Geelong-based landscape and building supply business, Danly, has just added two new tippers to its impressive fleet of Isuzu trucks as it works to keep up with demand from local housing estates and projects
Whether its landscapers, bricklayers, concreters or builders, with new estates taking shape in Victoria the demand is high to have products delivered on site every day to keep construction teams busy.
For Geelong-based business Danly the residential growth is driving demand for their products, boosting their business and prompting investment in the tools of the trade that will help them grow.
Danly general manager Chad Ovens says the business, which lists among its products gravel, pebbles, sand, crushed rock and landscaping supplies, had built a fleet of Isuzu tippers to tackle the transport task.
Danly was purchased in 2005 by Chad’s father and other stakeholders, but when the opportunity came Chad to invest, he didn’t miss a beat. In December 2021 he jumped on board as Danly’s general manager and leapt at the chance to get behind a proven business.
A carpenter by trade, with a background in construction, Ovens had plenty of skills that could be put to use at Danly, especially in the area of understanding his trade customers’ needs.
As local demand for landscaping and garden supplies picked up, Ovens chose to invest in two new two Isuzu FRR 107-210 Tippers to add to the growing Danly fleet.
“We now have 12 Isuzu trucks in our fleet, all of which are tippers,” Ovens says.
“Danly has only ever worked with Isuzu Trucks since the business started in 2005 – a good portion of 20 years – and we have been with them ever since.”
Danly’s Isuzu fleets includes a range of truck shapes and sizes, including an FVZ 1400 Tipper, three FXZ 1500 Tippers, an FRR 500 Tipper, an NLR 275 Tipper, NPR 400 Tipper, NLR 275 Tipper, FRR 500, FTR 900, two FRR 107-210 SWB Tippers, and of course the two new FRR 107-210 Tippers.
“Our newer Isuzu tippers get loaded for delivery and our drivers head to their locations and tip out the product exactly where the customer wants,” Ovens says.
“Our drivers are on the road doing deliveries six days a week.”
Working on regional roads in new estates and over long hours, the trucks are put to the test in terms of durability and Ovens says they’ve performed well.
Ovens says he relies on the excellent service technicians at Geelong Isuzu to look after the Danly fleet, minimising downtime and keeping trucks on the road.
When selecting the latest FRR models, Ovens consulted with Philip Halleday from Geelong Isuzu regarding application specificity and which model would perform best for Danly’s daily needs.
With a GVM of 11,000 kg and a Gross Combined Mass (GCM) of 16,000 kg, the FRRs are well equipped to facilitate those larger orders of sand, soil, mulch and other material supplies.
Powered by the Isuzu N-4HK1-TCH 4-cylinder, 16 valve engine, the FRR platform is a proven entity, leaning on years of factory development and experience in the field.
With 177 kW (260PS) of power @ 2,400 RPM and 765 Nm of torque @ 1,600 RPM, there’s plenty of muscle to haul all manner of materials all over greater Geelong and beyond.
Adding to that the close proximity to Geelong Isuzu (only a short drive away) from the Danly offices and supply yard, Ovens can get his tipper fleet in and out for servicing with minimum hassle and next to no downtime.
“It’s always pretty smooth sailing when it comes to Geelong Isuzu and the wait time for spare parts is always quick.
“Geelong Isuzu has service technicians who work night shifts, which is super handy because we need our trucks on the road first thing in the morning, so being able to have them worked on at night is a big bonus for us.”
Danly takes a pro-active approach to maintaining its fleet, working to ensure that the chances of having a vehicle off the road for longer than a service is minimised by undertaking regular preventative maintenance.
“The trucks always have to be in top condition and operate safely, so we are very diligent on getting our trucks serviced and properly looked after,” Ovens says.
“We can’t afford a truck being off the road for an extended period of time, so we focus on preventative servicing and maintenance.
“Every so often a truck is off the road getting serviced with a problem that can be only solved over a three- or four-day period, but mostly we get our trucks back and on the job in under 24 hours – and we could not be happier for it!
“The team at Geelong Isuzu are always fantastic to deal with. They’ve helped us many times over the years with replacing and upgrading trucks in our fleet, and we know we can rely on them.
“Danly has been really impressed with the Isuzu brands’ breadth of range over the years. It’s why we have been so loyal to purchasing Isuzu Trucks over the past 20 years, and I can see us continuing that relationship into the future.”