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Product support at JOST that’s second to none

Bulk Transport Equipment (BTE) has relied on JOST for Hidromas hoists, Rockinger couplings, wheel rims, landing legs and turntables for over 15 years.

Supreme product quality, according to the trailer and specialised equipment manufacturer, is equally matched by outstanding service and support.  

BTE produces a wide variety of top-shelf bodies and trailers including truck and dog through to road train combinations. The company, which has manufacturing facilities in Melbourne and Toowoomba, needed a supply partner that could furnish it with similarly high-end products that would go the distance in the harsh environments many of its trailers operate in.

According to Scott Arnold, operations manager at BTE Toowoomba, BTE has received sterling service from JOST over the years, which in turn has enabled the company to provide customers with the best possible solutions for their trailer needs. 

“Service and quality are the two most important things in our industry and for our business JOST consistently ticks both those boxes,” Arnold said. “We have very good relationships with the people at JOST, which is another vital factor in the service we receive from the company.”

Arnold explains that both BTE branches are very well served by JOST area sales managers.

“In Queensland we deal with Jason Green and our branch in Victoria deals with Corey Povey – both of whom are very knowledgeable with the JOST products and how they fit in with our business,” Arnold said. 

Expanding further on the reliability of the JOST components, Arnold mentions that Hidromas hoists and JOST aluminium rims are products that need to be particularly durable in tipper applications. “These are two components in our industry that really take a pounding,” Arnold said, adding that reliability of supply from JOST is outstanding. 

“We have seen a considerable spike in demand for new trailers due to the government incentives since Covid hit, along with several very good seasons for the grain growers. In spite of the increased demand, JOST has managed to maintain the supply to match our needs which has meant we haven’t needed to look anywhere else for our components.”

Arnold says JOST products are competitively priced compared to other brands, with customers receiving a great product at a reasonable price.

JOST’s well mount cylinders have strokes ranging from 2470mm to 8675mm with capacities from 18 to 60 tonnes. They come standard with all stage chroming, extended tube overlap and spherical clevis bushes. They operate efficiently at Australian industry standard 135bar (2000psi) and are covered by a two-year nationwide warranty. 

Also a popular choice on BTE trailers are JOST premium forged alloy wheels which are manufactured to exacting standards to suit Australian conditions. 

According to JOST, its strong and durable forged alloy wheels are around half the weight of an equivalent 22.5 x 8.25 steel disc wheel which amounts to a useful increase in payload capacity of a trailer or combination of trailers. The lower unsprung weight also provides a smoother ride with reduced tyre wear and improved fuel economy. JOST alloy wheels come with a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty and are available with either a machined or polished surface finish.

The range of Rockinger tow couplings supplied by JOST provide a reliable and durable connection for trailers and dollies.

A well-proven item is the RO 56E 50mm fully automatic trailer coupling which is suitable for heavy-duty on- and off-highway applications including road trains. It has a weight of 80kg and a D-Value rating of 314kN. 

RAZOR power tarp and powered landing leg systems are other popular components in the extensive JOST portfolio. These units are designed to reduce the likelihood of workplace injuries that can be caused by manually operated tarps and legs.

JOST’s double-row ballrace KLK DR series is used by BTE with its semi-tippers and dog trailers. It is available in drilled or undrilled for chassis widths of 1000, 1100 or 1200mm.

The design principle ensures maximum reliability and strength because the active axial and radial forces are distributed between the two ball races which are permanently protected against dirt and dust by a multi-lip seal.

Arnold says the three key elements of reliability, service and quality are inherent in the JOST range of products, which means BTE can focus on manufacturing its high quality trailers, safe in the knowledge that the JOST components fitted to them are more than up to the task.

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