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DAF- Spackys Super Sucker

Sommer Denning - Friday, April 06, 2018


Almost a decade ago, Todd Spackman embarked on a career specialising in the servicing of septic waste systems. His repair and care operation employs a new DAF LF series ‘vacuum truck’ to clean up the mixture of sludge and slurries.

Todd Spackman is a salt-of-the-earth, 40-something family guy who often laughs off his occupation of pumping sewerage from septic tanks. On the back of his vacuum tank, a cartoon depicts Yosemite Sam with his guns drawn and the caption: “Back her up, I ain’t hauling milk!”

Spacky’s Septic Service, based in the township of Harden, New South Wales, began in 2011 when Todd discovered a local septic service business for sale.

Like many rural Australian towns, there’s frequently little choice when it comes to eking out a living. However, over the course of Todd’s life, he’s been a carpenter, an excavator operator, a signalman on the railways, a truckie, and a workman laying concrete sleepers to upgrade train lines.

These jobs kept Todd away from the family for long stretches. Determined to spend more time with his wife Jodi and their three children, Todd packed up his working life as a contractor, moved back home to Harden, and ‘went out on a limb’ to collect, transport, and dispose of sewerage.

As Todd unashamedly reminds us, “You can’t have a weak nose in this business.”

Today, Todd plays a key role servicing septic systems, covering a 100km regional radius around Harden. His complex occupation involves tank cleaning, removing waste for councils, ridding of grease traps, fixing sewer chokes before spillages occur, re-strapping business blocks and portable ablutions, and pumping tanks on semi-rural properties amongst the outskirts of towns.

He accomplishes all this with the means of his LF280 DAF, purchased mid-2017 from Inland Truck Centres at Wagga Wagga.

He bought the truck prior to celebrating his 50th birthday, thinking that he would like to spend the next chapter of his working life in comfort. “Like me, my previous truck was getting a bit old and rough around the edges,” he laughs.

As well as being comfortable, the LF truck proved to be a vehicle with generous fuel economy and one that could handle the trappings around septic tanks, giving Todd the capability to integrate his application requirements with other body builders.

“We built this truck to incorporate the vacuum tank, which was manufactured by Vorstrom in Warrick, Queensland,” Todd explains. “They previously fitted these tanks on DAF trucks with great results, which got me looking into the nitty-gritty of this combination which had already been proven. The unit is top gear – it’s smooth and very adaptive.”

“The LF sleeper is bigger than what I’ve been used to in terms of cab size but it’s user-friendly, easy to keep clean, and very quiet. It was more about fuel savings and manoeuvrability of the cabover which were big selling features for me. A lot of my work involves tight spaces around yards and because septic tanks are usually constructed to be hidden, I found myself in some tricky situations until I got the DAF.”

The heavy-duty chassis was shortened from the standard 6.25 metre length to a wheelbase of 4.5 metres to incorporate Todd’s 4-metre vacuum tank, which can carry up to 8,000 litres (2-3 septic tanks per load).

The single axle design is rated at GVM 18 tonnes and as Todd points out, he made the decision to purchase a heavier truck based on safer work methods and variable road restrictions.

“With the tank I chose I ended up purchasing the bigger truck to give me a bit more wriggle room, and it’s been real steady. I needed something with a bit more capacity because the RTA regulations for this axle configuration limits me to 15 ½ tonnes in New South Wales, where in Queensland and Victoria I can carry up to 16 ½ tonnes.”

Underneath the LF cabover, the 280Hp/210Kw engine works effortlessly through the undulating countryside where Todd does the majority of his driving.

“It’s well powered and lovely to drive when it comes to handling on bitumen, and when I’m out in paddocks, the traction control kicks in nicely.”

The PACCAR GR 6 cylinder, turbo intercooled, 6.7 litre engine works effortlessly (when it’s just off idle) in order to power the independent hydraulic motor, which drives the high-pressure pump designed to thrust and suck the waste collections in a range of situations.

