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Dunstan’s bolsters heavy haulage operations with Drake

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Queensland-based firm, Dunstan’s Low Loader Haulage, has received a new Drake 4x4 Full Widener and 2x4 dolly to add to its existing fleet of 10 Drake trailers.

The company has been operating for nearly 23 years, specialising in heavy haulage predominantly in south-east Queensland but also further afield when required.

“We move a wide variety of heavy machinery including earthmoving equipment for civil works as well as crushing and screening plants for quarries, typically in the south-east corner of Queensland,” said Dunstan’s Low Loader Haulage Director, Andrew Dunstan.

Dunstan’s bought their first new Drake trailer about 20 years ago and have been loyal to the brand ever since. They have, in fact, bought 17 Drake trailers and Dunstan says this latest unit is very similar in specification to the first unit the company bought.

“I went back to ‘old school’ actually,” said Dunstan.

“It is a full-widener quad which widens to 3.6 metres with fixed (non-steerable) axles.

"This unit does mostly highway running where self-tracking axles aren’t a major benefit.

“It has a 12.5 metre usable deck length and a low-profile gooseneck, along with bi-fold ramps, to suit the screening plants we transport," he said.

The new unit has York drum brake axles and Drake hydraulic suspension, along with an automatic greasing system and an array of toolboxes.

Dunstan said he has an array of Drake trailers including deck wideners, full wideners and rows of eight platforms to “cover all bases” in terms of suiting the various types of equipment the company moves.

Andrew Dunstan and his wife Kylie run the business with the help of four drivers who operate the five Cummins-powered Kenworth prime movers – four K-series cab-overs and a T409 SAR conventional. A new T610 SAR is expected to join the fleet in late June.

“We do all the heavy work with the cab-overs,” said Dunstan. “They are very manoeuvrable and hard to beat in this type of work.”

Speaking about the challenges he faces with his line of work, Dunstan said the time it takes to receive permits for moving heavy equipment is a constant source of frustration.

“Having to wait five weeks for a permit is an absolute joke,” he said.

“If you have a major failure with a 70-tonne crusher in a quarry that’s feeding concrete and asphalt plants supplying materials for the M1 motorway upgrade, you haven’t got time to wait five weeks to get a replacement machine in.

“We’ve even had to pull machines apart to lose weight from them so we could move them without a permit, but that means an extra two days of mechanical work that we shouldn’t have to do.

“Really I think any payload under 100 tonnes shouldn’t require such onerous permit conditions,” said Dunstan. “Our roads are now good enough across the board and our modern regulations should reflect that," he said.

The business, according to Dunstan, runs smoothly with a steady and experienced driver base operating reliable and durable equipment, typified by an array of Drake trailers that suit the broad range of equipment carried.

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