Steve Fell, Snap-on Franchisee |para athlete| quiet hero

“I wasn’t always a Snap-on guy. I am a mechanic by trade, but I prefer the clean nails now”, jokes Steve Fell, Snap-on Franchisee, Torquepower customer and para athlete. “Ordinarily, Snap-on trucks must be a Hino or Isuzu but mine is completely different to fit my needs , a one off – a beautifully fitted out Western Star with a walk-through from the cab, powered by a sweet-sounding Cummins ISLe5.”

“I completed an apprenticeship with the NZ Army, and when I had my motorcycle accident in 1982 they probably should have medically discharged me, but asked me stay on until 1986.” Steve jokes – “ I borrowed the motor cycle involved, but when I gave it back, it wasn’t working very well. I turned 19 when I was in hospital. I was expected to be a mechanic but with a smashed pelvis that never repaired, and both legs and an arm that had been broken, I really couldn’t do the work. Cold made the body pain even worse, and I moved to Australia, with the dream of driving coach tours all over the country “

“ At the time I was young and I could handle the pain. I could walk, but not very well. I met my wife when she was the bus tour hostess, we married and have 3 amazing beautiful girls. “Sweet, Dry and Draught”, I call them – two have already graduated from university, one as an Interior Designer who creates kids playgrounds, and the other a Vet Technician. The youngest is a third year Apprentice Chef.  My wife and I decided to do something for ourselves; with just Monday to Friday work, and no employees, so we looked at a Snap-on franchise. We put up our house as collateral. Now, we are not far away from owning this truck. “

Whilst Steve is now full time in a wheel chair, he looks extremely fit. “ I only use an electric chair at work as it elevates 10 inches and I can reach the top parts. At home and with sport I use a push chair. I was always a sportsman, I played rugby, cricket and tennis. I had been trying to play social tennis standing up but was in so much pain, I started playing wheelie basketball with the Sporting Wheelies. Wheelchair Tennis is harder on the hands, when you first start your hands are ripped to bits, and I have the callouses to prove it.”

“I competed in the Toronto Games as an Invictus Military para-athlete last year in basketball, tennis and swimming, where I felt pretty special being next to Barack Obama on the basketball court, and Prince Harry at the closing ceremony. I am training three nights each week now ahead of the Invictus Sydney Games in October this year. It’s exhausting and I’m usually asleep by 7.30pm.”

“Challenges at work? Well there are some workshops I can’t get into, but the guys generally hear me pull up. Stock deliveries are Tuesday. Now that I’m in a chair, it takes a lot longer to bring all the stuff in . My neighbour help me tick it off. My customers are diesel specialists like Torquepower, small workshops, panel beaters, dealership and upholsterers in Archerfield through to Mount Gravatt. I’ve been supplying Torquepower with tools since 2001 and I’ve been a Torquepower Cummins parts customer since I bought my new rig in 2017. I also use a Cummins generator to power the air con and everything in the truck. It runs all day, but that’s a Cummins for you. Anything, I need, I just ring Bruce and he has my filters, oils, everything is ready waiting for me. “

I asked Steve, what frames his great attitude? “ I don’t think I’m exceptional, I just do what I do and have fun. Sometimes I get very depressed when major physical things going wrong, I’ve had 9 strokes – 2 really bad ones. I was watching the 2011 World Rugby Cup when I had a stroke in my eyeball. I couldn’t drive after that for 3 months, which I hated. I have a great family though, my Dad counselled me to marry a farm girl, and I did. My wife Colleen is from a dairy farming family and is fabulous. My four beautiful girls keep me going, and I just like to get out there. “

www.torquepower.com.au – Working hard since 1978 to support quiet heroes like Steve Fell.

Torquepower Sales manager Paul Duce, celebrates fifth anniversary

Torquepower Sales manager Paul Duce, celebrates his fifth anniversary with the family-run Cummins parts hub at Archerfield this month. Despite his youthful looks, Paul has two grown teenagers; 18 and 17 – and over 20 years of Cummins experience, after following his Dad – Noel Duce into the Cummins parts business. Noel was well known to many industry stalwarts, and now lives in retirement in rural north-eastern Tasmania. Paul started at Cummins South Pacific in Brisbane as a Stores person in 1997 and was posted to Mackay as Parts Manager in 2008. He then returned to Brisbane in 2013 to manage engine and new parts sales at Torquepower.