“It’s more power than I have ever had or needed and it handles everything, no worries at all,” he declares.

Todd plans to also purchase a single axle dog trailer, as he is determined to expand his service and get more use from the LF280 18T.

“I’m no plumber but with 280Hp I can also cart around the excavator and do earth works for plumbers, and that allows me to offer more of a complete package with my septic installations,” he proudly states.

Todd services the rig at Inland Truck Centres, located in Wagga Wagga every 25,000kms. Between oil changes and extended service periods, Todd says the DAF has been a real cost saver.

“Even with 280Hp, it’s cheap to run. The crew at Wagga have been great to deal with. They take care of everything for me and they’re a real friendly group – it’s a very personalised and quality service.”

Over the last decade PACCAR has built relationships with customers like Todd based on reliable back-up and servicing. At the point of sale, a big advantage for Todd was the PACCAR nationwide parts network.

“A while ago, I broke the Perspex sun visor when I clipped an eagle. It was only a matter of a day or two and PACCAR got the part in for me. I’m located between Orange and Wagga Wagga so it’s is a real bonus to have that network behind my business.”

Despite not being the most desirable of vocations, Todd has stuck with his profession for over seven years to create a viable business. Nowadays, he gets to spend more time with his family and he even drives the DAF down to the river to make use of the sleeper cab when he goes fishing overnight.

“I’ve got the flashiest crap carter in town,” he chuckles. “In all seriousness though, it lets me be who I am, and gives me the lifestyle I want to have.”


DAF - International Truck of the Year 2018

Sommer Denning - Wednesday, April 04, 2018


DAF’s New CF and XF Named Joint International Truck of the Year 2018 Winner

DAF’s New CF and XF ranges have been jointly crowned International Truck of the Year 2018 at the Solutrans Commercial Vehicle Show in Lyon, France.

With a winning score of 104 votes, the trucks beat the Iveco Stralis NP 460 (96 votes) and the Scania XT (59 votes) into second and third places.

The jury of 23 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists from across Europe praised the trucks’ improved drivelines, which feature optimised MX-11 and MX-13 engines, the latest ZF TraXon 12-speed automated gearbox and new DAF rear axles.

These together deliver improved driveability, greater fuel efficiency and seamless gear-changing characteristics.

Numerous energy-efficient features include improved combustion, engine down-speeding, intelligent auxiliaries, driveline component integration, enhanced predictive features and weight reductions.

“There’s certainly a lot more to this truck than a new sun visor and grille,” said CM editor and UK jury member Will Shiers.

The Iveco Daily Blue Power was named International Van of the Year 2018, with the manufacturer praised for producing a range of highly sustainable light commercials with a choice of powertrains that reduce operators’ environmental impact.

The range, which includes electric, CNG and Euro-6 Real Driving Emissions options, scored 113 votes, with the new Ford Transit Custom coming in second place with 79 votes.

The other podium place went to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ latest gas-powered Caddy TGI model.

“The Daily Blue Power range puts together the main and viable solutions to reduce the environmental impact of LCVs in urban and suburban operations,” said one of the judges.

In the final category, the Volkswagen Amarok V6 took the International Pick-up Award 2018.

“Jury members adjudged the Amarok V6 to be the best all-rounder in a very close-run competition.

It scored 56 points with its new German rival, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class achieving 50 marks, and the current Toyota Hilux not too far behind on 41 points,” said Jarlath Sweeney, chairman of the International Pick-up jury.



Paccar Delaer of the Month - March 2018

Sommer Denning - Thursday, March 29, 2018

Inland Truck Centres Wagga Wagga has been named the Paccar Dealer of the Month for March 2018!

Congratulations to all of the team at Wagga.

Click the photo below for the full story! 




