“Probably the biggest pressure is our isolation with part supply and getting and keeping things running. Obviously needing to have a backup of parts. People are also a big shortage, I know we’re not alone with that but it’s pretty hard to entice people to come up and live in extreme conditions at the moment,” said Peter.
“During winter it’s beautiful up here, with nice 25–30-degree days. But from November until April it’s 40 degrees, wet and an afternoon shower can see 25-50ml of rainfall. Roads become impassable, so we’ve got to be careful where we go and don’t go depending on the time of year.
“The distance we travel annually varies due to the kind of work that we do, but it can range from 100,000kms to 250,000kms. Engine hours are probably more. It’s a lot of work off road on dirt roads so we generally reach speeds of 40-50kms per hour.”
But despite the locational challenges, Peter has said that his UD Trucks have provided a solid and reliable platform to keep JSW running and with minimum downtime.
“Our business was built on them,” explained Peter.
“What I like about UD Trucks is that they’re built solid, reliable, low maintenance, easy to drive and are comfortable. Our guys love driving the UD Trucks and out of all the vehicles in our fleet, they probably spend the least amount of time in the workshop.”
When speaking with PR and Media Relations Manager, Matt Wood, a thrilled Woodhead said that, even their Workshop Manager Dion, loves working on the UD Trucks.
“We’ve got a UD CW 40 out the back. It’s a 1983 model and it’s the first UD we bought. It was purchased as a 6-wheel tipper. The customer decided they wanted to go to ‘semi’, so it was converted to a prime mover and towed a bogie tipper around for probably five years of its life and then as things got bigger, we converted it back to a tipper,” Woodhead explained.
JSW currently have 5 UD Trucks in their fleet but over the course of their business they have had 10 UD trucks in total. When recalling the UD Trucks that JSW has owned over the years, Peter reminisced on the early days, all the way back to the mid-70s where it all began.