It’s probably fair to say that Paul has accrued more Cummins parts info than the rest of us will ever learn. Why does he love the work ? “ There no better satisfaction than finding a part with a limited amount of information and using it to help that Cummins operator out of a pickle – it’s kind of addictive ! “

“I appreciate that we are truly customer-focused here at Torquepower, and that we go to any lengths to help … also, our core values match. It’s always gratifying when I get out on the road to visit customers and have people recognise me, and they also ask after my dad “

Meet Key Staff

Paul started his working life as an apprentice automotive technician with Denmac Ford, then began a career with Cummins that spanned 16 years. Initially employed as a warehouse storeman, Paul became a trade qualified parts interpreter and progressing to Customer Support Representative at Cummins in Brisbane, Paul was appointed Cummins Parts Manager in Mackay for five years before returning to Brisbane to be with family.

As Torquepower’s Parts and Sales Manager for the past five years, Paul has enjoyed the challenge of small business and managing a small but experienced team. Going out of his way to problem-solve for customers and staff is a real strength. A family man, Paul says,“ family and friends are really important to me.“

Torquepower ex-Army Clement is a warehouse hero

Torquepower ex-Army Clement is a warehouse hero. Clement ( Poly) Poland, and his 6 siblings were born in Perth and grew up with an Army Engineer Dad . A mechanical kid, Clement would bush-drive old Falcons and then fix engine parts and panels . He attended Star of the Sea and Colby Catholic Colleges , and left at year 10 to attend TAFE to Fast Track senior subjects so he could join the army.

An Army Reserve member since the year 2000, Clem was a mechanical operator and forklift driver for private companies, and joined the ARA ( Australia Regular Army) as a transport driver . He drove Mercedes Benz, Unimog’s, 1980 Mack 3 axle R series , Mann and Fleetliner trucks, and learnt Bulk Fuel operations and dangerous goods.

Overseas in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, Clement was a protection party driver on the huge Taleel US Army Base for the Tour de Force troop entertainment and morale group . Other duties included driving 13,000 litre diesel fuel tankers distances in Iraq to refuel army units outside the base. Ferrying fuel through “Ambush Alley” kept things interesting, and he enjoyed the camaraderie and mateship.

In the years following, Clement was posted in Sydney, and his first daughter born in 2008. He made a family decision and left the Army in 2009, but stayed in the Reserves till 2012. Since then, Clement gathered a raft of skills driving trucks and supervising warehouses for big West Australian companies, and for Hastings Deering Caterpillar in Mount Isa. A family training organisation was grown many times over with Clement as international business development, and sales and operations management.

Now as Torquepower Warehouse Supervisor, Clement enjoys a smaller family business . “ Workers are well looked after and get the resources they need to do a good job. What I like best about Torquepower is that it is a family-oriented close-knit and family-run group. There is an increased desire to get everything correct for the customer, which means for me parts need to be spot on location-wise . My goal is to make the warehouse flow. A very definitive location saves everybody time and improves productivity.”

“As a family, with three awesome kids; we enjoy fishing, four wheel driving and camping. I still like to keep up the Army fitness with running and gym, and the kids keep me fit ! “

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Cummins 6BT-5.9M Marine engines

Upgrade or Replace your Cummins marine engines with these pigeon pair fully overhauled Cummins powerplants.

For Sale  – 2 x Cummins 6BT-5.9M Marine engines

ESN 46279891 and ESN 46279883

Date of Original manufacture: July 2003
Place of Manufacture: North Carolina, USA
Date of full overhaul by Torquepower: August 2016
Hours since overhaul: Dyno test time only
Rated HP: 220 @ 2600rpm

Key overhaul points:

