, pipelines, dam construction, crushing and screening.

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