Truckie Profiles

The right decision for this Tassie truckie


From driving tractors and farm machinery, Luke Williams soon progressed onto something much bigger – and after three years as a truckie, he says he couldn’t be happier.

Passing through Epping Forest in Tassie, my eye was instantly taken by an outstanding 2015 Western Star. Though I’ve seen it around often, it’s the first time I’ve caught up with the man that steers it.

The Western Star Constellation is powered by a 550 ISX E5. “I am on my return leg from Scottsdale homewards to the Valley today, but we are being kept flat out at the moment.

“I’ve had the Star for two years now, and it’s a great truck, comfortable and economical and ideal for the work, which is pretty varied, from our staple which is carrying round bales of hay, silage, fresh cherries up to the boat and also apples likewise, pretty well anything that’s going.

“For example, I took a load of machinery up to Scottsdale today, and we work Tassie wide, so I have the benefit of seeing some interesting country as well. And it certainly looks good just now, a very pleasing green all over, and that should mean we are in for a bumper year for a welcome change.

“I am loving it and couldn’t be happier with my decision to get out on the road.”

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