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Robinson Spreading invests in its first IVECO Trakker

South Australian fertiliser spreading business, Robinson Spreading, has taken delivery of its first IVECO Trakker 360 4x4.

Robinson Spreading owner and founder, Mark Robinson, runs his business with his wife, Sandra, and for the past 12 years has used second-hand vehicles until the recent IVECO purchase via the Adtrans Truck Centre in Laverton North, Victoria.

“Our work takes in all types of broad land properties, including dairy farms, cattle farms, sheep farms, and so forth,” Mark Robinson told IVECO. He explained that the business covers a large area around lower south east Australia and western Victoria.

Mark Robinson carries all types of fertiliser in the Trakker – compost and lime sand, as well as granular fertilisers such as blends and urinas. He told the commercial vehicle manufacturer that the Trakker’s low tare weight means that he gets excellent payloads.

“Obviously, I stick to the legal limit of 6 – 6.6 tonne on the road, but in the paddock, I’ve found I can load as much as 10 tonne and drive all day without a problem,” he said.

With centre front and rear differential locks as well as permanent all-wheel drive to all axles, the vehicle is reported to deliver excellent off-road traction. Its parabolic leaf spring suspension and high tensile steel chassis allow for outstanding articulation over the rough terrain that Mark Robinson encounters.

“On the road it’s easy to drive and performs just as well as off road,” he said. “I spend a lot of time around Drik Drik, which has some pretty large hills. So, I definitely require a vehicle with plenty of power and torque.”

Powered by IVECO's versatile Cursor 8, 6-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine and featuring 360 hp (265 kW) as well as 1106 Ib ft (1500 Nm) of torque, the Trakker 4x4 has provided Mark Robinson with everything he needs.

Mark Robinson said that his new Trakker 4x4 is returning surprisingly good fuel efficiency considering the loads it carries and that a good portion of its work time is spent over undulating paddocks.

“That’s another thing that really impressed me,” he said. “As a small business, every cent counts for us, and with the Trakker I’m able to save proximately 20 litres of fuel a day.”

In other news, Freight Express bolstered its fleet with IVECO Stralis.

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