Toowoomba based construction materials and services provider, Wagners, recently acquired its 50th Kenworth prime mover.
The 50th unit is the first in a batch of eight new Kenworth T659 prime movers that will be put to work hauling quad-combination Road West side tippers between the sites of Mt Isa Mines and Lady Loretta in north west Queensland.
The trucks and Road West trailers have been sold and delivered by Kenworth and DAF dealer Brown and Hurley at Toowoomba, a company with which Wagners has been dealing over the last 30 years.
The latest order brings the Kenworth count in Wagners fleet to 57.
In 2014 the company purchased 18 C509s, followed by nine T659s in 2018.
The latest T659s feature heavy duty Dana D52-190 tandem driveheads with a ratio of 5.25:1 and riding on Kenworth KW6-60A mechanical suspension with a 21-tonne rating.
The steer axle is a Dana D2000F with Kenworth leaf springs and a load rating of 7.2 tonnes. Gross combination mass rating is 165 tonnes.
The new units are powered by Cummins X15 Euro-5 compliant engines delivering 550-578hp at 1,800rpm and 1,850lbft of torque at 1,200rpm. Transmissions are Fuller RTLO22918B 18-speed manual.
Coupling is facilitated via Fuwa K-Hitch KA13D902335 fifth wheel assemblies with a D-rating of 240kN.
The vehicles are fitted with an advanced braking/safety system, which includes the functions of EBSS (ABS + Automatic Traction Control + Drag Torque Control).
"A big thanks to Wagners for the purchase of their 50th Kenworth – 160-tonne rated and ready to tow quad side tippers up at their Mt Isa depot," said Brown & Hurley Truck Sales Representative, Richard Lilburne.
Wagners was established in Toowoomba in 1989 by Henry, John, Denis, Neill and Joe Wagner.
The company started with three trading divisions – Wagners Concrete, Quarries and Transport – and subsequently expanded to include cement, fly ash and lime, reinforcing steel, on-site concrete supply, contract crushing and bulk transport, as well as light-weight composite fibre products.
November last year, Wagners was named as a lead contractor for Adani to deliver a $35 million operations package.
(Image: Wagners Transport Manager, Jack Wagner, and Dealer Principal, Brown and Hurley Toowoomba, Brian Bennetts, at the handover of Wagners’ 50th Kenworth.)