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Tasmanian business adds Isuzu trucks to fleet

Tasmania-based maintenance business, GBE Services, has reflected on its purchase of two Isuzu trucks to ‘keep pace’ in the equipment hire and metal fabrication industry.

GBE Services Founder, Glen Berechree, has said that due to rapid growth over the span of a decade, and to satisfy capacity requirements, he had taken delivery of an Isuzu NPR-155 Tradepack and NLR 45-150 Servicepack in February.

According to Isuzu, the Tradepack and Servicepack are rated at 4,500kg Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) and are driveable on a standard car licence.

The Tradepack has an engine rating of 114kW at 2,600rpm with 419Nm of torque, and the Servicepack has an engine rating of 110kW at 2,800rpm with 375Nm of torque.

“Until now we’ve been using four-wheel drives,” said Berechree. “But Isuzus are cheaper to maintain, have larger payloads and are far-better suited to our business.

Isuzu has said that the Tradepack and Servicepack models are specified with short wheelbases that allow for tighter turning circles than Berechree’s four-wheel drives.

“The Isuzus can handle far tighter areas than the four-wheel drives,” said Berechree. “Our employees just want to go fast all the time but we don’t need speed, we need reliability, and that’s what Isuzu is famous for.

“We employ a lot of young drivers, so safety was a top priority for us and Isuzu ticked all the boxes. Having said that, my employees love the trucks, they all think they’re comfy and well set-up.”

The Tradepack has a heavy duty aluminium tray, heavy duty galvanised ladder racks, integrated load restraint anchor points, headboard including rear window protector, removable drop sides and rear tailgate, satellite navigation and genuine Isuzu bulbar with 3,500kg rated towbar, according to Isuzu.

Also, the Servicepack has a fully powder-coated steel service body with seven centrally lockable, individually lit compartments, a 2,500 kg rated towbar with integrated rear step and a 2.08m x 1.0 m (L x W) central storage area with chequer plate floor, six tie down points and a rear barn door.

“Tradepack and Servicepack both have Isuzu reversing cameras, Anti-lock Braking (ABS), Anti-skid Regulator (ASR) traction control and Isuzu Electronic Stability Control (IESC) – which automatically detects and helps correct a loss of control – making Isuzu’s array of safety features among the most advanced on the market,” Isuzu said in a statement.

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