Founded in 1861, Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited (BSA) was the UK’s leading industrial conglomerate for manufacturing military and sports firearms, bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles, buses, bodies and more.
About 143 years later, on the other side of the world, Brian and Sharon Anderson founded a company called BSA Transport. The company’s name remains, but the overall similarities end there.
The couple began following a plan to provide first-class crane truck services to customers in southeastern Queensland and were soon forced to abandon them so that they would be very memorable.
“In 2004 I just quit my job at a major taxi truck company and decided to buy a crane truck so I could retire halfway,” says Brian. “The plan lasted about three seconds, and 36 trucks are here today.”
Brian was flooded with demands for their service as rumors spread about the great service the company offered, forcing a couple to expand it to meet demand, so a couple on one truck. He says he quickly found it impossible to continue his business.
“We have had very strong relationships with several companies over the years, and they have supported us and formed the core of our business,” Brian said. increase.
One such company is a steel and roof manufacturer that BSA Transport has been servicing since 2008 and is currently busy with 10-14 of the company’s trucks every day.
One of these is the DAFCF single drive prime mover, which BSA bought back in 2011 and is providing sterling services to both companies.
Brian explains that the truck was living an unusual life.
A few years later as a prime mover at the request of customers, it became a 14-pallet rigid curtain cider with a longer chassis and a lazy axle.
“A few years later, they decided they needed a prime mover again, so they removed the body and lazy axle and shortened the chassis. This again became a single-drive prime mover, towing an 18-pallet tandem axle semi-trailer. Brian adds that the truck is now over 700,000 km and is still in a strong position.
The company’s policy is to store trucks for about 10 or 11 years. In short, this prime mover may soon retire.
Brian talks about the excellent reliability of the truck, which is consistent with the outstanding service that BSA received from Yatara dealers Brown and Harley. Conveniently located just a 20-minute drive from Kingston’s company warehouse.
“We need reliability and backup. As far as I’m concerned, Brown, Harley and DAF have put big scales on both of these boxes,” he says. “This service is second to none.” Brian said that “old woman” (his favorite reference to his first DAF) had some minor problems, but the problems were Brown and Harley. Explain that he was dispatched quickly by a skilled team.
“In the last eight to nine years, I’ve only been off the road for a day or two,” he asserts. “In fact, they have no problems. They are reliable, comfortable and our drivers love them.”
The second DAF Brian I bought was a 510hp CF85 8×4 rigid with a 9 meter tray and a rear mounted HMF 32 tonnes crane.
This versatile unit is set to tow a 3-axis pig trailer and carries a lot of concrete pipes.
Meanwhile, Fleet’s latest DAF is the 6×2 LF290 with a 9-meter tray and a liftable “pusher” axle, making Brian ideal for providing rebar mesh for concrete slabs at domestic construction sites. It states that it is a target.
This LF is Euro 6 compliant, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Protective Cab Suspension and construction; driver airbag and two seatbelt pretensioners, reverse warning and engine immobilizer system.
The steer axle features a parabolic leaf suspension with shock absorbers and stabilizer bars, with a maximum load capacity of 7.5 tonnes.
The wheelbase measured between the Steer and Welleller pusher axles is 6.9m, and the 4.1: 1 drive axle rides on an air suspension with a maximum load capacity of 20t.
The brakes are EBS-controlled ventilated discs on all axles, and polished alloy bullbars complete the photo. Powered by a 6.7-liter 6-cylinder diesel engine, it produces 217kW (295 hp) at 2,300 rpm and a peak torque of 1,100 Nm (811 lb / ft) at 1,000-1,700 rpm.
It is supplied to the ZF AS Tronic 12-speed transmission with a ratio of 10.37: 1 1st gear to 0.81: 1 overdrive top.
Other standard features include an exhaust brake, a 430 liter aluminum fuel tank, spray suppression, front underlamp protection (FUP), a 50 liter AdBlue tank, and LED rear lights.
According to Brian, the LF pusher lift axle is far superior to the tag axle in that it doesn’t get caught on uneven ground, and long wheelbases don’t hurt the circle of rotation, he says. ..
“To deliver to a new housing complex and turn around in a dense dead end, you need a very mobile truck. LF certainly won’t be disappointed in this regard,” says Brian.
“In my experience, DAF turning circles are better than Japanese brand turning circles.”
Brian also appreciates DAF’s ZF 12-speed automatic manual transmission (AMT) and states that it shifts more smoothly and intelligently than some Japanese truck torque converter automatic transmissions.
“We spend a lot of time training our drivers so they can operate their gear the way they need it, and we have our own service so that we can monitor how the truck is driving. We will provide it, “says Brian. “For example, if we detect excessive clutch wear, we warn the driver and take corrective action.”
For the future, Brian says a fourth DAF truck will join the fleet next year as part of a standard replacement policy of trucks spinning every 10-11 years and watches reaching about 750,000 km. .. His semi-retirement plan didn’t go exactly as planned, but Brian says the couple’s son and daughter are now fully involved in running the business. This means more time to visit customers and drive one of the trucks as needed.
Brian goes a step further and says he and Sharon are looking forward to traveling to different parts of Australia with bespoke RAM trucks and caravans.
“I think we’ll be ready to see more of what this wonderful country offers within a few years, as the kids basically run the show,” he says. With DAF’s reliability and reliability, and the first-class service of Brown and Hurley, DAF doesn’t have to worry about anything.
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