Fresh produce carrier Freshwayz, one of the fleets involved in Cummins’ extensive field test program for the ISXe5, has taken delivery of a further four of the new 15-litre variant.

The company’s field test engine, installed in a Kenworth T409 SAR, has now clocked up over 300,000 km, impressing with its reliability and fuel efficiency.

“The reliability is the answer for us. It’s where we want it to be which is critical as we’re carting time-sensitive freight daily and need that reliability to do the job properly,” says Toby Toohill, managing director of Freshwayz.

The ISXe5 is an addition to Cummins’ 15-litre engine lineup, achieving Euro 5 emissions compliance through SCR exhaust aftertreatment technology which involves dosing AdBlue into the exhaust stream to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions.

Freshwayz was established by Toohill in 2006, primarily to cart produce for Rugby Farms, a time-honoured family business that grows and packs fresh vegetables for both the domestic and international markets.

“Reliability is the answer for us… it’s where we want it to be.”

One of Rugby Farms’ biggest clients is the Coles supermarket chain which sees the Freshwayz fleet operating to most states in Australia as well as the Northern Territory.

The Freshwayz fleet of 24 trucks – half of which are B-doubles – operates from a base adjoining Rugby Farms’ headquarters at Gatton in the Lockyer Valley, around 90 km west of Brisbane.

Toby Toohill has been in the transport game for 30 years. His focus for a number of years was produce carrier Market Drive which he set up in the mid-80s with his father Peter and was then acquired by Nolan’s Interstate Transport in 2004.

When the opportunity arose in 2006 to form a partnership with Rugby Farms to service its expanding transport needs, Toohill was quick to take up the challenge and establish Freshwayz as a dedicated fresh produce carrier.

Today, the Freshwayz fleet is mostly powered by Cummins ISX, with EGR versions of the 15-litre engine dominating.

“We’ve had our issues with the EGR engines but we’ve noticed a definite improvement in reliability with the Gen II versions,” says Toohill.

“Overall the support from Cummins has been very good. They won’t back away from a problem which is the name of the game.”

Putting a further four ISXe5 engines into service points to the satisfaction with the field test engine in the Freshwayz fleet.

Toohill points out that the operating temperatures of the ISXe5 are a lot more consistent which has found favour with the company’s older drivers who like to drive by the gauges.

“The drivers are impressed with the ISXe5 so performance is obviously very good,” he says.

Toby Toohill (right) established Freshwayz in 2006. He is with driver Brian Kraut.

Toby Toohill (right) established Freshwayz in 2006. He is with driver Brian Kraut.