A new Daimler Trucks dealership in Horsham, Victoria, has delivered its first truck to a local farmer.
Wilson Bolton has recently joined the Daimler Trucks dealership network, selling and supporting Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso products.
Its first Daimler delivery was a Fuso 1124 Fighter Tipper, purchased by crop and sheep farmer, Sam Eagle.
Eagle runs sheep and grows crops such as wheat, barley, canola and beans on a property he operates with the help of his parents, Geoff and Merryn, wife Emily, nine-year-old daughter Penny and seven-year-old son Henry.
Looking to replace a worn out farm ute and facing an eight-month wait for another one, he wondered whether a Fuso truck might do the job better.
“The price difference wasn’t actually very much at all and the Fuso is so much more capable,” said Eagle.
He explains that the extra payload and capacity means it can do things a ute couldn’t.
“If we put a 3500kg fuel trailer on the back the ute is at maximum GCM and you can’t carry anything in the tray. Also, during harvest, if we have a problem with a comb header, which are very heavy, we can’t tow it into town to be repaired with a ute, but can with the Fighter.”
Other benefits include being able to carry gravel and other material easily around the farm and haul rubbish to the tip without having to hook up with a trailer.
“You just throw it all in the back, turn up to the tip, pull the lever and the job is done,” added Eagle.
He observes that the Fighter tipper has more features than the ute he was originally looking at.
“You get a lot of features, three seats, a touch screen display and a rear camera, whereas they only just made airconditioning standard in the ute I was going to buy.”
The 1124 Fighter features a Gross Vehicle Mass of 10,000kg and a Gross Combination mass of 20,000kg. A reliable 7.5-litre six-cylinder engine delivers 177kW of power and 745Nm of torque and is teamed with a six-speed manual transmission.
Fighter models feature class leading 30,000km service intervals to help maximise uptime and reduce maintenance costs.
“It is very exciting to sell our first Daimler truck and to share this milestone with a great member of the community like Sam,” said Luke Hutchinson, Wilson Bolton general sales manager.
Daimler Truck and Bus President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, says it is great to see Wilson Bolton join the Daimler family.
“The team at Wilson Bolton are well known for looking after their customers across the Wimmera and beyond and we are really pleased to have them selling and servicing our trucks and buses,” he says.
Fuso also continues to offer a generous manufacturer warranty that covers the Fighter for five years or 300,000km, whichever comes first. Warranty conditions apply; see www.fuso.com.au for details.