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Simon the signwriter's BT-50: Tradie Life

Simon loves the sleek look of the BT-50, one of the more affordable top model utes.

Simon Weston is a signwriter by trade and has owned his Mazda BT-50 for a couple of years.

Crafty: Why did you buy a BT-50?

Simon: A combination of things, it had a good review, yet it was on the more affordable side for the top models. I loved the sleek look which suits my business, and I have had BT-50s in the past and they have always performed well for me.

"I've had BT-50s in the past and they have always performed well for me." "I've had BT-50s in the past and they have always performed well for me."

Crafty: What's a typical work day for your ute?

Simon: Driving to and from quotes and meetings, carrying light tools and graphics associated with my trade to job sites and getting me around in life.

Crafty: Do you use it outside of work? For off-roading, camping or towing?

Simon: Yes, it's my work ute and my personal ute. I have the 4x2 Hi Rider version.

I'm not into four-wheel driving. I do tow a camper-trailer and other trailers regularly and, hopefully, a caravan soon, but this is my everyday family ride.

"I tow a camper-trailer and, hopefully, a caravan soon." "I tow a camper-trailer and, hopefully, a caravan soon."

Simon: Yes, 20-inch rims, flares, electric tow brakes and, of course, it's fully wrapped – it's what we do.

I also upgraded a heap of factory items, including tow pack, tint, ladder racks and sports bar, just to name a few. 

Mods include 20-inch rims. Mods include 20-inch rims.

Crafty: Any problems?

Simon: I had a fuel pump leak early on, but that was easily fixed under warranty. It's had a few recall items, but none of which I had an issue with.

And I have issues with poor radio signal/reception. I've read heaps of forums and it was a common issue with my model that seems to have improved with the latest model.

Featuring a sports bar. Featuring a sports bar.

Crafty: Anything else you'd like to do to it?

Simon: I've considered getting an after-market grille and headlights to finish off the look.

Simon uses the 4x2 Hi Rider for work and personal use. Simon uses the 4x2 Hi Rider for work and personal use.

Crafty: Would you buy another BT-50 next time?

Simon: Yes, already have, we just collected a new one two weeks ago for my tradesman at work; this is our fourth one since 2008.

"This is our fourth BT-50 since 2008." "This is our fourth BT-50 since 2008."

They have always been reliable for us, always look good and perform well and I find them to be more affordable than most of the competitors.

I find the BT-50s have the perfect balance of reliability, inclusions and price, so until I feel that's not the case I don't have a reason to change.

"The perfect balance of reliability, inclusions and price." "The perfect balance of reliability, inclusions and price."

If you need a signwriter, get in touch with Simon Weston of Spartan Creative on 0418 271 823 or visit www.spartancreative.com.au.

Do you use a ute for work like Simon? Let us know in the comments.

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