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Scania delivers first truck to Boyle’s Livestock Transport

The Victorian-based operator has turned to Scania for the latest addition to its fleet

Heavy vehicle manufacturer Scania has announced that it has delivered its first truck to family-owned operator Boyle’s Livestock Transport. 

Scania says the R 660 V8 cabover will run at 68.5 tonnes as a B-double and pull fodder to and from farms and feedlots across Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. 

“I have been impressed with the Scania product and the service they provide, and my father ran Scania’s many years ago and I admired them,” Boyle’s Livestock Transport owner Joel Haberfield says. 

“We had a Scania 770 hp V8 demonstrator on loan and my driver loved it so much that we decided to give a 660 V8 a go on the fleet.  

“European trucks seem to handle our rough roads well, and this truck will be covering around 220,000km annually.” 

Haberfield says the trial driver, Stewart McKane, appreciated the space and the bigger bunk of the truck. 

“Fuel efficiency is also important as it’s at least 30 per cent of our costs. We reckon this Scania will do the job for us,” Haberfield says. 

McKane says he was also impressed with the power and torque of the V8 engine, the engine’s fuel efficiency and its gear changing. 

“Visibility out the front and side is excellent and is particularly handy for exiting farm gates, especially if there’s a lot of foliage, and at night the LED lighting is sensational,” McKane says. 

“The cab is very comfortable and I am hopping out at the end of the day feeling very fresh. The bunk is great, and I get seven hours of sleep no problem. 

“This truck is fully loaded with features and I like the way it is finished inside too.” 

Boyle’s Livestock Transport was established in 1957 and has been a family-run business since. Scania says that Haberfield started in the business by washing its trucks 20 years ago at the age of 14. 

“Most of our work is livestock transport from all over Australia,” Haberfield says.  

“The livestock industry is good at present and getting better, especially with improving animal welfare stands.” 

Scania Western Victoria new truck account manager Craig Shipcott says the truck will be perfectly suited to Boyle’s long runs.  

“Pulling 68.5-tonnes will show off the high torque output and give the driver an easy run, even when he’s up on his weights,” Shipcott says. 

“The smooth ride, the accurate and fatigue-free steering and the fuel economy will deliver benefits to the driver and company.” 

 

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