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Delta Group bolsters fleet with Isuzu trucks

Demolition and earthworks business, Delta Group, has taken delivery of an Isuzu FYX 10x4 model with hook lift, diversifying the fleet’s capabilities.

Delta Group General Manager, Dominic Santullo, said that the business offers hard rock quarry crushing services, concrete and timber recycling, asset recovery, waste transfer, heavy equipment hire, bio-remediation and rehabilitation, decommission, site closure consultancy and contract crushing and quarry operations, which calls for the need for versatile heavy heavy vehicles.

“Delta has 15 Isuzu trucks, which are mostly tippers that work in demolition, earthworks and quarries,” said Santullo.

“We’ve also recently bought an Isuzu FYX 2500 10x4 model with a hook lift.

“We chose it because of its extra-carrying capacity, which can add to our efficiency. It’s all about getting more work from fewer trucks,” he said.

The Isuzu FYX 2500 10x4 has a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 35,000kg, a gross combination mass (GCM) of 42,500kg, 257 kW at 2,000 rpm and 1,422 Nm at 1,400 rpm.

“The turning circle on the FYX is very good,” said Santullo.

“Demolition and earthwork sites require a lot of power. They work in quarries, landfills and green fill sites where there aren’t any roads, so we require tough trucks.

“Delta has over 60 drivers, and I always get good feedback about the Isuzus. Our drivers are happy with the trucks and the performance,” he said.

For the transmission, the FYX 2500 has a smooth-shifting Allison 4430 series six-speed automatic with fifth generation electronic controls and adaptive shift. It also has an Isri 6860 air-suspension seat with pneumatic lumbar support, which provides unparalleled comfort for the driver.

“Delta’s trying to move towards automatics, which takes the strain off the driver and the truck itself,” said Santullo.

“The FYX also boasts features like cruise control and a Digital Audio Visual Equipment (DAVE) unit with a 6.2 inch LCD touchscreen, digital radio, Bluetooth with voice recognition and 4GB of internal storage for music files.

“We’re doing different types of work all the time,” Dominic said. “But on average our trucks do between 10,000 and 15,000 kilometres a month.

“Running smoothly without any injuries is our top priority. Airbags, braking systems including engine brakes and driver protection are what we look for,” he said.

According to Isuzu, the FYX’s safety features include: ECE-R29 compliant cab, Anti-lock Braking (ABS), a driver airbag with seatbelt pretensioner and an ECE-R93 compliant Front Underun Protection Device (FUPD).

Delta’s focus on its employees and continual, sustainable growth sets it apart in the contracting industry. As with any national company however, Delta’s brand recognition is vital.

“We stand out because of our brand,” Dominic said proudly. “We’re recognised by our blue and red logo, the bright orange Hitachi machines and our blue, white and red trucks.

“The way the Isuzus are set up is a great look for our business.

“We’ve been buying Isuzus for the last 10 years and we have models that, after a decade of very hard work, are still going strong.”

Transport business, Tranz Logistics, has reflected on its fleet of Isuzu trucks, highlighting its customised fit-for-purpose equipment for the construction industry.

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