Legend 900 Kenworth’s most successful heritage model to date

Bianca De Marco - Monday, July 17, 2017

Kenworth’s special edition ‘Legend 900’ model, which premiered at the Brisbane Truck Show in May, has been sold more than 250 times during a one-day sale event last week.

Combining modern technology with limited edition features and a uniquely Kenworth heritage feel, the Legend 900 is the second historic tribute model after the Legend 950, which was released in 2015.

It is inspired by the T900 Kenworth introduced in 1991, which in turn referenced the brand’s legendary W-model.

“Built to revive the character of the American-style long bonneted truck, the T900 showcased its own elegance and class and all that was attractive in the much-sought-after W-model,” Kenworth reminisced when unveiling the replica version.

Building on that ‘dual’ legacy, the Legend 900 turned out to be a veritable crowd magnet in Brisbane. Boasting the traditional split windscreen, side-mounted exhausts with a wraparound cover and the original flat dash layout – as well as all the traditional Kenworth, Cummins and Eaton Fuller badges – Kenworth said the ‘pull’ of the Legend 900 directly translated into sales a month later.

While the Legend 950 model was limited to 75 units, however, the Legend 900 went to market with a different strategy – it was sold for one day only on Monday, 26 June, with no limit to overall volume.

According to Kenworth, sales came in in a steady stream, with some customers requesting specific production numbers to suit special occasions in their companies’ history. The result is a one-off 250+ production run, making the Legend 900 the company’s most successful replica model to date.

“The common thread carried through the Legend Series models is the compelling combination of the latest technology for safer, cleaner and more productive operation, with iconic design features that help many enduring memories live on,” explained Brad May, Director Sales and Marketing at PACCAR Australia.

“Not only does the Legend 900 symbolise the Kenworth spirit, it celebrates the long history of manufacturing in Australia and some of the legends that have been along for the ride.”

May also revealed that the first Legend 900 has been named “Steady” in honour of Allan “Steady” Stead, one of Kenworth’s longest-serving employees who dedicated his working life to improving the product for customers all around Australia.


Limited Edition LEGEND 900

Bianca De Marco - Friday, June 09, 2017


To help secure your limited edition LEGEND 900 contact our sales team.


Modelled on the legendary W-model and introduced in 1991, the T900 with its classic look and style was designed with the versatility to operate in almost any application and tough enough to stand up to the harsh Australian conditions.  Built to revive the character of the American-style long bonneted truck, theT900 though not the spitting image of its much loved predecessor the W900AR, showcased its own elegance and class and all that was attractive in the much sought after W-model. Although it has been many years since production, the T900 has never faded and is reborn with the release of the Legend 900.


DAF launches new lift-up axle model at Brisbane Truck Show

Bianca De Marco - Wednesday, June 07, 2017

PACCAR Australia has used the Brisbane Truck Show to give industry a sneak peek at the new DAF FAP LF 280 model, touted for release later in 2017.

Showcased alongside the newly launched 510hp version of the DAF CF85, the new LF variant comes with a lift-up axle to ensure it can handle heavier loads while still providing fuel and tyre wear benefits when running with lesser loads. The ‘pusher’ design is said to be especially useful when negotiating uneven surfaces, such as spoon drains.

Also on the technology front, the 280HP PACCAR engine is backed by a ZF nine-speed manual transmission. The LF also has a comprehensive suite of braking and stability controls on board, including EBS, ABS and ASR.

With its modern European styling and “optimal manoeuvrability”, PACCAR Australia said the new model was ideal for regional and city distribution work.

The unit’s low chassis weight is meant to provide additional payloads, while DAF also placed value on easy cab access and car-like driving characteristics in a move to align the LF 280 with the current e-commerce and parcel delivery boom.


Kenworth T610 recognised by Good Design Australia

Bianca De Marco - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The aerodynamic design of Kenworth’s new T610 and T601SAR models has been recognised by Good Design Australia, the organisation behind Australia's annual Good Design Awards program.

