Not long after Australia’s first Ready-to-Work (RTW) truck models were introduced in 2003, Isuzu moved on their next landmark RTW venture—a line-up of factory-backed, pre-bodied tippers. Isuzu’s tipper range has now gone on to become important in excavation, landscape, and general construction and trade disciplines. Already covering an expansive gross vehicle mass (GVM) range from 4,500 kg through to 11,000 kg, the Isuzu Trucks tipper range recently introduced a step-up in the form of the FSR 140-260 Tipper.
With a GVM of 14,000 kg (derated to 12,000 kg upon request), and a GCM of 20,000 kg, the FSR signifies a new frontier in pre-bodied tippers, ready to tackle tough jobs across a diverse range of applications.
Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) National Sales Manager, Les Spaltman, said the recent addition to the tipper range is a direct response to customer feedback, something Isuzu Trucks values highly. Mr Spaltman said:
“We’re extremely proud to promote this F Series model within our already expansive Ready-to-Work tipper range. As always, we spoke directly with our customers, and the key message was clear—greater payload, greater capacity and longer body length.”
“Specifically, our customers wanted a robust tipper body that could easily float a typical medium-duty excavator to and from jobs. At 4.4 metres long the body on the FSR 140-260 Tipper delivers on this, along with a 7.8-tonne payload and 5.2 cubic-metre load capacity.”
Built tough with Isuzu’s heavy-duty, all-steel construction and durable plate thickness, the Japanese, ShinMaywa-produced bodies are used in harsh and demanding environments and vocations.
Under the skin, the FSR 140-260 Tipper is powered by Isuzu’s 6-cylinder, 24-valve 6HK1-TCC engine, producing 191 kW (256 HP) @ 2,400 rpm. Mr Spaltman said:
“Our popular six-cylinder 6HK1 engine is very effective in this GVM class and is set to serve the tipper application extremely well. The 6HK1, coupled with Isuzu’s proven MZW-6P six-speed manual transmission bodes economical and efficient operation on all fronts. This is a very sharply specified truck, with some smart features such as an integrated lockable toolbox, yellow safety steps and grab handles for operator ease of use, as well as all the expected safety features like Anti-lock Braking System, Anti-skid Regulator and Hill Start Aid.”
All Isuzu tippers come with a standard body lock-down hook, further securing the tipper body and its load at all times. Shovel racks, rope rails and a two-way tail gate with drop sides round out the package. All Isuzu RTW trucks are backed by the factory, with a three-year warranty covering both the truck and body.
Mr Spaltman concluded:
“We’ve been looking to expand the range for a while and plan to keep its evolution ticking over for some time. Given the level of infrastructure work currently needed and underway across our major cities, we believe this heavier F Series tipper model will tick a lot of boxes, especially for the construction and trade industries.”