Australian Linehaul Has Purchased 17 Units; Pleased with Results So Far Sydney, Australia – 9 December 2011 – Based in Adelaide, Rick Andrews’ company, Australian Linehaul, provides express parcel service over a wide variety of routes for major customers, including the Toll Group, Australia’s largest logistics and transportation solution provider.
“We deliver on an express basis across every capital city in Australia,” Rick says. “The routes run many different lengths and require a lot of flexibility. We run up to line haul B-double and double road train.”
One common denominator for all Rick’s business is the need for a powerful, durable engine – one that can pull these heavy loads up to 250,000 km per year. Meeting those requirements is one reason why Rick has been a fairly dedicated Cat engine customer in the past.
That preference for Cat engines is one key reason why Rick was excited to learn of the opportunity to purchase Cat Trucks’ first on-highway vehicles, which were designed to meet the demanding requirements of the Australian market. Rick initially placed an order for 12 CT630s, and then followed up with another order for five more. Together, the 17 vehicles represent more than a quarter of Australian Linehaul’s fleet.
Of those 17, 14 are Cat® CT630As, a lightweight day cabin truck suitable for line haul and B-double operations, whilst three are Cat® CT630Ds, an extended cabin truck targeted to double road train operations. All the vehicles use the powerful Cat® C15 engine, which provides up to 550 HP and up to 1850 Lb-ft of torque.
Rick emphasizes the importance not just of power, but also the needs of his drivers.
“We’ve been very happy with the trucks’ driveability, as well as their ride, the trucks are very comfortable, which is also important.” Rick also rates the vehicles’ fuel efficiency as good.
Brad Phillis, a driver for Rick’s fleet, has been driving the CT630 for six months now, and agrees with his boss about the value of Cat power.
“The gear box is excellent and the engine overall is brilliant,” Brad says. “No complaints. I love Cat® engines – they’re great.”
In addition to this practical consideration, Brad also enjoys the appreciative comments his vehicle receives from fellow drivers and others on the road. “Lots of people come up to me and ask me what it’s like to drive it,” Brad said.
That point of view is shared by his boss, as pointed out by Jon de Koning, Operations Manager for the Cat Trucks Business of Cavpower, the South Australian On-Highway Truck dealer who has had a well established relationship with Rick Andrews’ fleet.
“These vehicles have worked out very well for Rick; they have a good tare weight, reliable engine and an aerodynamic cabin which ticks all the boxes for Australian Linehaul. Rick also appreciates the way the trucks look,” Jon says. “Just last week, I spoke to Rick and he said, ‘They came up looking very nice in the Toll livery.”
So far, Cavpower has only been asked to provide routine service for the Cat CT630s, the first of which delivered in February 2011.
“The fact that Rick followed up his initial order for 12 by ordering another five tells me he has a lot of confidence in the product,” Jon says. “His first CT630 has already surpassed 100 000km on the road, and with that confidence, Rick actually elected to sell some of the European units in his fleet and purchase more Cat trucks.”
Jon also points out the value to Rick and other customers of having access to the Cat Trucks dealer network across Australia. This provides fleets with added confidence to consider out Cat Trucks product due to the harmony within the Cat dealer network. “With Australian Linehaul’s fleet operations for the Cat Trucks being all over Australia, they know that Cat is there for them 24/7, Australia-wide”. Jon added