Working in a variety of agricultural roles including grain and livestock haulage, Sirrah Farming has settled on Kenworth’s versatile T659 as the ideal prime mover for its operations.
The latest unit, purchased from Brown and Hurley Toowoomba, is the third T659 the company has bought, replacing a similar four-year-old unit that was traded in. The other T659 was bought last year.
According to Sirrah Farming Managing Director, Daniel Harris, the T659 ticks all the boxes for his operation.
“It suits our work – the sloping bonnet gives the drivers really good visibility, which is important when negotiating farm tracks and cattle yards,” said Harris.
“It’s a tough truck which is what we need due to the nature of the roads and tracks we travel on everyday, and the drivers really like driving them.”
The new T659 is powered by a 550hp Cummins X15 coupled with an Eaton 18-speed manual transmission feeding into a Meritor RPL sealed driveline and Meritor diffs with a ratio of 4.3:1. The steer axle is also a Meritor item rated at 7.3 tonnes.
It has a 113-tonne Gross Combination Mass rating enabling it to pull triple-trailer roadtrains. A bullbar manufactured by Mr Bullbar at Wagga Wagga completes the package.
Comfort features for the driver abound including a 50” sleeper cooled by an Icepack air conditioner along with an inverter that enables the use of various appliances including a microwave oven and TV.
There is also a remote control for the tipper hydraulics which enables the driver to stand back at a safe and comfortable distance while tipping.
Keeping the drivers happy and ensuring maximum uptime are key reasons why Sirrah Farming has decided to change its trucks over every four years. According to Harris, the durability and high resale value of the Kenworth products makes this a worthwhile exercise.
“Keeping the gear newer means you have warranty for more of the time and you don’t get to the point where higher maintenance and repairs start to eat into your profits,” said Harris. “Even though there was nothing wrong with the one we traded in, having the new unit gives us peace of mind and ensures we’re on the road all the time.”
Harris said the 50,000km engine oil drain interval along with the sealed-for-life Meritor RPL driveline, JOST greaseless fifth wheel and an Alemlube auto greasing system means the truck only comes off the road once every three months for an oil change, with the service taking just a few hours.
“All these features make the trucks basically maintenance-free and the guys at Brown and Hurley Toowoomba are terrific,” said Harris. “They service the trucks on Saturday mornings which means we have virtually zero downtime in terms of servicing.
“It’s such a positive change from earlier times when you would be servicing the trucks every weekend,” he said.
Another time saving feature on the new T659 is painted fuel tanks which Harris said he was keen to try out because he’s a bit over polishing tanks.