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New DAFs excel upon debut at O’Connor Haulage

Sydney-based general freight carrier, O’Connor Haulage, has seen impressive results from the new fleet of six DAF CF 530hp trucks it has invested in.

The new generation Euro 6 rated vehicles delivered by Gilbert & Roach Kenworth DAF Huntingwood in June are operating on a major customer contract servicing regional areas of New South Wales. 

According to O’Connor Haulage General Manager Susan Jackson, these are the first DAF commercial vehicles introduced into the company fleet which features nearly 40 trucks and includes Kenworths and Macks.

“Five of the DAFs are running single trailer daily from the Sydney depot and we have one of the new trucks in B-double application on a nightly run to Canberra,” she said.

“The drivers, who are more accustomed to the American trucks, might have been sceptical at first but are now major converts. They love the comfort, ride, features and power,” said Jackson.

Fuel economy, a crucial factor for a linehaul transport operation looking for gains in overhead costs, have delivered on what was promised by the dealer. 

According to Workshop Manager Danny Jackson, Susan’s husband, the DAF CFs have proven themselves right out of the gate.

On a run loaded to Albury in which the DAF delivered a fuel burn rating of 3.01 km/litre it was a staggering 30 per cent better than the K108 customarily assigned the route.

“For us that equates to around $120,000 a year in total fuel savings. On that maiden voyage to Albury the figures it returned made it a tough prospect to argue against,” he said.

“You wouldn’t have dreamed of it ten years ago.”

Company Director Ashley O’Connor said the pricing and warranty offering from PACCAR was outstanding.

“Ultimately, a whole range of things swayed me to buying them,” he said.

“Seeing those figures of 160 litres on the return trip to Albury certainly helped. I knew Euro 6 would be good on fuel. But the fuel numbers blew me away.”

O’Connor who has grown the company alongside key commercial partners since moving from Wagga Wagga to Sydney is excited to see how the new trucks perform long term.

“Fuel is one of the few places you can still save,” he said.

“These Euro 6 DAFs stack up. The drivers absolutely love them. In fact you can’t get the drivers out of them.”

(Image: O'Connor Haulage Director Ashley O'Connor, Workshop Manager Danny Jackson).

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