ISDL director counts his chickens

PULLING POULTRY: Ian Philip with his three new Isuzu FXY 1500s.
PULLING POULTRY: Ian Philip with his three new Isuzu FXY 1500s.

IDSL stands out because we're hard working, have great gear and modern, reliable trucks, IDSL Transport director Ian Philip said.

Based in southeast Queensland, IDSL has been delivering chicken products across Queensland for the past decade.

From humble single-truck beginnings, IDSL has grown to five vehicles and seven staff, with each running full-time for one major chicken producer.

"Each one of my trucks has a certain run,” Ian said.

"We cover the Sunshine Coast, out west to Toowoomba and all the supermarkets and fast food stores in south-east Queensland.

In testament to IDSL's renowned reliability and Queensland's voracious appetite for chicken, Ian recently expanded his fleet with the acquisition of three new Isuzu FXL LWB 1500s.

The FXL 1500 has a GVM of 24,000 kg and is powered by Isuzu's 9.8 litre, six cylinder Sitec III 350 diesel which has a power output of 257 kW (345hp) at 2000 rpm and that produces 1422 Nm of torque at 1400 rpm.

It comes fitted with ZF's 1310 TO nine-speed manual transmission.

"My driver who handles the Toowoomba route is fully loaded,” Ian said.

"But because we've got weighbridges, he's able to go out with 21 tonnes of chicken a day.

"His FXL has never even been in the low range driving up the Toowoomba Range. It's exceptionally impressive.”

Ian is quick to attribute his success to his equipment, his relationships and his employees' work ethic.

"All my drivers do a 12-hour shift,” he said.

"When they return, I use a couple of the trucks to do other night work.

"My drivers love the trucks. They really appreciate the comfort, power and how spacious the cabs are.”

With a fresh fleet, it's only up from here.

"We're going to carry on doing what we do and expand along the way,” Ian said.

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