Bang for buck
Taylor Bros manager director Andrew Taylor hasn’t looked back since adding a new Enduro 8x4 FO3128 to his 35-strong fleet – its rugged design and sharp pricing have proven the ideal fit for his business
Tauranga-based Taylor Bros Transport Ltd was the first company in New Zealand to take ownership of one of the new trucks from the Enduro range. Andrew says he wasn’t sure what to expect having been invited to view the truck, but was “absolutely blown away” by what he saw.
“I thought ‘we’ve got to have one of these’!” says Andrew, who was immediately impressed by its height off the ground, providing excellent ground clearance at both ends. Another plus was how few low-hanging obstacles there are under the chassis – the rear suspension sway bar, brake chambers and air tanks are all tucked up and out of harm’s way.
It’s a 31T GVM truck built for hard work, with few “frills” but pretty much “perfect” for the job, says Andrew. “The pricing was bloody sharp too!”
Cambridge Welding Services (CWS) fitted a steel tipping deck with two-way tail door and added an inverted L-shaped steel plate over the bogie, as well as a tip pin mount in the rear and hoist joint at the front to complete the build.
Predominantly carting bulk materials to construction sites throughout Tauranga and Mt Maunganui, the hardworking 280hp unit has also made the odd longer trip to Waiouru and Napier and has certainly been earning its keep since replacing an ageing eight wheeler.
Driver Seth is impressed.
“It’s very stable on the road and rides through corners well. The cab layout is also comfortable and functional and the upright seat gives you a good view of the road. It’s got all the basics and that’s what you want for a working man’s truck.”
Featuring a proven Mercedes Benz Axor driveline, the truck handles hills and steeper worksites with ease. Cross and inter axle locks provide extra traction in more slippery conditions.
Seth says it’s also handy around town and in tight spots, thanks to its 5,175mm wheelbase and compact cab.
“Everybody likes to get into a new truck at some time in their life,” says Andrew, who is hoping to get 15-20 years’ service out of the FO3128. “Most of the guys who do this sort of work are not into bling.”
Taylor Bros’ new FO3128 might not have bling, but it does have what it takes to get the job done – with enough to keep both the managing director and his drivers happy too.
GVM / GCM: 931,000kg / 36,000kg
Power / Torque: 210kW / 1,120Nm
Transmission: 9spd Manual
Service intervals: 30,000km
*This is an abridged version of an article that originally appeared in Truck Journal. Read it here.