West Australian commercial landscaping business Van Ryt Industries is among a growing number of trade-based entities to ditch the ute and trailer combination.
It has done so in favour of a light-duty truck like Isuzu’s evergreen NPR 45-155 Tradepack.
Van Ryt Industries is a boutique commercial landscaping operation that according to Managing Director, Ben Van Ryt, evolved from a carpentry business he started in 2005.
“We were always running into shortages because we worked predominantly with timber,” said Van Ryt.
“Back then Perth wasn’t really a timber frame city, mostly brick homes with timber truss rooves. Competition was high and the supply just wasn’t enough.
“Then one day we worked on a commercial landscaping job and we loved it. From that job, we redirected the whole business to where we are today, catering for commercial landscaping.”
At that point Van Ryt realised the equipment needed to be upscaled, so he traded the tired ute-and-trailer set-up on a brand new Isuzu NPR 45-155 Tradepack, featuring a six-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) and a medium wheelbase.
“My old man is a mobile mechanic and knows a lot about trucks,” he said.
“He was raving about Isuzu being a reliable workhorse of the truck market and I take his word as gospel on this kind of stuff.”
Coupled with the genuine bullbar, the aesthetics of the Isuzu truck cemented Van Ryt’s decision to purchase the NPR Tradepack.
“The Isuzu presents as a really neat truck on top of being the workhorse it is,” he said.
As part of Isuzu’s popular pre-bodied Ready-to-Work range, the NPR 45-155 Tradepack features a heavy-duty aluminium tray with galvanised ladder racks, integrated load restraint anchor points, removable drop sides and rear tailgate, a genuine Isuzu bullbar and a 3,500kg rated towbar.
To assist in the likes of moving heavy jarrah timber from the truck to the worksites, Van Ryt has installed a 1.5-tonne crane on the rear corner of the tray.
“We’ve put a generator on the back together with a solar set-up, so now we’re always covered by 240-volt power and the batteries are always charging,” he said.
With Gross Vehicle (GVM) and Gross Combination (GCM) ratings of 4,500kg and 8,000kg respectively, the vehicle can be driven on a car licence while, according to Van Ryt, its 114kW of power at 2,600rpm and 419Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,600rpm provide ample oomph to get the job done.
“The truck has everything you could ask for as an employer or worker,” he said.
“Everything is set up well, and wherever you go, you’re ready to go, get the job done right and make some money.”