South Australian logging transportation company, Merrett Logging runs a total of 30 company owned B-Double configurations in their fleet and another 10 sub-contractor owned configurations. Over the past four years the company has trialled new shock absorbers for their logging fleet. Source: Timberbiz
Merrett Logging has a 12-month total maintenance schedule that includes the replacement of all truck and trailer shock absorbers in their fleet. After four years of using Monroe Magnum Heavy Duty shock absorbers, maintenance supervisor and company director John Merrett was impressed.
“We were always replacing our shock absorbers with the OE products, but we found during our maintenance checks that oil seal failures were common even at low kilometres and we also encountered this problem with other aftermarket brands,” Mr Merrett said.
“Once we tried the Monroe Magnum range we experienced none of these issues with both our truck and trailer shocks and upon each inspection they looked as though they could last well beyond our 12-month replacement cycle.
“The Monroe Magnum truck and trailer shock absorbers enable us to save costs by outperforming the OE and other aftermarket products that we have used in the past.
“Up to 15% of our heavy transporting work is on unsealed gravel roads with long bitumen stretches of approximately 100 kilometres per trip.”
The Merrett Logging trailer fleet includes Plunkett and Elphinstone trailers running BPW, ROR and Fuwa K-Hitch Axles.