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WA earthworks business invests in Isuzu Giga

Western Australian earthworks business, SPG Site Services, has taken delivery of its second Isuzu Giga CXZ 415 with tipper body to complement its fleet in the Perth metro area.

SPG Site Services Director, Jarron Tewes, has said that the business has been engaged in site cleaning activities in the last 18 months but will be transitioning to more earthwork–related tasks, which is where the “big dollars are”.

With earth-moving plans in mind, Tewes told commercial vehicle manufacturer, Isuzu, that only one truck could provide the grunt while offering “brilliant’ value for money.

“I’ve just ordered my second Isuzu Giga CXZ 415 with a tipper body,” said Tewes. “If everything goes well down the track, we’ll buy a couple of N Series as well.”

The Giga CXZ 415 6x4 has a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of 54,000kg, and its Sitec Series III 415 engine is rated at 309kW at 1,800rpm and 1,863Nm at 1,300rpm, making it well-suited to a range of tipper and hauling applications, according to Isuzu.

“The Isuzus are known for their reliability,” said Tewes. “I chose the Giga because it has a bigger engine than many of its competitors and it's one of the most tried and tested trucks on the market.

“Unlike its Japanese competitors it doesn’t require AdBlue, and it’s priced better than all its major rivals.

“The engine brakes are fantastic as well, they’re a lot stronger because of the bigger cubic capacity of the engine.

“I haven’t got any issues with the Gigas. They’re comfortable, easy to drive and very quiet.”

The Giga CXZ has 12-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) with automatic and manual operation modes.

“I chose the AMT 12-speed transmission because it’s very easy to operate,” said Tewes.

“It’s so important when we’re travelling 40,000km a year around a built-up area, loaded with building materials and soil,” he said.

Isuzu has said that the Giga safety features include: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), cross and inter-axle locks, an ECE-R29 compliant cab and an ECE-R29 compliant Front Underrun Protection Device (FUPD).

(Image: SPG Site Services Director, Jarron Tewes.)

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