Positive ‘word of mouth’ sees ProStar tipper join Killmore Plant Services
Killmore Plant Services owner, Noel Killmore, was about to sign up for another North American brand tipper when son Jamie got involved asking the question: “why not a ProStar?”
Having spotted several ProStar models working nearby for Gates Haulage in Kiama NSW, and casting his eye over the spec details, Jamie, a truck enthusiast and recently qualified diesel mechanic who also works in the family business, urged his father to give the ProStar some consideration.
“Jamie came to me and said ‘hey, these new ProStars have Cummins engines and Eaton transmission – I think they’re worth a look’,” Noel said.
“Jamie and his mates are truck mad, that’s all they talk about and they’re well up to speed on what’s out there.
“We’d noticed some ProStars working in the area as well with Gates Haulage, so I called Brian Gates and asked him what they were like.
“Brian has four or five of them on his fleet and spoke very highly of them, saying that they were a good solid truck and well-up to the task for tipper and dog work. He said that the ProStars were standing-up well to the demands of the work, and performing better than the other higher profile North American brands he also has on his fleet.”
Not too long after this, Noel placed an order with Sydney Trucks and Machinery for a 6x4 tipper variant, opting for the Cummins X15 rated at 550hp (410kW) and 1850 Lb Ft (2,508 Nm) engine, coupled to the well proven Eaton 18-speed manual.
“Some of our other trucks also feature Cummins and Eaton drivetrain combinations, so it makes it easy for the drivers to jump from one truck to the other and be familiar with their characteristics,” Noel said.
The new ProStar has now been at work for several months hauling a triaxle dog trailer on a highway project in Wollongong – this work involves delivering road base products to the construction site as well as removing soil. A typical work day sees a 12 kilometre round trip per load with the process repeated 12 or 13 times per day as required.
All-up the ProStar is travelling around 1,000 plus kilometres per week and has so far drawn plaudits from the driver.
“Nigel the main driver really enjoys the truck and I know he’s taking really good care of it by the way he fusses with it and maintains it in pristine condition,” Noel said.
“Out on the work site it has great maneuverability to get into the tighter areas and the visibility from the cabin is also excellent.”
Noel is no stranger to heavy vehicles having worked as a professional driver for many years, as well as in the plant hire industry before starting Killmore Plant Services in 1992.
Since the early 1990s he has steadily grown the business offering a range of services including truck and industrial equipment hire, and hydraulic and mechanical repairs from passenger car to heavy vehicle and plant machinery.
And given Noel is still in his mid-50s and that Jamie is involved in the family business, there’s a good chance that a few more INTERNATIONAL ProStars could join the fleet in the years ahead.