One of the Terex Trucks TA300 haulers at work in Omaio Forest
New Zealand-based Gaddum Construction is using two TA300 Terex Trucks articulated haulers to move end material and metal for road-building as well as shift logs.
Gaddum Construction has been carrying out a hauling project on the steep slopes and slippery surfaces of Omaio Forest. The company, which specialises in the construction of infrastructure on challenging terrain, has been using two TA300 articulated haulers from Terex Trucks on the project which is now close to completion.
The small coastal town of Omaio takes its name from the Māori word for a ‘place of peace, quiet and tranquility’. It is located on the east side of New Zealand’s North Island, approximately 57km east of Opotiki.
Guy Gaddum, the owner of Gaddum Construction, commented of the TA300 haulers: “Having on-board scales really helps the operator utilise the truck at its capacity, without any compromise to safety or machine performance. And for the digger operator, Terex Trucks’ light system is great, too. It features bright LEDs mounted to the rear of the cab, letting the excavator operator know when the material being loaded is within the TA300’s maximum 28-tonne payload range, eliminating guesswork. The hauler’s ability to brake in very wet conditions is also impressive, particularly from a safety perspective.”
Gaddum Construction was established in 2006. It employs around 25 people and carries out projects across Omaio Bay, Whakatane, Rotorua, Taupo, Thames and the Coromandel.
The company purchased its two TA300 haulers from Porter Equipment, the official Terex Trucks dealer in Australia and New Zealand since 2017.
Made in Motherwell, Scotland, the TA300 has a maximum payload of 28 tonnes (30.9 tons) and a heaped capacity of 17.5 m³ (22.9 yd³). It is equipped with a Scania DC9 engine, which is designed to give it the power to perform in challenging conditions, such as those in the vertiginous hills of Omaio Forest.