A NSW southcoast construction business, reliant on grunt and manouvrability, has taken a punt on a new bonneted truck in a tipping application with dog trailer.
Based on strong word-of-mouth from local industries, Killmore Plant Services, located in Kiama, invested, after careful deliberation, in an International ProStar.
Jamie Killmore, a truck enthusiast and qualified diesel mechanic persuaded his father Noel, the company owner, to investigate.
As it had a Cummins X15 engine rated at 550hp paired with an Eaton 18-speed manual transmission they purchased the International ProStar from Sydney Trucks and Machinery as a 6x4 tipper.
"Jamie and his mates are truck mad. That's all they talk about and they're well up to speed on what's out there," said Noel Killmore.
“Some of our other trucks also feature Cummins and Eaton drivetrain combinations, so it makes it easy for the drivers to jump from one truck to the other and be familiar with their characteristics,” he said.
As Gates Haulage, a nearby operation, run a small fleet of ProStars, Killmore
called up the owner who he said spoke highly of the vehicles, claiming that they were performing better than the other higher profile North American brands.
The new ProStar works an estimated 1000 kilometres a week on a highway project in Wollongong where it delivers road base products and removes soil pulling a triaxle dog trailer.
A 12-kilometre round trip is repeated 12 to 13 times a day.
“Out on the work site it has great maneuverability to get into the tighter areas and the visibility from the cabin is also excellent,” said Killmore.
No stranger to heavy vehicles having worked as a professional driver for many years, Killmore founded his business in 1992.
Since then he has grown Killmore Plant Hire to offer a range of services including truck and industrial hire and hydraulic and mechanical repairs.