BETHEL-based NJP Transport recently purchased 15 additional DAF CF85 trucks from Babcock, the sole importer and distributor of DAF trucks in the Southern African market. Co-owner Nico Pieterse
says the trucks have been performing so well that his company will remain with the brand for future purchases. To date NJP has 25 DAF trucks in its fleet, which are used for transporting coal to the ESKOM Power stations in the area.
“These trucks offer superb driving properties and excellent maneuverability, good fuel consumption and increased service intervals,” Pieterse comments. “The sleeper cab is very comfortable, with a first class bed that ensures that our drivers get a good night’s rest during long journeys.
“We’ve also been very impressed with the standard of the driver training and the quality of after-sales service we’ve received. Babcock service representatives call on us every two weeks and I can honestly say that I haven’t come across this level of loyalty before. It’s as if this team has become part of the NJP family. They’re willing and able to solve any issues that come up and they actively want to be a part of our business.”
Babcock’s Dave Black says this is one of the biggest single orders for the mining sector in recent months.
“We were competing against stiff competition for this order and although the capital purchase price was an important factor, total cost of ownership and fuel consumption were vital issues in the decision. Ultimately DAF CF85 came out on top,” says Black.
“The timing of this order is a perfect complement to the opening of our new state-of-the-art DAF dealership in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. Our Middelburg team is an ideal position to support NJP and our many other Mpumalanga-based customers with world class servicing, parts and technical support.
“With the massive increase in the cost of diesel, all transporters are looking for optimum fuel efficiency and lowest cost of ownership in their vehicles. The DAF range meets both these requirements with the PACCAR MX engine’s excellent fuel consumption and the standard 40,000 km service intervals.
“The old series DAF CF85 430hp was well respected for coal transport, but this order proves that the new DAF CF85 has outperformed its predecessor by exceeding the expectations of NJP,” Black concludes. “This order is important for Babcock DAF because it proves that the new DAF MX series is ideal for the demanding coal transport sector, equipping transporters with an optimum workhorse for the arduous conditions in which these trucks need to perform.”
The DAF CF85 is equipped with a 300kW euro 3 6 cylinder engine and 16 speed ZF Astronic gearbox, coupled with a powerful MX engine brake. This driveline provides maximum torque of 2000Nm. The tried and tested DAF hub reduction axles on mechanical suspension provide the optimum solution for the Mpumalanga coal transport business.
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