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Isuzu delivers for award winning Hobart business

Tasmanian-based company, Hobart Truck Spares (HTS), has taken delivery of a 2018 FSD 140-260 tilt tray, adding it to a growing fleet of Isuzu commercial vehicles.

Since 2000, the award winning towing operator has aligned itself with Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL).

It operates 24 hours, seven days a week, every day of the year.

For seven years running HTS has been recognised as the Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce Towing Operator of the Year.

Last year it was awarded RACT Roadside Contractor of the Year from the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania who it contracts for.

HTS commenced operations in 1988. Current owner Darren Clarke took over in 1998.

“Even with the four Isuzu trucks we’re still so flat out we need to lease two more,” he said.

“20 years later and the biggest issue we have is timetabling because we are so busy.”

HTS currently runs a 2013 FVD 1000 Long tilt tray, a 2015 FYJ 2000, a 2017 FRR 110-240 tilt tray in addition to leasing two Isuzu FRR 500 tilt trays from the RACT in order to facilitate it more work.

Dealer Webster Trucks in Hobart sources the fitting of the truck bodies from Ahrns Handling Equipment in Adelaide.

Commonality and availability of parts is a critical factor for HTS. The company runs its own repair shop which means readily available parts are major consideration.

“Being a business that runs 24/7 in Tassie, we’re subject to harsh conditions, day and night,” said Clarke.

“The worst is winter and that’s why we need trucks that are super reliable. You don’t want tow trucks breaking down. That’s embarrassing, and we certainly don’t want to be towing our own tow trucks,” he said.

“That’s where Isuzu comes in on a number of levels. Their reputation for reliability precedes them and that’s been very apparent with our trucks.”

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