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GFS and Isuzu have the mettle for steel deliveries

With the help of Isuzu trucks, Geelong Freight Solutions (GFS) has fulfilled a contract to supply and transport steel for Melbourne’s $100 million Flinders Street Station upgrade project.

The company’s owner, John Groot, spent 30 years working in the road freight sector before establishing GFS in 2014.

This marked the beginning of an ongoing association with Isuzu Trucks, and five years on Groot has amassed a range of medium-duty units including an FVR 950, an FXZ 1500 and, most recently, a new FVR 165 – 260.

Recently completed, the four-year restoration project for one of Melbourne’s most iconic locations required GFS to make some very challenging deliveries in one of Australia’s most congested locations.  

According to Isuzu, Groot spent weeks reversing in and out of site locations that are considered no-go zones by many – but as he explained, that’s exactly what he prides himself on.

“Steel isn’t something people like to do,” said Groot.

“I’m good at it, so why not?

“I call myself Geelong Freight Solutions because I pride myself on getting the job done when nobody else wants to do it – to find a solution.

“The trucks get pushed around a bit, the back-end gets pretty abused due to the nature of steel but the front half is all good and the trucks still work a dream,” he said.

According to Isuzu, the FVR’s 6HK1-TCC six-cylinder engine producing 221kW of power at 2,400rpm and 981Nm of torque makes light work of carting steel and other freight around town, which is a specialty of GFS.

The manufacturer said the rear stabiliser bar provides a further element of support for the truck’s rear suspension, allowing it to carry the payload better and behave more predictably on the road for the driver.

Hill Start Aid is another feature of the FVR that complements the freight application, particularly displaying its merit when starting off on a hill with a full payload onboard.

For the trucks to perform in the GFS fleet, it is the last mile that really counts according to Groot. Once off the freeways and picking their way up steep inclines to job sites, the true mettle of the FVR is tested.

As for after-sales service, Groot said his local dealer Winter & Taylor Isuzu in Geelong accommodates his needs well with their 24-hour servicing ability.

“Aaron Smith and the servicing team at Winter & Taylor Isuzu do overnight maintenance, so we drop them in for a service after work and pick them up first thing in the morning; it works perfectly,” said Groot.

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