From constructing weighbridges to repairing silos and restoring old buildings, South Australia based Trubuild wears many hats.
With managing director Adrian Krollig at the helm, the business tackles a wide variety of challenging tasks.
On the subject of weighbridges, he says, “I just sort of fell into this line of work in the early 90s.”
Krollig is very hands on and describes himself as a describes himself as “more of a working director”.
“I might be out on site with the guys, setting out and measuring, supervising or even just getting my hands dirty. In the evenings it’ll be a bit of administration and quoting, a full day,” he said.
Trubuild has had Isuzus for over 30 years now. “It started with the pump. I took the pump to Northeast Isuzu and asked them to put a truck under it, and that’s exactly what they did, and I must say they did it very well,” explained Krollig.
“I knew they’d look after me. I’ve had Isuzus right through from the early 90s because they’ve always been so reliable for us.”
With the simple request to “put a truck under the pump”, Krollig left the rest to the staff at Northeast Isuzu, who provided him with the exact truck he needed – an NLR 45-150, kitted out with a genuine Isuzu bullbar and, of course, the pump on the back.
Krollig says the NLR is the perfect truck for an operation like this, maneuverable in awkward spots but with more than enough power to get the job done.
With the many different applications it’s used for, it was important to get a truck that could handle the difficult spaces.
Along with the load on the tray that can be loaded up to the 4.5 tonnes GCM, the latest generation NLR now has up to a 4.0 ton towing capacity, meaning they can cart huge amounts of equipment when it comes to building weighbridges.
Trubild completes about one weighbridge a month throughout the year along with the rest of the work they undertake – for customers working in everything from mining to grain and fertiliser suppliers to sand and metal retailers.
“Businesses can’t sell in volume anymore, it has to be by weight,” Krollig said.
“Retailers can’t sell a trailer of firewood, they’d have to price it by weight, for example 350kg of wood instead of just saying a trailer full.
“Laws like that and, of course the Chain of Responsibility stuff, have really kept us busy.”