JDM Contracting, a concrete specialist based in Tasmania, relies on a fleet of Isuzu FY series agitators to do residential and civil construction jobs, such as the one it started with Hazell Bros upgrading Hobart Airport in Cambridge. As part of their agreement, Hazell Bros provides the concrete and JDM provides six trucks, five of which are Isuzu FYJ 300-350 Agitators. The Isuzus feature 257-kilowatt (345-horsepower) engines that produce up to 1,422 newton-metres of torque. They also have floating cabs and ISRI 6860 air suspension driver seats for maximum driver comfort.
JDM owner Jarrod Minehan ultimately selected the Isuzus based on driver feedback. “Jarrod asked us what sort of trucks we like to drive,” says Dan Maher, one of JDM’s long-term agitator drivers. “We told him we like the Isuzus, they’re great trucks, so he went out and bought them!”
Beyond comfort, JDM’s drivers appreciate Isuzus for their reliability, their ability to get unstuck when on soft ground, and their enhanced visibility. “I can see heaps from the Isuzu, there’s a lot of vision from within the cabin, which is what I like,” Maher says.
The Importance Of Payload Capacity
Another benefit the FYJs provide is their payload capacity, with gross vehicle masses and gross combination masses of 30,000 and 45,000 kilograms, respectively.
“If we’re going a long way, we may have to make the concrete mix a little wetter, depending on what the mix is. And the Isuzu agitators let us carry a larger water tank, which is really good when you’re travelling a longer distance, so you’ve got extra water to use,” says Maher. “We’ve been doing a lot of work up at Tunbridge doing a highway upgrade, which is about 100 kilometres away, so this definitely helps.”