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Isuzu trucks reinforce Sniffers’ versatility

Sniffers founder, Steve Orchard, has invested in five new Isuzu trucks to bolster his business’ logistics capabilities for earthmoving, mining and gas, civil and commercial construction, road infrastructure and maintenance and waste management projects.

Orchard told commercial vehicle manufacturer, Isuzu, that his team has surveyors and engineers that cover a range of services in Queensland including plant and equipment hire, subsurface utility engineering, cultural heritage/archaeological remediation and environmental and geotechnical civil services. Logistics, according to Orchard, is a vital component of the business.

In recent years, Sniffers expanded its service offering with new specialist service divisions and also opened a new 34,000-square-metre site in Stapylton, Queensland, which operates 24 hours daily. To meet industry demand, Orchard agreed to expand his truck fleet with Isuzu.

“The Isuzu FTS 139-260 4x4 acts as our service truck, carrying all our oils and fuel, and everything else we’d need for on-site maintenance, and is great for navigating the rough terrain we find ourselves in,” said Orchard.

“On top of oversized loads, we also use our Isuzu trucks to transport skip bins of different sizes, as well as a flat tray and a water tank,” he said.

Vehicle manoeuvrability was also a prime consideration for Orchard. “The reason I got the eight-wheel twin steer FYH 2000 MWB Auto is because tight manoeuvring is often required.”

The Sniffers truck fleet also includes three Isuzu tippers: FSR 140-260 LWB Tipper, NPR 75-190 Tipper and the NLR 55-150 Tri-Tipper.

While the two regular tippers are reported to be indispensable – used to transport gear, materials, an excavator-(Bobcat) combo, among others – Orchard said he enjoys the Isuzu Tri-Tipper because it is versatile and can tip in three directions which makes it better.

Orchard admitted that trucks had never been much of an interest however his thriving business changes his mind. “Trucks support our business,” he said. “They are a necessary subsidiary, you’ve got to have them.”

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