Pushing up to 100,000 kilometres (62,138 miles) per truck per year, S&J Australian Scrap Tyre Disposals’ operators put in a lot of time in the driver’s seat, and by investing in Isuzu trucks, the firm is making an investment in its drivers. Most recently, S&J purchased two Isuzu FXY 240-350 6x4s with walking floor bodies to expand its interstate tyre disposal service.
“They’re such a good upgrade for the workers, we’ll be looking at buying another two trucks with the same configuration before the year’s end,” says S&J owner Steve Hayes. “Our recent purchases have all been trucks with automatic transmissions to reduce driver fatigue and for ease of operation.”
Reducing Manual Labor By 50%
Tyre collection and disposal is typically a job requiring a lot of manual handling, and Hayes estimates that the new FXY trucks with manual walking floors cut manual labor in half. “We have a forklift behind the truck, so there is zero manual lifting involved in our local heavy truck tyre operation, and the roll-over tarp is fully automatic, you just press a button and tarp goes right over the load” explains Hayes. “Instead of taking an hour to unload a truck, we’re doing it in a very economical eight minutes now.” And with the continued shortage of drivers, it’s critical for Hayes to keep S&J’s experienced truck drivers content. “That’s where we want to be for all our drivers in the future—with none of them having to do any heavy lifting or manual handling.”
The S&J Fleet
Although the Isuzu FXY 240-350 trucks are a favorite of S&J drivers, the firm’s fleet includes 13 Isuzus in total. The range of models, from the light-duty NPR 65-190 to several models in the F Series, allow S&J to efficiently remove tyres and rubber for clients large and small. The FX Series represent Isuzu’s heavy-duty range, including 10 models with 4x2, 6x2, and 6x4 axle configurations, as well as manual and auto transmissions.
The Allison automatic transmission is a popular one for S&J. “The Allison auto in the FXY is bulletproof,” Hayes says. “The drivers fight over the trucks, they just love them.”