Straight into action
From carting fertiliser to being involved in Auckland’s biggest public transport project, Counties Bulk Haulage has broadened its scope considerably since Boyd Young took the reins 18 years ago. Being able to grab opportunities as they arise has been key to growth – an ability aided by “well-priced and ready-to-go” trucks such as the company’s new 6x4 FUSO Enduro FJ2528 Tipper.
Currently helping to service a contract on Auckland’s multibillion-dollar City Rail Link project, among other jobs, the Enduro provided an “ideal solution” for Boyd’s requirements.
“Projects come and go very quickly, especially in Auckland, so to have the Enduro ready for work straight away was a huge bonus,” says Boyd, who was looking for a reliable, no-frills tipper with a 12T payload.
“It’s a good truck at a very reasonable price; it does exactly what we need it to.”
Tasked with navigating Auckland’s CBD, as well as muddy worksites and farmland, the FJ2528 Tipper takes it all in its stride.
“It’s very user-friendly. The nine-speed synchromesh transmission is easy to operate. It has a tight turning circle and the steering lock makes it easy to get in and out of tight spaces around the city,” says Boyd.
“We’re off-road a fair bit, so having cross-locks and diff-locks is also a big plus. It’s got plenty of torque and we don’t need huge power, so the set-up is ideal for what we do.”
Operating around Auckland and Waikato, the company’s fleet of four trucks carries a range of material, including aggregate, lime and fertiliser, and more.
Fitted with super singles, the new Enduro can cart up to 12.5T in its 10m3 Cambridge Welding Services tipper body.
It’s a smaller truck than driver Bruce Watts has been used to for most of his career, but the view from behind the wheel is generally positive.
“The cab is simple and well laid out,” says Bruce. “Overall it’s a good little truck, good value for money and delivers what it needs to for us.”
Just as importantly, it delivers what Counties Bulk Haulage’s expanding list of clients need – dependable, no-hassle service.
“I’ve had FUSO trucks before and always had a good experience,” says Boyd. “I’ve been impressed with the Enduro and the support from [FUSO dealership] Keith Andrews has been excellent. I’d definitely look at another one in the future.”
6x4 Enduro FJ2528 Tipper
Transmission: 9-speed manual