An Interview With Wayne Pearce, Big Truck Specialist QLD
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We’ve been lucky enough to get some time with Wayne Pearce, our Big Truck Specialist in Queensland. Wayne deals with all of our big truck customers, assisting them in making the right choice for their particular applications.
1. Tell us a bit about your background in the materials handling industry.
I started my apprenticeship as a forklift mechanic in 1974 with Port Adelaide Haulage (later Brambles), my work was based around the wharves & shipping. Containers were only just starting to be used, I saw the transition from loose cargo to containers. Only 20’ containers were being used at the start on 25T forklifts and once 40’ containers were introduced, I had to manually take off the 20’ frame and fit the 40’ frame, sometimes 2-3 times a day.
During my time I moved roles from Spare Parts, Workshop Supervisor to Casual Forklift Hire Manager. When Brambles, sold the business to NMHG, I started as a local Account Manager progressing to National Accounts.
In 1995 I was offered a position in Queensland managing major accounts for Big Trucks, which I accepted and moved the family into a new life style. I was later given the opportunity to join Adaptalift after they purchased the Hyster/NFN businesses. In total I have had 38 years of continuous service.
2. How long have you been at Adaptalift Hyster?
Nearly two years.
3. What is the most challenging part of your job?
Trying to find the best solution to problems.
4. How does working with Big Trucks differ to other types of materials handling equipment?
Big Trucks are a specialised field and you need to be thinking constantly about how you spec them. You have to really make sure that you have all of the product and site information.
5. What makes Hyster Big Trucks stand out from the competition?
Strong, reliable and true to capacity.
6. Do you have a favorite big truck? If so, why?
Not really, although the new range of 30 – 32 XM-12 forklifts are very impressive.
7. What is the most important piece of advice you would give someone who is in the market for a big truck?
Do your homework, and ask the experts for advice. Don’t just look at what you are doing today; think about tomorrow. Weights and sizes of product are changing all the time and if you base the purchase solely on the product you are moving now, you may find yourself quickly struggling. Big Trucks are expensive and making the right decision is very important.
8 What innovations and advancements in the industry are you most excited about?
Looking at the Hyster product range I would have to say the ability to reduce the overall physical size of the forklift and be able to increase the capacity.
Advancements in cabin comfort have made a huge difference to how equipment is operated. The cabin is now a capsule, isolating the operator from heat, fumes and dust from the environment. The ability to keep the operator in a sealed, air conditioned environment, surrounded with safety features and easy to use controls, makes operating these huge machines that much easier.
9 Where do you see the big truck industry 10 years from now?
It is hard to imagine, the big truck has come so far. There will always be a need to move high volumes of product so capacities may increase even further. However, there may be limitations, due to the strength of the surface being driven on.
10. If you could sum up Hyster Big Trucks in one word, what would it be?
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