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Premix cements position using Isuzu trucks

Family-owned Premix Concrete S.A. recently added an Isuzu FYJ 300-350 Agitator to its fleet, with the new addition joining an array of Isuzu trucks the company already owns, including an FYJ 300-350, an FVY 240-300, an FVZ 260-300 and nine FVZ 1400s.

Started just over 30 years ago by the family patriarch, Vic Femia, Premix Concrete S.A. is now run by Vic’s sons.

The business services a sizeable area of South Australia, including the beautiful Barossa Valley, with the larger trucks hauling up to seven cubic metres per load.

Delivering from Premix Concrete’s three depots, the trucks average 2,800km per month.

With such heavy demands on the vehicles, reliability becomes a huge factor.

According to the Sales Manager for Premix Concrete S.A., Scott Dykstra, the purchase of an all new Isuzu FYJ 300-350 Agitator was a natural choice.

“We needed a truck that was capable of doing the job that we needed it for. That was our priority," he said.

“And we knew, after having owned several Isuzu trucks, we could trust the brand to deliver a truck that was perfectly suited to our application,” said Dykstra.

The FYJ Agitator features a gross vehicle mass of 30,000kg, power of 257kW at 2,000 rpm and torque of 1,422Nm at 1,400 rpm.

It’s compact turning circle is reportedly a boon for the drivers in negotiating hard-to-access sites.

The cab according to Dykstra has exceptional vision, which means reversing the truck in enclosed spaces is safer, giving his drivers greater versatility.

He said Dykstra there wasn't an option to simply hire an agitator if a vehicle breaks down in his business.

“Having vehicles inoperative means you are losing money and customer confidence," he said.

"Ensuring good vehicle management, preventative maintenance and buying reliable vehicle are the keys to keeping the trucks on the road and, in consequence, our customers happy.”

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