Kenworth`s T404S Proves `Size Does Matter`

When you`re in the business of large loads and long hauls, choosing a short-bonneted truck that delivers high horsepower and maximises payload capacity can make all the difference to your bottom line.

That`s the view of Geoff Richards, Managing Director of Geoff Richards Refrigerated Transport. Over 28 years he has worked with a number of brands, but keeps coming back to Kenworth trucks for their performance, durability and reliability.

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Based in Brisbane, with depots in Bowen and Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands, the company transports overnight express freight from Brisbane to Cairns. It also hauls fresh fruit and vegetables from north Queensland to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. His Kenworths travel an average of 250,000 to 300,000 km a year.

Geoff has just added five T404S models to his stable of 34 Kenworths. Each is configured with a Detroit Series 60, 12.7 litre engine, delivering up to 500 hp with 1650 lb/ft of torque. These short-bonneted vehicles are configured with 48-foot refrigerated, single trailers, which can carry 24 pallets ?two pallets more than the standard 45-foot trailers on regular trucks.

Geoff says this represents a real boon, both in productivity and profitability for his company.

?Those extra two pallets really add up over a year. They`re worth more than $20,000 a year in extra business to me,? he said. ?But that`s not the only benefit to working with the T404S. It is a tough, light truck with plenty of punch, so it can handle larger loads. It`s also comfortable to drive, responsive and reliable.

The T404S features a number of design innovations and improvements to one of Kenworth`s most popular selling trucks, the T404. It combines a light tare weight with high-performance, fuel-efficient engines and a short bumper-to-back-of-cab, so that it can handle a variety of single and B-Double applications that are normally reserved for bigger trucks.

It also offers a number of driver safety and comfort appointments, such as a one-piece curved windscreen and Daylite doors for improved visibility, and an ergonomically-designed dashboard, which is curved to allow the driver easier access to all switches and radios without having to stretch or reach unduly.

The T404S is available with a range of engines, including the Detroit Series 60, Cummins ISX and Caterpillar C-15. The model is available in four different configurations. The bumper-to-back-of cab specifications include Day Cab ? 2840 mm; IT (28?) ? 3430 mm; 36` Flat Roof ? 3700 mm; and Aero 36? ? 3700 mm.

Geoff says that the hallmark of all Kenworths, including the T404S, can be summed up in one word ? reliability.
?I buy Kenworths for a number of reasons, but it all boils down to one thing ? they get the job done.

?All of our work is time-sensitive. We cannot afford to be off the road with repairs. We need reliable, tough trucks that can handle long hauls and bad roads ? and there`s plenty of both throughout North Queensland and the southern states,? Geoff explained.

He says another advantage of working with Kenworth is its dealer network. ?We have bought all of our Kenworths from Brown & Hurley. It`s a great dealer group ? a family-run business, just like ours ? so we know they`ll treat us right and still be around tomorrow,? he said.

?Brown & Hurley give us great service, with their range of outlets along the east coast, and they also offer us expert advice on the best transport solutions for our needs,? he said.