According to PACCAR Australia, the T610 received a ‘Good Design Selection’, with the judging committee stating, “The Jury takes their hat off to the design and engineering team.
This is design excellence at its best.”

According to Good Design Australia, involving customers in the design phase has resulted in a user-focused outcome.

“The driving position in the Aero is just beautiful and it is clear the designers put driver comfort first. Overall, this project exemplifies good design at all levels.”


PACCAR to showcase three new truck models in Brisbane

Bianca De Marco - Friday, May 19, 2017

PACCAR Australia will showcase three new truck models at the upcoming Brisbane Truck Show, including a new variant of the DAF CF85, an all-new DAF medium-duty model, and the newly developed Kenworth T610.

According to PACCAR Australia’s Director Sales and Marketing, Brad May, the Queensland event will mark the official launch of the PACCAR MX-13-equipped DAF CF85 after teasing the upgrade at the end of 2016.

“DAF has a well-earned reputation for building quality trucks that deliver excellent efficiency, reliability and durability as well as a high degree of comfort, safety and drivability,” May explained.

“And, versatility can be added, with the CF85 now offering 510hp. With two CF85s on display, one in prime mover and the other in rigid configuration, patrons can see first-hand the breadth of the DAF range.”

Also on display for the first time will be the DAF FAP LF 280, a medium-duty model for city and regional distribution. Sporting a ‘lift-up axle’, it has reportedly been designed to suit heavier loads while also providing fuel and tyre wear benefits when running with lesser loads.

According to May, the two new models are expected to demonstrate the DAF brand’s true strength in the Australian marketplace.

PACCAR’s Kenworth brand, meanwhile, will focus on the new T610 model, and the respective T610SAR version.

“The T610 is Kenworth’s most innovative, durable and productive truck yet, designed and manufactured in Australia for local conditions and applications. The result of more than 100,000 Australian design hours and more than ten million kilometres of testing and validation, [it marks] the single largest investment in product development PACCAR Australia has ever made,” May said – indicating that the response to the new model so far has been “overwhelming”.

“Since launching the product officially in December last year…more than 4,000 people have experienced the T610, and the Brisbane Truck Show will give even more the opportunity to get up close.”


PACCAR Parts reveals ‘Virtual Reality’ display at QLD trade show

Bianca De Marco - Thursday, May 18, 2017

PACCAR Parts Australia has confirmed its extensive product range will be on display, as part of a special presentation at next week’s Brisbane Truck Show.

The official distributor of Kenworth, DAF, PACCAR Genuine, TRP and multiple vendor brand parts, will be presenting its first fully immersive TRP store “Virtual Experience” that uses the latest in 360 Video technology at the PACCAR World stand.

According to PACCAR Parts, the virtual reality experience will provide visitors the opportunity to feel as though they are actually inside a TRP store.

“This year, as part of the Brisbane Truck Shows 50th anniversary, we are proud to be offering an outside the square experience for show goers,” said Anthony Kwan, Marketing Manager, PACCAR Parts Australia.

“The virtual reality experience is only a small taste of what’s to come as we move into incorporating more digital solutions to keep us the brand of choice for trucks and trailer parts.”

In addition, the company will also offer giveaways to visitors that sign up to the Kenworth 2nd Owners Program and the PACCAR Parts Privilege Program at the show.


Tegra Australia

Bianca De Marco - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Four years after one of the most severe and destructive floods in local history ripped through Craig Sargent’s business, he is back bigger than ever.

Not even the most severe natural disasters – two major flooding events in fact – can dampen Craig Sargent’s enthusiasm and love for the country which has thrown everything at him and tested his mettle.

Tegra Australia is a local family business success story based in Young, NSW, which has written many chapters in the past 52 years since it first started as a one-truck operation.

None more so than the Murrumbidgee flooding events of 2010 and 2012 which left a trail of muddied mess through the valley and came within millimetres of breaching the levee bank at Wagga Wagga for the first time ever.