Fully overhauled for our Managing Director’s personal boat – but higher HP engines were substituted before the 220’s were installed.
Latest genuine Cummins pistons for the marine rating;
New camshafts, followers, cylinder components, crankshafts, bearings, turbos, sea water pumps, valves, valve springs, injectors, oil pumps, water pumps, thermostats, idlers, fuel lift pumps, oil coolers, gaskets and all seals. Cylinder heads were overhauled by Metalock and Fuel Pumps by Prime Fuel Injection.
Turbocharger housings were all ceramic coated by Competition Coatings to prevent internal rust from salt air and reduce radiated heat by up to 60%.
New Barry mounts included with the sale
New oil pump-out pumps included in sale
Engines were dynamically balanced prior to final assembly and testing.
Warranty Coverage: 12 Months or 1500hrs (*conditions apply)

Price: $22,000 each incl. GST – Used Cummins trade in product will be considered.
Contact us on 0417747105 or  0732778277 or via email kjr@torquepower.com

https://cumminsengines.com/marine

Reliable, Clean, Quiet – and Powerful.
Cummins has a strong marine heritage dating back to the Company’s start in 1919. More than 90 years later, Cummins continues its legacy of providing reliable, durable diesels to the marine market with a broad range of power 5.9 to 95 liters for commercial, government and recreational applications.

Cummins marine engines have been engineered to meet the durability and performance needs of marine applications and seawater cooling options and controls seamlessly integrated to ensure the propulsion for your vessel meets your needs.

Used Engines

 

Motorists learn trucking blind spots

Trucking blind spots .  Transport for NSW have done a great job of making an incisive ad, which gets its point over in a smart and believable way. The vast majority of car drivers not only know nothing about the issues around things like trucking blind spots and visibility in a truck. Many car drivers sit cocooned in their own car, with safety systems turned on and do what they want to do and are surprised when other drivers get upset.

Unfortunately, many drivers tune out the trucks moving around them. They assume the truck driver will be able to cope with their actions and their car will remain untouched. However, if the inevitable happens and the truck and car do collide, the damage and risk to life is much more severe than if two cars were involved.

There is also an automatic assumption from everyone outside the trucking community, the truck must be to blame. The media describe any accident which involves a truck, in any way at all, as a ‘truck accident’, assuming guilt from the get-go.

With thanks Diesel News.

Photo credit – treehugger.com

https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Driver-guide/Sharing-the-road-with-other-road-users/Heavy-vehicles.aspx

Truck drivers have a certain limitations when it comes to accelerating and slowing down. Heavy vehicles need more room to make turns and their blind spots are much larger than cars. When driving around trucks, keep in mind the following tips:

1. Stay out of the heavy vehicle blind spots

The blind spot diagram, in yellow shade, shows the blind spots are located:

Blind spot around a truck

immediately in front of the truck
beside the truck driver’s door
on the passenger side which runs the length of the truck and extends out three lanes
directly behind the truck.
Blind spot around a truck

Remember: if you cannot see the truck driver’s mirror, the truck driver cannot see you.

2. Travel at a safe following distance

Do not follow a heavy vehicle too closely, as you want to see what is ahead (e.g. debris and other cars). Keep in mind the following when travelling behind a heavy vehicle:

Allow for time to stop safely. The table below shows comparisons of stopping distances for cars and trucks when travelling at the same speeds.

Vehicle Speed Stopping distance (metres)

Car     Truck
60km/h 73      83
70km/h 91      105
80km/h 111    130
90km/h 133    156
100km/h 157  185

If driving in weather conditions such as the wind and rain always leave more than the recommended following distance.

www.torquepower.com.au   We’re for safety.

 

Workshop Air Compressor

Used WORKSHOP AIR COMPRESSOR Now $800 ONO

For sale – in very good condition and good working order. We purchased it new in 2013. Current recommended retail price is around $2,600. It works well but was undersized for our workshop, so we have  recently upgraded.

Specifications; 

  • Pilot K25/21 Industrial 147L 5.5HP 3 Phase Industrial Air Compressor
  • Model: K25/21 Industrial
  • Purchased new 2013
  • Now $800 ONO

Contact ; 

  • Call Andrew Lawrence to organise inspection 0732778277, or see us at 170 Beatty Road, ARCHERFIELD
  • www.torquepower.com

Design; 

The Three Phase Industrial” series is Pilot Air’s premium cast iron range of air compressors suitable for heavy duty industrial use.

Reliability;

The “Three Phase Industrial” Series has high quality and oversized componentry to give the air compressor longer, trouble free life with less wear and tear.

