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Case Study: Containing a high payload approach

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article image Each of the recent Freighter Low Tare Skels purchased by AMK Containers is built specifically to accommodate more than 30 tonnes of payload

AMK Containers approached trailer manufacturer Freighter to provide a solution to accommodate heavier containers in their fleet.

A typical family-owned business established almost 40 years ago, AMK Containers transports about half a million tonnes of hay exported by Victorian farmers each year. Based in the town of Kyneton in Victoria’s north, the business specialises in container transport carting mostly hay from the Bendigo and Elmore regions to Melbourne’s ports.

When Owner and Managing Director of AMK Containers, Bob Potton first purchased a skel trailer from Freighter back in 1980, he had no idea he’d come back some 20 years later to add to his fleet.

Bob explains that he likes to keep things pretty simple, doing just enough for the company to prosper. AMK Containers freights for four clients with the work involving mostly container cartage for exports.

AMK Containers operates a small fleet of 13 skel trailers, all built by Freighter. In 2000, Bob purchased his second trailer from Freighter. Bob found it easy to make the decision as he never had a problem with Freighter trailers. He explains Freighter uses a high-strength steel frame, which has been engineered to provide low tare weight and maximum payload capacity – two factors that are important in the containers segment.

Bob says that the Freighter skel bought in 2000 is still running extremely well today and he has been able to gradually add more skels since. The steel in the chassis and airbag suspension on that trailer have exceeded all expectations considering the amount of loads it has had to carry over the years.

With demand growing for AMK Containers, Bob made his biggest purchase yet, acquiring four single Freighter tri-axle skel trailers, built specifically to accommodate more than 30 tonnes of payload. He explains that hay quality and density has increased over the years, which means containers have gradually become heavier, requiring skels capable of achieving in excess of 30.5 tonnes of payload capacity.

Each lightweight skel has a tare weight of just 3.8 tonnes, combined with airbag suspension, drum brakes, aluminium wheels, low-profile tyres and LED lights. According to Bob, each Freighter skel comes designed with four 40-foot twist locks, enabling a stress-free locking mechanism for each loaded container. The lightweight model gives AMK Containers a real advantage when carting heavy containers to and from the ports.

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