Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Isuzu, built the ready-to-work NLR 45-150 AMT Servicepack X that Darryl Moore relies on to comfortably convey himself and the necessary tools of the trade between jobs.
For the past 10 years, Moore has owned and operated Darryl Moore Electrical, specialising in major insurance and emergency electrical repairs in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
While the COVID-19 crisis has ground many of his daily bread and butter contracting jobs to a halt, he’s still on call, providing an essential service for emergency electrical situations – with his Isuzu NLR 45-150 AMT Servicepack X loaded up and ready to go at a moment’s notice.
“On a regular day, I’ll go to two or three different houses in the morning, usually disconnecting lights, and then go back in the afternoon to do reconnections after the other tradies have finished their jobs,” said Moore.
“But I’ve worked on all sorts of stuff, doing skybridges and electrical work on the runway widening at Melbourne Airport, wiring houseboats on Lake Eildon – I like to turn my hand to a few different things.”
Moore’s varied work means he needs an extensive range of tools and testing equipment, including a one-tonne excavator that travels on a trailer behind the truck.
He said he formerly had a ute but the tough workload meant it was costing him too much to keep it on the road.
“I eventually spoke with my finance broker, who said, ‘You’ve just spent five grand on repairs in a week – that’s five months’ worth of payments on a new truck’,” he said.
After seeing a Ready-to-Work truck advertisement online last year, Moore visited Patterson Cheney Isuzu and settled on the NLR 45-150 AMT Servicepack X with automated manual transmission (AMT), featuring adjustable internal shelving and body mounted roof racks that according to Isuzu proved perfect for his ladders and multitude of tools.
Moore said he was highly impressed that it was less than 14 days between purchase and pickup.
“Size-wise, the truck is smaller than my old ute in regard to height, width and length, but with the cab sitting over the engine, my Servicepack X actually gives me a lot more storage space.
“In terms of payload, the ute always struggled to lug all my equipment around, but with the Isuzu I can put the excavator on the trailer along with a full load of tools and it barely feels it.”
The NLR 45-150 AMT Servicepack X sports a sturdy 8,000kg Gross Combination Mass (GCM), power of 110kW at 2,800rpm and torque of 375Nm between 1,600 and 2,800rpm.
Buying a new truck has also brought meaningful fuel savings for Moore.
“My ute chugged down 17 litres for every 100 kilometres, and it was over $200 to fill up the tank, whereas with my Servicepack X it’s easy to get 100 kilometres out of 11.7 litres,” said Moore.
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