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'Getting What You Pay For' Means a Lot More with Kenworth

Buying trucks at the lowest possible price doesn’t always make good business sense. Smart operators buy trucks based on all of the components that make up a truck package – not just the up-front price but also the performance, running costs, reliability, service and ongoing support.

That’s also the view of Steven Sarkis, Managing Director of the EPQ group of companies, a major supplier of quality clay and shale products to brick making companies in Sydney. EPQ’s growing fleet of Kenworths transport demolition waste, excavated material and quarry products to a large number of customers throughout the metropolitan area.

“It’s simple,” Steven said. “You get what you pay for – and with Kenworths you may pay a little more up front but you get back a lot more in terms of increased productivity and reliability, as well as lower maintenance and operating costs. So now, more than ever it makes perfect business sense to buy Kenworth now more than ever,” he explained.

EPQ originally operated Kenworths some years ago, but switched to other American and European brands to fill a niche in its stable. That, according to Steve, was when the trouble began.

“When we bought some European trucks, the price was right, but we soon found out they couldn’t handle the workload. So, we tried an American brand. It wasn’t any better – in fact, it was worse – their trucks not only broke down more often, the servicing and back-up was awful. That’s when we went back to what we know – Kenworth,” he said.

EPQ uses a variety of Kenworth bonneted and cab-over models to fulfil various needs in its businesses. These range from T350s for metropolitan distribution of waste products in its Bin Go Wastebins business to T404SARs for transportation of quarry materials and waste recycling in its Erskine Park Quarry and All-Ways Recycle businesses.

Steven says the T350s are ideal for heavy-duty, urban distribution. “They are powerful, comfortable and easy to drive – three important assets you need for short-haul, metro work.”

“We needed heavy-duty trucks that were not only powerful but also highly maneuverable for getting in and out of construction sites without any fuss. The T350 was the ideal choice. It’s an extremely driveable truck, with a tight turning circle and other great features, like the Eaton Autoshift transmission. Our drivers can concentrate on where they’re going and not have to worry about the constant gear changing that you do in the city,” he observed.

EPQ’s Kenworth T404SAR works out of the Erskine Park Quarry, a state-of-the-art shale clay operation in Sydney’s western suburbs, delivering raw materials to nearby brickworks and also backfilling excavation sites.

Steven says the T404SAR is well suited to heavy-duty, urban work. “It has everything we’ve come to expect from a Kenworth – high performance, rugged dependability and flexibility. The T404SAR has the power to haul heavy loads and its shorter bonnet and smaller turning circle enable our drivers to handle tight corners and narrow streets,” he said.

The T404SAR is the ideal truck for Quad dog tipper and pocket B Double applications, where high horsepower and length restrictions come together. It features a set-forward front axle for optimum legal carrying capacity under the “bridge-formula” regulations, and a shorter back of cab-to-bumper for maximising payload.

The T404SAR is available with a range of engines, including the Cummins ISX, Caterpillar C-15 or Detroit Series 60 12.7 litre engines, delivering up to 500 hp with 1750 lb/ft of torque. The model is available in four different cab/sleeper configurations.

“Kenworths are solid, reliable work horses. We can push them further and harder than the others and they never let us down,” Steven said. “Kenworths are built tough for demanding applications like ours. They work hard all year long, but when it’s time to upgrade they retain a high resale price.

“They’re also backed by a professional network of dealers. We have been buying Kenworths from Gilbert & Roach Huntingwood for some time – and we’re more than happy with their professional service – in fact, it’s a pleasure doing business with them,” Steven added.

Kenworth trucks are designed and manufactured in Australia to meet the world’s toughest applications. Kenworth, a division of PACCAR Australia, is market leader in heavy duty trucks in Australia. Its trucks are also exported to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. PACCAR Inc, a Six Sigma company, is a worldwide manufacturer of heavy and medium duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt, DAF, Leyland and Foden nameplates. It also provides financial services and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.

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