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A national four-wheel drive hire company has developed a specialist mine personnel vehicle based on Toyota’s famed LandCruiser LC78 TroopCarrier.

Queensland-headquartered Four Wheel Drive Hire Services developed its eight-seat Man-haul to meet mine operator requirements for a 4WD personnel vehicle with full mine safety equipment.

It is based on the current three-seat LandCruiser 78 Series TroopCarrier, with a side access door and two additional rows of forward-facing seats.

Specialised equipment in the Man-haul includes full internal rollover protection system, fire extinguisher, bullbar and towbar.

Four Wheel Drive Hire Services adds further equipment to suit specific mine sites, including high-mount lights and UHF radio.

The company’s national operations manager, Shane Harvey, said the Man-haul met mining and civil engineering company needs for safe transport around mining and construction sites.

“The mines needed a high-capacity 4WD vehicle with forward-facing seats,” he said.

“Man-haul meets that need - and it complements the comprehensive range of 4WD vehicles we offer to the mining industry.

“That range includes robust LandCruiser wagons and Traybacks (Pick-ups), as well as Toyota HiLux 4x2 and 4x4, and HiAce Commuter buses.

“We also offer a popular Dual Cab LandCruiser conversion that builds on the robustness and comfort of the wagon but offers external tray space.”

Shane Harvey said the Four Wheel Drive Hire Services fleet of 800 mine and adventure vehicles is 100 per cent diesel and all Toyota.

“We based Man-haul on the workhorse LandCruiser model because it gives us the reliability we need, coupled with good 4WD capability,” he said.

“There are several advantages with an almost exclusive Toyota fleet. The vehicles are very durable, they’re well supported nationally by the distributor.

“It helps to standardise the fleet in terms of parts - and we’re experienced in maintaining LandCruisers.”

The company recommends only Toyota LandCruiser 100 station wagon and LC78 TroopCarrier for its adventure-minded customers.

Shane Harvey said the company began operations in 1973 by offering 4WD rentals to Fraser Island.

“Thirty-one years on, we’re still Queensland owned and operated - but now have 11 branches nationally, five agents and vehicles on hire in all states and territories.”

Toyota's LandCruiser 78/79 Series range has nine models, with the choice of three engines, two body styles and two equipment grade levels.

The engine choices are 4.5L Twin Cam Multi-valve petrol (only on LC79 Cab Chassis), 4.2L turbo-diesel and naturally aspirated 4.2L diesel.

Body choices are Cab Chassis and Troop Carrier, and the two equipment grades are Standard and RV.

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Shane Harvey, national operations manager of Four Wheel Drive Hire Service, with a LandCruiser 78-based Man-haul vehicle.