Truckie Profiles

Swapping the old for the new

“I’ve been on the road pretty well all my life, trucks, excavators and so on, and I’ve never, other than those odd occasions we all have, regretted taking it up for a living,” said Ron Hillier, who will soon be taking the wheel of a brand new rig.

Based in the Tassie town of Westbury, Hillier had just pulled up in a DeBruyn’s 2013 Mack Granite with an MP8 535 up front. He was towing a tautliner and on his return trip from Hobart to Launceston.

“The Mack is being replaced in the New Year with a new FMX Volvo, and whilst it has been a good rugged hard-working truck, I would have to say I am looking forward to the added comfort in the big European.

“I’ve been here with DeBruyn’s now for a good 14 years and they are a genuinely great Tasmanian outfit, and they really look after you, as long as you do the right thing, and that’s fair.

“You get a lot of variety here too, and they are an interesting company as they have various specialised divisions now, and they always seem to have plenty of work and keep us busy.

When we asked Hillier how he spent his time off, he said he likes to spend time with the family whenever he can, but when he finds a bit of extra time, he also likes to go up to the Lakes and try some trout fishing.


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