“We had $2 million worth of plant and equipment just wash down the river in 2012,” Craig explained.

“It hit us hard … and while we knew things would recover it does take time to come back from something like that”.

“We were ready for the 2010 floods … but nobody expected what happened in 2012. It came so fast … there was no time.”

Tegra Australia operates cement/concrete plants and quarries across many centres in the Riverina and South West Slopes.

The quarries at Gundagai and Jugiong were hit in the floods and virtually needed a complete rebuild.

Craig was speaking at Inland Truck Centres in Wagga recently where he took delivery of a gleaming new K200 – the 11th Kenworth in a fleet of more than 40 trucks.

“After the floods we just had to tread water for a while, so to speak,” Craig said.

“We knew there’d be a recovery period and that would take time … but now we’re back on track and getting this truck today is a fairly defining moment in the future direction for us.”

Tegra is now running PBS quad dogs into Sydney behind Kenworth T409s.

Tegra picked up a niche market in round river pebble supply following the closure of a large quarry at Emu Plains.

Craig’s vision is simple.

“I want to run the most efficient trucks I can,” he said.

Nobody has a greater passion for Australia than Craig – he openly admits to that.

All of the Tegra trucks and trailers carry the Aussie flag and are easily identifiable along major highways and backroads.

“I was in America many years ago and saw how patriotic the drivers were over there … nearly all of them had an American flag on their shirt sleeve,” Craig said.

“I thought that was just fantastic and decided I’d put our flag on all of our trucks … there should be more of that, but I think over the years Australians have become a lot more patriotic. I think we like to fly the flag a lot more than we used to”.

“It’s a great country we live in … it’s important to recognise that and this (flag on trucks) is one way I can show my support.”

 Craig recently toured the Kenworth manufacturing plant in Melbourne and was overawed by the size and production taking place at the top-class facility.

“It’s sad to see Australia lose car manufacturing plants but then you go down and see what Kenworth is doing”.

“They’ve got it right … they’re standing on their own two feet and giving the Australian transport industry a product second to none”.

“It’s very impressive … they are customer focused with their ability to build trucks to the specs each customer wants”.

“They’ve certainly got that right.”

In fact, it was Kenworth’s ability to spec a truck specifically for Tegra’s needs, 10 years ago, which set Craig on the path to growing a Kenworth fleet.

“They gave me exactly what I needed,” Craig said.

“The T409 combined with our quad dogs, for example. They can get that much horsepower with a stronger driveline, and that payload in a smaller truck – it’s the perfect ‘little big truck’.”

Craig’s parents John and Barb were at Inland Truck Centres in Wagga for the hand-over of the new K200. His younger brother Darren, who is also part of the business, stayed behind to work on-site but was getting regular photo updates from Barb.

John recalled how he started a one-truck show 52 years ago while Barb, a school teacher, worked to support the family while the carting business slowly grew.

John said he sold the family car – an FB Holden ute – back in 1964 so he had a deposit for his first truck. That left Barb to walk everywhere with Craig in the pram … and soon after John purchased a Mini to get the family mobile again.

These days Tegra Australia – the result of a merger of the Sargent’s two businesses Tegra Quarries and Vision Concrete – employs 85 people across the entire operation.

Tegra operates concrete plants at Young Cootamundra, Gundagai, Tumut, Harden, Boorowa, Yass and Braidwood, and also has two mobile plants. The quarries are based at Gundagai, Jugiong and Braidwood.

Craig and Laura Sargent’s two sons, Tom, 14, and Josh, 11, have found themselves a weekend sport which takes the family to many major cities across Australia to compete.

Tom is making a name for himself in go-kart racing and Josh shows similar potential in the younger age groups.

“It’s a bit of fun for the boys and a chance for us to get away from time to time,” Craig said.

Life in the fast-lane has never been so rewarding … and Kenworth has been there for much of the journey.