A pair of built-for-purpose Freightliner commercial vehicles have been delivered to a Perth speciality hotshot business.
The 6x2 CL112s will be used to carry expedited freight on servicing high value industrial operations including mines in which critical parts and equipment are needed to mitigate productivity losses.
With the sole objective to move the likes of engines for dump trucks as fast as possible, the application involves a 7.8 tray, a 48-inch sleeper cab and a retractable lazy rear axle.
Owner Danni Kempton said reliability and driver comfort was crucial given the long distances her operators were undertaking.
“We will go anywhere there is a road, so our drivers can be on the road six days straight,” she says.
Although the 20-year old company is positioned to service mines in Western Australia Dananni Haulage operates interstate going as far as North Queensland and Tasmania.
Drivers run two-up, with one driving and the other resting.
The Freightliners, according to Kempton who now has 23 trucks in her fleet, are the best trucks currently in operation despite receiving external skepticism in regard to the specification she chose for the vehicles.
“There were people who thought I had no idea when I built up the Freightliners and were waiting for it to end up in a big mess,” she says.
“But I had done my homework and I knew it would work. The proof is in the pudding and the Freightliners are the best two trucks we have,” Kempton says.
At present she claims the Freightliners deliver fuel economy around 4.4km to 4.5km per litre when the lazy axle is off the ground.
When deployed with a load the trucks are achieving between 4.2 to 4.1km per litre.
Featured on the CL112 is an 8.9-litre Cummins ISLe5 six-cylinder engine set at 340hp and paired with an Eaton UltraShift AMT.
(Image: Danni Kempton, Dananni Haulage Owner).