Hook truck built for kids

By: Tamara Whitsed, Video by: Eamonn Cummins


Melbourne’s Eamonn Cummins believes innovative design is the key to allowing children to safely experience the world of trucks.

 

If you work in Melbourne’s western suburbs, you might see T7 Plant Hire’s hook truck moving bins or delivering dry hire machines.

But T7 Plan Hire owner Eamonn Cummins says his unique Scania is destined for greater things. It has been built to provide a safe, interactive experience for children. And later this year it will be available for children’s birthday parties.

Eamonn has named the Scania ‘Hieronymus’ – or Harry the Hook for short.

Harry the Hook will soon be available for children’s birthday parties. Watching the hook lift in action is part of the fun.

The truck was originally a Canberra-based 1994 Scania 93M 250 fire brigade crew cab. It rolled into Eamonn’s T7 Plant Hire workshop at Altona late in 2016.

Eamonn is a diesel mechanic and he hired fabricator Lee Ramstein from Complete Fleet Solutions for the rebuild. They found a suitable donor truck and over the next 12 months transformed the automatic 4x2 9-litre 250hp Scania into a 14-speed manual 8x4 11-litre 380hp truck with a multi-purpose Hiab Multilift.

You can watch Eamonn’s short time-lapse video of the mammoth project above.

Harry the Hook was previously used to transport fire fighters to Canberra fires.

The truck’s interactive interior really sets Harry the Hook apart. Eamonn has installed back windows "so the children can now look out the back windows and see the whole process of the truck picking up the bin".

A red box inside the cab has large gauges – "the biggest we could get" – so children can watch changes to the hydraulic pressure and air pressure.

"Our next project is going to be a disability-friendly big rig." And he wants to create a "real-life functioning digger" in a giant sandpit.

Ultimately Eamonn would like to complete enough projects to establish a whole theme park full of interactive machines designed to give children a safe, educational and inspiring experience and encourage them to consider careers in trades.

At the moment Eamonn’s priority is to make Harry the Hook available for birthday parties, hopefully later this year. Visit www.t7planthire.com.au/services/t7-kids for more information about Harry the Hook.

Giant gauges on the big red box allow back-seat passengers to monitor the hydraulic and air pressure.

Read our full story in the June issue of Owner//Driver, available from June 11.

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