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New Scania 560 R-Series Super gives Herb Blanchard Haulage ‘peace of mind’

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New South Wales-based transport business Herb Blanchard Haulage has recently taken delivery of a new 560 R-Series Super prime mover, featuring the CR23 extended cab to expand its fleet.

Herb Blanchard’s three sons, Michael, Robert, and Christopher along with daughter Donna and brother-in-law Greg run the haulage firm, and Robert says they’re big fans of the European trucks.

“Our core business is transporting light poles, which can range in length from 6 to 26 m, carried on flat-tops and/or extendable trailers,” he says.

“We cart from the light pole manufacturers’ depots located in the Clarence Valley to the energy companies’ depots, and as far as possible try to ensure we have a full load for the return, usually bricks, timber or other palletised or packed and wrapped materials.

“We have been in business long enough to have figured out what works for us, both in terms of efficiency, productivity and how to keep our drivers happy, and we are expecting good fuel performance from the new 560 hp six-cylinder 13-litre engine in the new prime mover.

“We like European trucks. Their quality, safety, technology and comfort give us peace-of-mind, and our drivers like them, too. We have a general rule that drivers won’t be behind the wheel past midnight, mainly because the freight is not time sensitive, and we want to keep our drivers safe.”

The new Scania model. (Image: Scania Australia/Supplied)

Roberts says the technology and safety offerings included in the new Super prime mover work well alongside the fleet technology that Herb Blanchard Haulage is currently using.

“Lately, we have transitioned to electronic work diaries, and use fleet monitoring, as well as onboard cameras, but only to have a record in the event of an incident. The Optix forward-and driver-facing cameras use AI to alert us if a driver has forgotten his seatbelt or is holding a phone to his ear,” he says.

“The Scanias go to Mid-Coast Trucks for major servicing but do intermediate service at our own workshop. Mid-Coast has been very accommodating and we have a good relationship with them. They’re only an hour away so quite convenient.

“It is important today to keep costs to a minimum, but we don’t simply buy the cheapest of anything. We look for good quality and value. Cheapest is not always best.

“We reckon if you can get at least two of service, quality and price in the equation, you’ve done well. Tyres are a good example. If you can get 240,000 km from a set of drive tyres, they’ll be more cost-effective in the long run than a cheaper set that only gives you 140,000 km, not to mention the reduced downtime changing them over more often.”

The prime mover at work. (Image: Scania Australia/Supplied)

Butch Quin, Scania NSW New Truck Account Manager thanks Blanchards for their continued business.

“Professionally run transport businesses such as Blanchards, which has an excellent reputation and operates quality gear are exactly the type of customers we like to trade with,” he says.

“Blanchards has been buying Scanias for around 15 years and they really look after their trucks.

“I’m really pleased that we can add another new Scania to their fleet, especially as it is a new SUPER with the high output 560 hp inline six engine.

“This configuration has already proven itself to be exceptionally efficient in Australian operating conditions for many customers, and I am confident that this truck, painted at the factory in Blanchard’s iconic light blue with royal blue chassis, will be a perfect fit for the fleet.

“We have supplied the CR23 long cab which will give the driver plenty of space inside to stretch out on the ultra-wide and comfortable pocket spring mattress. And the high torque engine and fast, smooth-shifting gearbox will make light work of his loads.”

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