Trucking in 40-Below

It is midwinter in Northwest Canada where temperatures can drop to 40 below making it dangerous to leave any patch of skin uncovered. Yet it is only in midwinter when these gargantuan loads can be shifted as Howard Shanks discovered. At Dacro Industries Ltd in Edmonton, Alberta, it is a little after dark. Half a…

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Custom Western Star 4900

The Gangstar – Custom Western Star 4900 Story and Photography by Howard Shanks For well over a decade and half Western Star’s custom show winning 4900FX’s dominated major Australian truck shows, inspiring dreams and driving sales to an enviable market share. These prestigious rigs were the inspiration of, the marketing head at the time, Pat…

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PBS A-Double review

Double the Reward Maxitrans has delivered four innovative PBS A-double combinations to growing Victorian transport company, Porthaul. A collaborative effort by two of its brands, Freighter and Hamelex White, the combinations maximise payload while their modular design means they can be used for a variety of purposes. Like many companies involved in trucking, Porthaul started…

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Ahead of the Game!

Townsville based Daryn Ward is enjoying more than just the goods looks of his new T409SAR, he’s also enjoying a 7.5-tonne payload increase thanks to Kenworth’s new Electronic Brake Safety System (EBSS) as Howard Shanks discovered. The thumping of the massive jaw crusher at the Townsville quarry was muffled by the flurry of wheel loaders…

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