US company makes history with first Rokbak delivery
Easton Sales and Rentals take delivery of first-ever RA30 articulated hauler from Rokbak
US-based Easton Sales and Rentals have registered a notable moment in construction equipment history by taking delivery of the first-ever Rokbak articulated haulers. The Rokbak brand launched on 1 September 2021 as part of the Volvo Group, with its RA30 and RA40 articulated haulers built at the company’s factory in Motherwell, Scotland.
Although the Rokbak brand is new, Easton Sales and Rentals are long-term partners of the company in its previous incarnation and were actually named 2020 Dealer of the Year. Jeff Udelson, managing principle of Easton Sales and Rentals, was delighted to take delivery of Rokbak unit number one.
‘It’s a great honour for our company to get the first Rokbak articulated hauler and there was real excitement around the dealership when it arrived. Rokbak have only been in existence a short time, but they’re built on the legacy of a company with a long history,’ he said.
‘What’s most impressive about the new Rokbak brand is how clear it is to see what it stands for – hard work, performance, reliability, sustainability. It’s also backed by the Volvo Group, so there’s no doubt about the quality or performance.’
The first delivery was actually part of a package of two RA30 models received by Easton Sales and Rentals. Both were sold to Houston-based Linco Construction, who have already put them to work.
Steve Brown, president of Linco Construction, said the design and performance of the Rokbak machines were a perfect match for the company. ‘Our business is built on delivering quality work that is competitively priced and performed by experts, so these new Rokak machines are ideal tools to help us do that,’ he said.
‘They’ve only been at work for a few weeks, but we can already see they are workhorses. We have built relationships with our clients on our commitment, hard work and quality, and when we look at the Rokbak haulers, we see those same values shining through.’
Rokbak say the RA30 articulated is a great choice for quarries, infrastructure developments or construction sites. The 28-tonne unit offers a heaped capacity of 17.5 cubic metres and is powered by a Scania DC9 engine, which develops gross power of 276kW (370hp) and a maximum torque of 1,880Nm. Its fuel-efficient engine is emissions compliant and meets the requirements of the latest North American legislation with T4F.
The hauler’s EP320 transmission comes with eight forward and four reverse gears, with a top speed of 34 miles/h, high overall gear ratio spread, equal ratio steps between gears, and optimized gear shifting with partial load shifts.
This, say Rokbak, adds up to lower fuel consumption, smoother gear shifting, better operator comfort and faster cycle times. Increased productivity and uptime, plus lower cost per tonne, are further boosted by the long-life transmission fluid, which increases the time needed between oil changes from 1,000 to 4,000 hours.
In addition to the two Rokbak RA30 units they have already received, Easton Sales and Rentals have a further three on their way to Texas. Two have already been sold to JMC Equipment LLC, another Houston-based company, while the third will join the inventory fleet at Easton Sales and Rentals.
Daniel Meara, regional sales manager for Rokbak in North America, said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled with the enthusiasm our long-standing dealer partners in North America have shown for the new brand and are looking forward to working closely with them over the coming months and years as we establish Rokbak as the industry benchmark for performance, power and reliability.’