“A common sight on the Northland roads is the brown and gold livery of the Mangonui Haulage Ltd fleet of trucks hauling logs, livestock, bulk or concrete.
The company has been established since 1980 and became the sole responsibility of Dennis Sparksman in 1989. It operates out of two depots with one in Kaitaia and the other (the head office) at Mangonui.
When Dennis took the company over there were only 10 trucks in the fleet with three Internationals on livestock and others on general and bulk. That same year Mangonui did a deal with Juken Nisho Ltd (now Juken New Zealand Ltd) in Kaitaia, to haul logs into their triboard mill. The haulage company put two 1985 International T-lines into service carting logs to the mill and occasional loads to the old wharves at the Whangarei Port.
The mid 1990s saw the expansion of the mill to include a veneer manufacturing plant, during the same period the export logging business in the Far North grew rapidly. Mangonui Haulage expanded with the increase in logging and when Juken New Zealand assumed control of a large area of planted forest land in the north and instituted a clear felling policy, Mangonui’s logging fleet dramatically increased further to cope with the expanding work load.
All of the clear felled land has continued to be replanted and this has lead to an ongoing business for all companies involved in the timber growing and supply industry.
As the Mangonui fleet has grown so have the facilities at the Mangonui depot. These include a complete workshop for manufacturing and repairs of all truck and trailer units, a complete spray painting workshop which includes all of the application of colour designs and graphics, a full mechanical engineering workshop, and a sandblasting facility for restoration and repairs.
Over recent years Mangonui has used Isuzus as the company operated stock trucks and Mitsubishi/Fuso for all other work, but a recent company decision has seen the purchase of two new Kenworth T408E 8×4 trucks which have been fitted to new Evans logging trailers.
Both T408E’s are fitted with Cummins ISX 550 horsepower engines with 1850lb/ft of torque, Eaton RTLO20918B 18-speed manual gearboxes, Meritor RT46/160 diffs with cross locks and power divider and Kenworth Airglide 460 steel pedestal air suspension.
The front axles are fitted with load share sus- pension systems and the total combinations have ABS and EBS brakes and are certified as HPMV with 22.3 metre approvals.
The Evans trailers were purchased as glide kits, which only included the chassis and bolsters. All other components were fitted in the Mangonui workshops. These included ROR axles and air- bags. The load scales were also fitted by the workshop.
Most of the graphics and signage was applied in house as was the painting of the trailers.
With the two new Kenworths, the Mangonui Haulage Ltd fleet has increased to 42 with 30 rigs on logs, seven stock units, two tippers and three ready mix concrete trucks.
The driver of this month’s Mangonui Haulage Ltd TOP TRUCK is Charlie Oliver and at this point in time he cannot stop polishing his new charge. The truck is owned by Sean and Darren, the two operational managers at Mangonui Haulage Ltd, and the other Kenworth is com- pany owned.
The presentation of the entire Mangonui fleet is maintained to a very high degree and there is no doubt that when the second Kenworth is commissioned, Charlie will have some stiff com- petition for the position of ‘Company Flagship’. Maybe it will end up a ‘twins’ situation.”
Published in NZ Trucking Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012
Source: Fairfax Magazines | Story: Wally Bowater
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