Owner operator chooses Cascadia for consumption

A Taree, NSW trucking operator has welcomed a Freightliner Cascadia to his mixed fleet.

Family business Ken Blanch Transport carts a wide range of products up and down the eastern seaboard from its NSW Mid-North Coast base and has a nine-truck fleet made up of American and European models from four different manufacturers.

Daimler Truck Australia says owner Ken Blanch has been impressed with the Cascadia, especially when it comes to fuel.

“This is the best fuel consumption I’ve had from of a bonneted truck,” says Blanch.

He says the fuel saving the Cascadia delivers compared to the bonneted truck it replaced is considerable.

“It does 600m per litre better and that is quite significant,” he adds.

The 126 Cascadia is running a single trailer at 44 tonnes all-up, and is returning an average of 2.4km per litre.

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Blanch explained that he was attracted to the Cascadia thanks to its 16-litre Detroit DD16 engine and spacious cabin, which the driver appreciates on longer runs.

The Cascadia is available with day cab, 36-inch, 48-inch and 60-inch cab options, and the Ken Blanch Transport truck was ordered with the 48-inch version, which has been given a big thumbs up.

“The driver loves it,” Blanch says.

Ken Blanch in front of his Freightliner Cascadia KBT_Cascadia_002 copy-2.jpg

With the help of Steve Pinkstone at Mavin Truck Centre, Blanch specified the Cascadia with the 560hp/1850ft-lb version of the 16-litre Detroit DD16 linked to a DT12 fully automated 12-speed transmission.

Daimler Truck says the Cascadia features a full-suite of integrated safety technology that is new to the conventional truck class, including a radar and camera-based Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) that can automatically detect, and fully brake for, moving pedestrians in addition to vehicles.

It also has radar-based adaptive cruise control and a lane departure warning system in addition to Electronic Stability Program and a driver airbag.

Daimler says the Ken Blanch Transport Cascadia also comes with the four year/800,000km manufacturer warranty and five years/500,000km of complimentary servicing that is standard with all Cascadia models rated below 110 tonnes.

Ken Blanch Transport, which delivers bricks, rooftop steel, fertiliser, timber and other items up and down Australia’s east coast, was founded by Ken Blanch in 1989 with just one truck, a Ford LNT 9000, a far cry from the cutting-edge Cascadia.

Asked about the difference between them, Blanch simply says: “Trucks have come a long way.”

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