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MHK (WA)

MICK GODDARD –
COMPANY PRINCIPAL OF MHK (WA)

“We knew they’d do the job, but we didn’t know they’d do it quite this good, especially on fuel.”

“So looking at it from a service and parts angle, a Cat engine in a Cat truck was a no-brainer.”

“These Cats have impressed me and surprised me in lots of ways, but fuel is definitely at the top of the list.”

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Partners in life and business. Hana Reid and Mick Goddard with the latest of their four Cat CT610 models. Fuel economy of the 475 hp CT13 engine is outstanding

FLEET PROFILE

Industry Servicing civil engineering companies, hauling sand, limestone, stone and road base

In Business 2 years

Truck Four Cat CT610 day cab models

Employees 7

There are many things Mick Goddard likes about his Cat® CT610s, but none more than fuel economy figures that average 2.5 kilometres per litre and regularly reach an exceptional 2.7 kilometres per litre.

“Seriously, I never considered we’d get this sort of fuel consumption, especially when most of our work is shorthaul, stop-start running around the suburbs, and so much time is spent tipping and on slow pulls in and out of different sites.” says an earnest Mick Goddard.

“These Cats have impressed me and surprised me in lots of ways, but fuel is definitely at the top of the list. And the thing is, the fuel figures are getting even better as the trucks clock up more mileage.”

“Our first Cat averaged close to 2.3 kilometres per litre (6.5 mpg) when it started work and I was happy enough with that, but it wasn’t long before it was up to 2.5 and even 2.7 kilometres per litre and I honestly reckon it’s still getting better,” he comments.

Mick and partner Hana Reid are owners of MHK (WA), a wellpresented semi-tipper business operating five units from a neat family acreage at Karnup, 60 kilometres or so south of Perth.

We knew they’d do the job, but we didn’t know they’d do it quite this good

Formed just a few years ago in response to an opportunity to service a number of civil engineering companies, MHK (which stands for Mick, Hana and Kids) bought its first Cat CT610 in October last year and suitably impressed, wasted no time adding three more over the following eight months to meet increasing workloads and replace existing equipment.

“And the way things are going, it probably won’t be long before all five of our trucks are Cats,” Mick remarks.

Coupled to tri-axle steel tippers built by Custom-Quip Engineering in the Perth suburb of Kewdale, all MHK units operate under extra mass permits to run at a gross combination weight of 44.5 tonnes, hauling sand, limestone, stone and road base.

Incidentally, all MHK trailers are equipped with disc brakes and according to an adamant Mick Goddard, the braking compatibility of truck and trailer is, “Brilliant. They pull up as good as a car.”

For 43 year-old Mick, the decision to choose Cat’s versatile CT610 above all other contenders in a saturated market was not particularly difficult. After two decades of driving and owning Cat-powered trucks, he easily admits to not only great respect for the performance and reliability of Cat engines, but also high regard for the service standards provided by West Australian Cat dealer Westrac.

“In my experience there are many things that make Cat stand out and parts availability and pricing are definitely right up there.” “So looking at it from a service and parts angle, a Cat engine in a Cat truck was a no-brainer.”

Mick is, however, quick to acknowledge the Navistar heritage of the CT610’s lively CT13 engine, vouching for the strength and thrifty performance of the intercooled and aftercooled 12.4 litre six cylinder engine with dual sequential turbochargers, dispensing peak power of 475 hp (354 kW) and a tenacious 1700 lb ft (2300 Nm) of torque.

Meantime, access in and out of the cab, all-round vision, manoeuvrability, low noise levels and overall comfort all rate high in Mick Goddard’s estimation. “The ride is particularly good for a truck on a relatively short wheelbase,” he comments, labelling the CT610, “… an ideal truck for our sort of work.”

All the MHK units are equipped with Eaton 18-speed manual transmissions and Mick is quick to applaud the abilities of his drivers. “I take a lot of pride from the blokes we put behind the wheel,” he says thoughtfully. “They’re good drivers and they know their way around a manual box, but they also know the things that make the difference between an ordinary truck and a good truck.”

“We knew they’d do the job, but we didn’t know they’d do it quite this good, especially on fuel.”

“We won’t be changing,” a resolute Mick Goddard concludes.

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