PT Hydraulics Australia, a Melbourne based business has introduced lightweight and incredibly durable polypropylene plastic service bodies, or ute backs to Australia. The PT Polypropylene plastic bodies are suitable for utes and vans and are ideal for “Tradie” or Commercial vehicles that want a lightweight indestructible service body.
Manufactured from Polypropylene plastic, PT Poly Bodies possess many advantages over current aluminium and fiberglass designs.
As a rule of thumb, Polypropylene is 20% – 25% lighter than a comparable steel or aluminium build, this ultimately increases the vehicle payload and provides improved vehicle economy. Polypropylene bodies come with a 10+ year warranty and can be swapped onto new chassis, year after year, without compromising this warranty.
PT Poly Bodies provide an alternative to the traditional steel service body materials that are prone to rust and corrosion, and to fibreglass bodies which are susceptible to cracking. The long-life bodies will provide an outstanding appearance year after year on chassis after chassis. In addition, these bodies are lighter in weight than conventional steel or fiberglass bodies, thereby allowing for increased payload or improved fuel economy.
The polypropylene used is 12mm thick for the walls and 15mm for the frame and seams are welded, giving the body incredible strength. PT Poly Bodies are extremely durable and have a superb resistance to impact due to their strength and flexibility. In most low speed impacts there is little or no damage as the polypropylene absorbs the impact and springs back into its original shape, at a higher speed the plastic eliminates the shock transfer through the body keeping damage to a minimum.
Polypropylene will not crack, corrode or suffer from stress fractures associated with driving on gutted corrugations of the Australian outback roads. Our bodies are so strong they can withstand the impact of a sledgehammer, try that on a steel or fiberglass body!
PT Poly Bodies offers the following advantages over traditional aluminium and fiberglass designs.
- Tailored to suit an individual’s requirement dependent on equipment to be carried
- Lifetime warranty (10 years plus)
- Lightweight – increase in the vehicles payload
- Corrosion resistance – able to withstand a variety of aggressive chemicals
- Heat resistance
- Durability – will not crack like GRP or corrode like metal
- Impact resistance and reparability (can be hit with a sledge hammer with no damage) – can be plastic welded in the event of accident damage
- Load bearing roof – no need for additional roof racks
- Low maintenance
- Excellent internal visibility and sound insulation
- Doesn’t absorb heat, little or no heat build-up inside of the body
- 100% recyclable at end of life
Polypropylene bodies can be fully customised and manufactured to fit any make or model, double cab, Extra cab, Single cab ute, their internal design is also tailored to carry the individual customers equipment as required. Customers can get three or four swap-outs of a body if they are changing over vehicles every three or so years.
The Emergency Services have embraced these new bodies with the first PT Polypropylene bodies going into service with a number of Fire and Emergency customers in both Australia and New Zealand.