Thursday, December 1, 2011

ISUZU DRIVES A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH


Need a scissor lift, boom lift or telehandler for your next project? Chances are, Force Access will have exactly what you're after.

The national rental business transports equipment to and from construction sites around the nation on the back of its 30-plus fleet of light and medium-duty trucks, which includes five lowloaders.

Force Access Chief Operating Officer, Pat Italiano, says the organisation is one of Australia's largest specialised equipment companies, with three divisions and over 4000 pieces of plant.

Mr Italiano says the organisation is currently renewing its truck fleet and just purchased 13 new Isuzus based on prior experience with the brand.

"New and old Isuzus account for around 80 per cent of our fleet and this is largely down to the brand's reliability and versatility," Mr Italiano said.

"We never have to do too much to the chassis - they just seem to be the right truck for the application."

Mr Italiano oversees Force Access' business operations across the nation, ensuring logistics, supply and service demands are met in supporting its wide customer base throughout Australia.

Force Access recently took delivery of four medium-duty FVD 1000s and two FRR 500s, with another seven Isuzus, which arrived in August. The new acquisitions have been fitted with remote-controlled tilt slides by Sydney-based body builder Suburban Towing & Equipment.

"Not having to manually operate the controls makes life easier," Mr Italiano said.

"Our drivers can simply winch the equipment onto the back of the truck by remote."

Mr Italiano says Force Access' new FVD 1000s feature Allison automatic transmissions, while the FRR 500s are equipped with automated manual transmissions (AMTs).

"Isuzu's automatic and automated variants help reduce overall running costs across the life of the vehicles, eliminating clutch-related gearbox issues," he said.

"We service our vehicles after hours so we don't have trucks off the road. Parts availability and customer support is very important to us, and we've never had an issue with Isuzu on either front."

Mr Italiano said the Homebush-based business first opened its doors in 1994 and now operates branches in all capital cities and several regional areas throughout Australia.

Force Access' new Isuzus perform pick-up-delivery work, predominantly from its capital city branches.

The 10,400kg-GVM Isuzu FRR 500 produces 151 kW of power at 2600 RPM, and 637 Nm of torque at 1600 RPM; the larger FVD 1000 has a GVM of 16,500kg and produces 221 kW of power at 2400 RPM, and 981 Nm of torque at 1450 RPM.

Both models feature the popular ISRI 6860 air suspended driver's seat, hill start aid (HSA), and an ECE-R29 compliant cab.

Force Access' range of special equipment includes scissor lifts, boom lifts, man lifts, telehandlers, and much more.

See more about Isuzu Trucks in Australia at http://www.isuzutrucks.com.au/.

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