The Otago ski and summer resort town of Wanaka is home to a bulldog with plenty of bite!
There’s an old saying ‘less is more’, and this well looked after Mack with more than one million kilometres on the clock is definitely a good example of that.
The 2002 model CH688 RST started its working life in Canterbury. Owned by Ryan Pullan it towed a 3-axle bulk flour tanker and turned heads wherever it travelled in the South Island.
With six-inch stacks, a factory fitted bumper with inset spotlights, a custom visor made by Whiteline Truck Accessories in Australia, and marker lights on the bumper, steps, mirrors and roof, this bulldog was dressed to impress!
Current owner and general manager of Central Machine Hire, Jason Winder, purchased the Mack in 2006 and has had a fantastic run out of the truck to date. Barry ‘Arnie’ Arnesen drives the Mack, ensuring the truck will always be looked after. “It’s an absolute pleasure to drive and I make the most of it,” he says. Barry has been driving now for 13 years and has a reputation for looking after the gear he drives.
With its 350kW (470hp) Mack engine, 18-speed Mack gearbox, Meritor 46160 diffs with cross locks, and rated to 90 tonne, the big Mack is easily able to tow either a bottom dumper trailer or the three rows of eight transporter moving various items of machinery around Otago and Southland for the company.
Central Machine Hire has an interesting fleet of old school Mack trucks, including the R-Model, RB, MC and the CH models, but this well looked after bulldog is the pride of the fleet.