WA Sand Supply & Haulage works on major infrastructure projects in Perth, where the transport company is based, and in the surrounding metropolitan area. The company’s trucks put in some serious work, running an average of 200 kilometres (124 miles) per day and in some areas up to 800 km (497 mi).
The company has been a loyal DAF customer from its beginning in 2012 when it purchased its first prime mover, a DAF CF85 460. Its fleet of 70 prime movers and 100 trailers now has 25 DAF units, including five Euro 6 DAF CF 450s acquired in late 2021, making it the largest fleet of DAF commercial vehicles in Western Australia.
Versatile Trucks For Versatile Jobs
Although commercial and residential construction projects are the firm’s bread and butter, they have recently expanded to taking on tasks in the road works, rail, mining, import, and exports industries, with their DAFs consistently outperforming expectations. In one job hauling iron ore, the company’s DAF XF-series trucks traveled 1,400 km (870 mi) that included areas of rutted gravel road.
“The DAF XF did its job without any issues,” says proprietor Sal Inceoz. “In stark comparison to the other more supposed mining-friendly brands.”
WA Sand Supply & Haulage prefers the European cabover models as it says trucks with bonnets are less convenient in restrictive worksites. “It’s much better to get in and out of tight spaces,” Inceoz says. “Sometimes tipper spots are very tight and American truck manoeuvrability is not that good. We find the overall height is also an issue in American trucks. We often need to go under as much as we need to work tight angles. In our industry cabovers are the way to go.”
About The DAF CF 450
The haulage company is particularly impressed with their new DAF CF 450s, which run so quietly with their MX-11 engines that drivers were initially skeptical of the trucks’ power, but were quickly convinced after some time behind the wheel. He’s even drawn attention from other drivers who have seen the trucks out on the road that are interested in driving for him. According to Inceoz, the interface and drivetrain elements on the 12-speed CF 450 are extremely reliable and easy to use.
“The ZF TraXon automated gearbox shifting is very smooth. It never ever makes a mistake, and it always knows which gear to select,” he says. “What I like most about the brand is that they keep it simple. It’s not overly complicated. Even a man who is 60 years old and who has driven American trucks his whole life can jump without fear into a DAF. It’s very user-friendly.”
The CF line comes in 4×2, 6×2, 6×4, or 8×4 configurations with low tare weight and Day Cab, Sleeper Cab, or Space Cab options. The fuel-efficient trucks are Euro 6-compliant and come with safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collison Warning, Lane Departure Warning System, and Vehicle Stability Control. The CF is powered by either the six-cylinder, 10.8-litre MX-11 engine or the six-cylinder, 12.9-litre MX-13 engine, with rated horsepower ranging from 340 to 530 (250 to 390 kilowatts).
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