Out at one of the Monier concrete plants, across a baking forecourt, a Quester CWE 420 is taking on a load. The flat-faced UD is a goliath, but the combined 16 tons of aggregate and cement and 1400 liters of water rock it back and forth on its springs like a toy. If anything drives home the pressures placed upon these trucks, this is it. And that’s in the neat, orderly Monier compound, not on the gnarly construction sites the drivers often deal with.
“You have to be careful driving these agitators, just because of all that weight — with a vehicle this big, in particular,” Yoba Kuba says, an experienced driver of Monier.