The Elohim trucks and trailers look clean and straight, but they are made to earn a living through hard labour. Mr Pritchard, his son Josh and nine other employees use the trucks to clear building sites of rubble, rubbish and excess dirt before carting it all away. The team, which also does a lot of underground plumbing on new sites, uses the trucks to carry their various tools of trade, including bobcats and excavators.
The four Heavy models are all 6x4s with tipper bodies that pull dog trailers and were purchased through Daimler Trucks Perth. All of them run a 12 litre six-cylinder OM457 engine using a Selective Catalytic Reduction system. Asked about the 455hp and 2200Nm the engine delivers, Mr Pritchard says: “That’s heaps. You couldn’t need any more than that.”
Although his old faithful Fuso ran a manual transmission, Mr Pritchard decided to select the upgraded 12-speed automated manual transmission for his four new Heavy trucks.
“You get good fuel consumption and you don’t have to worry about the gearbox or the clutch,” he says. “The blokes just jump in, put it into gear and go.”
The Heavy is the largest truck in the Fuso line-up and is available as a 4×2, 6×4 and 8×4. Mr Pritchard chose the 6×4 because it is easy to maneuver and this means his drivers can turn around in relatively tight spaces.
“The turning circle on these six wheelers is just brilliant,” he says. “They will just go right around.”