Rokbak operators have ‘yabba-dabba do’ time in Canada!

A trio of Rokbak articulated haulers – named after Flintstones characters – have journeyed from Scotland to western Canada to move aggregates, stone and rock close to North America’s largest mountain range.

Jura Creek Enterprises has bought three Rokbak RA40 articulated haulers to work under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

Jura Creek Enterprises personalises and names all the equipment it buys – and the new Rokbak recruits have been named after characters from the classic cartoon series The Flintstones, with their relevant prehistoric character sticker displayed on the side of the truck.

‘Wilma’, ‘Betty’ and ‘Pebbles’ were delivered to Jura Creek Enterprises earlier this year as the first RA40s in the region, and immediately put into production at the Crowsnest Pass quarry.

The site produces material including limestone aggregate, stackables and armourstone, with Jura Creek Enterprises selling about 1,360 tonnes per day.

Each RA40 needs to transport blasted limestone to a crusher or trommel screen in one-mile cycles. Rokbak said the RA40 articulated steering system ensures ‘optimal manoeuvrability’, enabling the hauler to navigate through tight spaces and tackle steep inclines. The RA40 boasts a hauling capacity of 38 metric tonnes.

“We needed robust haulers, and that’s exactly what we got,” said Travis Deglow, principal for Jura Creek Enterprises. “They’ve taken to the terrain and handle the surfaces well, and are proving to be real assets to what we’re doing at Crowsnest Pass.”

In Alberta, Canada, the winter months can see temperatures drop to as low as -30 to -40°C.

“Operator comfort for us is integral and the RA40 has provided that,” Travis added. “The HVAC provides the right temperature control for comfort on cold or hot days, the cab is extremely quiet and the smooth ride has equated to high production.”

Headwater Equipment is the Rokbak articulated hauler dealer for the province of Alberta. The company has been providing Jura Creek Enterprises with heavy construction equipment since 2020.

Jura Creek Enterprises purchased the RA40s with standard warranty and a full maintenance package that covers the units for the first 3,000 hours of operations.

“Being in a relatively remote location, it is so reassuring to know that there are qualified technicians ready to correct any problems that might develop,” Travis said. “It is nice to work with Rokbak and Headwater Equipment who understand our equipment needs and provide the support needed to keep Jura Creek Enterprises up and running all year round.

“Being the first to acquire RA40s in Alberta, we’re glad to be helping to pioneer the Rokbak brand in Canada.”

Greg Gerbus, Rokbak regional sales manager, added, “It’s brilliant to hear how well the three RA40 units have been performing on site for the Jura Creek Enterprises team. Rokbak trucks are popular with customers because they are hardworking, robust and easy to operate and maintain. There’s a strong future ahead for Rokbak in Canada.”