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Less stress with Hendrickson’s ZMD

Family owned and operated, Armesto’s Transport was established in 1972 by Manuel and Rosemary Armesto in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Armesto’s Transport leads the way as a well-established and reputable interstate general freight business, operating out of depots located in Beerwah and Rocklea. Owner Manuel attributes much of Armesto’s Transports success to their loyal customer base, many of whom have been with them for over a decade, some of them longer. This steady support created the opportunity for the expansion of routes from the Sunshine Coast to the east coast of Australia. Today Armesto’s Transport specialises in servicing this area travelling from Cairns to Melbourne and all the major cities in between with a large, modern fleet of trucks and trailers running throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Within the large fleet, Manuel had many trailers running on Hendrickson – even more so in recent years, with the Hendrickson HXL7 wheel end being standardised in the fleet due to its low maintenance and five-year, 1.2 million kilometre warranty. “I prefer to use Hendrickson because it is reliable gear with a good warranty,” said Manuel.  

Hendrickson’s new ZMD shockless suspension was the natural progression for the fleet so, working with Hendrickson, Armesto’s had an existing trailer with Hendrickson INTRAAX suspension converted to ZMD.  The feedback from the drivers was so positive that their next set of trailers were ordered with the shockless suspension. Hendrickson Zero Maintenance Damping Technology eliminates the conventional shock absorbers by integrating the damping function into the air spring.  INTRAAX ZMD paired with the HXL7 wheel end provides reduced maintenance costs and downtime, increased cargo protection and less wear on the trailers. Armesto’s now has a total of two B-triples and four B-doubles running on ZMD.

With drivers reporting positively about how well they tow, and the softer ride provided, more trailers are on the way.

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