Gibson Groundpsread is no stranger to the MAN brand, already operating TGM 4x4s for its ground spreading business and TGS 26.480s for carting Revive compost.
A family owned company, Gibson’s has been servicing the local farmers for 60 years. It was founded by Bill Gibson in 1953 when he started carting firewood, split posts and bagged fertiliser to the local farmers of Yarram. The company now has branches throughout Gippsland in Traralgon, Rosedale, Yarram, Dutson and Bayles.
However the way fertiliser is spread has changed drastically over the years and today a fleet of TGM 4x4s has brought increased efficiency and lower costs to the company’s extensive ground spreading business.
Utilising GPS mapping, all customer paddocks are clearly identified so drivers can accurately locate the selected paddocks and commence spreading without the need for farmers to be present, alleviating the prospect of drivers waiting around for long periods if a farmer is unavailable, saving time for both parties.
“With the MAN’s low tare weight we can carry a high payload, allowing us to minimise the times we have to return to load up, so they have provided big gains in efficiency,” Gibson’s Managing Director, Damien Gibson said.
The MAN TGS Tipper and 4axle dog combinations are used to cart Revive recycled compost to local farmers within the Gippsland region. Revive compost consists of recycled waste streams and green organic material and is produced locally at Gippsland Water’s Soil Organic Recycling Facility (SORF).
Revive compost improves soil structure, enables improved water holding capacity, provides trace elements and increases soil organic matter providing increased production for farmers’ land.
Gibson’s Logistics has always operated as part of the Gibson’s Group of companies, transporting products such as fertilisers for Gibson’s spreaders one way and then backloading with bulk freight for external customers.
These external customers are typically companies involved in the waste area; in particular green organics, fertilisers, lime and grain. This additional external work has grown significantly over the last couple of years and has seen the company extend its geographical coverage transporting products as far as the Adelaide border, across to the Wimmera, Mallee and Northern Victoria.
As a result of this growth the company required new trucks with high output engines that could comfortably haul B-Double trailers.
Gibson’s undertook an extensive and rigorous evaluation of a variety of European trucks including the new MAN D38 26.560, using both loaded and unloaded B-Double trailers across all types of road conditions throughout the Gippsland area.
But once again the MAN D38 won out, with its impressive all round capabilities, particularly its power and fuel efficiency. The brand new 15.2L, 560hp six-cylinder common rail engine is both twin turbocharged and intercooled.
“With 2,700Nm of torque available in all gears at all times, the D38 makes pulling heavy loads an effortless task,” Damien stated confidently.
In addition to the standard MAN safety features such as EBS, ABS and ESP, the D38 has an additional safety pack that includes the very latest technological advances in driver safety. These features include active cruise control, emergency brake assist, a lane guard system and emergency stopping signals.
“Like our other MANs they’re a very comfy truck and given they will be used for both intra and interstate work cab comfort was an important factor – we wanted a spacious cab with big bunks and comfy beds and that’s what the D38’s provide – yeah, our drivers love them,” Damien added.
“The other key factor in our decision to purchase the MAN D38 for our B-Double fleet was the quality of service we receive from Westar Truck Centre; the existing and excellent relationship with the staff, the continuity of product knowledge and reliable back up and support were crucial things for us,” Damien concluded.
These new D38’s bring the total Gibson’s MAN fleet size to an impressive thirty eight units.
Contact: Damien Gibson T: 0400 692 855 E: firstname.lastname@example.org