YORK, Western Australia – Well-established rural refuse management company Avon Waste has praised the quality and reliability of the 17 Allison automatics in its fleet of 19 trucks. According to director Ashley Fisher, the company’s Allison-equipped trucks are ideal, providing easy use, dependability and efficiency.
“Collecting rubbish bins is stop-start work, and really, automatic transmissions are the only choice for our operation. And Allison is the best automatic. Our work is unrelenting. A manual truck simply would not perform in this environment, and I doubt anything but an Allison would be reliable enough to cope,” he said.
The majority of Avon’s business comes from curbside bin pickups using 14 specialist side-loader trucks – mostly Iveco/International Acco compactors. Fisher said Allison transmissions are in their element in a suburban environment, coping with up to 1200 stops per day.
“The gear ratios of the Allison are spot-on for our work; they handle the change in load as the truck is filled and provide easy starts and smooth gear changes,” Fisher added.
He said that Avon recently added a Volvo FE side-loader equipped with a 300 horsepower engine and mated to an Allison 3000R fully-automatic transmission. “We chose this spec because it is more powerful than the other trucks we have been using, and Allison is the best transmission for the task.”
Allison transmissions not only meet Avon’s needs on its average daily 250 kilometer runs, but are also efficient during highway driving on Avon’s longer 700 kilometer routes.
“Our drivers have up to two hours of driving before collection begins and another two hours returning to the depot,” Fisher continued. “Allison is tremendous for highway driving because it easily accelerates to and maintains cruising speeds, but doesn’t allow the engine to rev too high, so fuel consumption is kept to a minimum.”
Reliability and long service intervals are significant factors in Avon’s longstanding loyalty to Allison transmissions. “We need to pick up bins on the day we specify, and we have never been let down by Allison,” Fisher emphasized.
“We’ve had no problems with Allison automatics in the eight years we’ve been using them. We know we can trust them. In fact, the quality is getting even better, with longer services intervals and higher efficiency. We had manual trucks previously, but it became obvious that automatics are the way of the future.”
About Avon Waste
Avon Waste is a family operated waste management disposal company with more than 30 years of experience. Since its humble beginnings in the township of York, Avon has expanded operations to waste collection and management of more than 60 regional towns for 30 different councils in a geographical area of 120,000 square kilometers to the north and east of Perth. Avon prides itself on an environmental focus.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, medium- and heavy-tactical U.S. military vehicles and hybrid-propulsion systems for transit buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (primarily school and transit), motor homes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (primarily energy and mining) and military vehicles (wheeled and tracked). Founded in 1915, the Allison business is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. and employs approximately 2,800 people. Allison has manufacturing facilities and customization centers located in China, The Netherlands, Brazil, India and Hungary. With a global presence, serving customers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa, Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. More information about Allison is available at www.allisontransmission.com.
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According to Ashley Fisher, director of Avon Waste, the company’s Allison-equipped trucks are ideal, providing easy use, dependability and efficiency.
Avon recently added a Volvo FE side-loader equipped with a 300 horsepower engine and mated to an Allison 3000R fully-automatic transmission.
17 of Avon Waste’s 19 trucks use the Allison 3000 Series fully-automatic transmission for superior reliability and performance.
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