Features;

Features include T.E.F.C. 415V/50HZ (Three phase) motors on all models with overload protection. Models K25 through K100 are two stage compressors and offer aftercooler and intercooler design to increase efficiency and provide higher pressure capabilities. All Receivers are AS1210 approved

 

 

Cummins Technician Field Service Experience

We currently have an opportunity for an experienced Cummins technician with field service experience to join our busy service department. You will work on a wide range of Cummins powered applications including mining, industrial, marine and automotive. The majority of your workday will be spent working somewhat autonomously in the field so a strong knowledge of Cummins troubleshooting and repair processes is a must.

You will have the opportunity to earn above average wages working regular overtime.

Torque Power Diesel (Australia) Pty Ltd is a leading supplier of genuine and aftermarket Cummins spare parts and service for all segments of the heavy duty diesel engine market. Torquepower has built its name over 40 years and has the largest independent stock holding of Cummins parts in the South Pacific.

This is complemented by a fully equipped workshop and a unique integrated online shopping resource.The candidate we are seeking must have significant experience in troubleshooting and repair of Cummins engines and enjoy the challenge of working remotely on a diverse range of applications.

Cummins Technician – Skills

• Trade Certified Heavy Vehicle Commercial Mechanic
• Positive work ethic
• Strong customer focus
• Competent with Insite Diagnostics

If you believe you are the right person for this challenging Cummins Technician role please send your resume with cover letter to;

gm@torquepower.com 

General Manager – Torque Power Diesel (Australia) Pty Ltd

“Torquepower is an equal opportunity employer.”

www.torquepower.com.au

Govt approves almost $20M Landsborough Hwy upgrade

The Australian Government will deliver almost $20 million to upgrade and widen 24.8 kilometres of the Landsborough Highway, north of Longreach, Queensland.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project aims to improve safety for road users between Longreach and Winton on the highway.

“The Landsborough Highway is the main north-south route serving western Queensland, and I’ve seen for myself the poor condition of sections between Longreach and Winton, with an ageing surface and a number of safety issues,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government’s commitment to addressing these issues is just one way Queensland will reap the benefits of our record $75 billion investment in infrastructure nationwide, which is aimed squarely at helping unlock the potential of our regions in particular.”

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the works would support the region’s economy and communities.

“These upgrades are an investment in the productivity and prosperity of western Queensland communities by building stronger road surfaces, wider lanes and better flood immunity—particularly at Dingo Creek and other low-level crossings,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Freight traffic is forecast to double on this route, which makes these works critical to the future success of the grazing and resources industries and the safe and efficient movement of freight.

“The industries of northern Australia, including those in western Queensland, contribute billions to our national economy, and investing in these key arterial roads means they’ll be able to continue developing—creating jobs in our regions and cities, and fostering new and emerging industries for generations to come.

Works are expected to be completed on the joint Australian and Queensland government-funding project by mid-2020.

With thanks, Roads and Infrastructure Australia
Photo Credit – bouygues-construction.com.au

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MIDLIFE OVERHAULS CUMMINS K38 – V12 ENGINES NOUMEA.

Torquepower’s international field service team conducted a midlife overhaul on two Cummins K38 – V12 engines in Noumea.

 

A tropical French enclave, New Caledonia is located in the second biggest coral reef in the world 1500 kms east of Australia in the heart of the South Pacific, and is made up of four archipelagos and 33 islands.

 

The Laura III is a 2300 tonne cargo vessel that flies a New Caledonia Flag and has a home port in beautiful Noumea. Built in 2009, the vessel is a drive-on, drive-off island trader which freights containers, cars and trucks between the islands.

 

Specification wise, Laura III is a Heavy Load Carrier with a length of 78.1m and a beam of 16m. She draws just 3 metres and has recorded a maximum speed of 14 knots.

 

As you read this, Laura III is likely to be steaming along at 10 knots in a pleasant 23 degrees between the islands, powered by 2 impressive Cummins K38 engines each producing 1350HP.

But last week all was quiet as the Torquepower service team flew out from Brisbane to carry out a 6000 hour mid-life service on the engines in the vessel’s home port. The Tahitian crew had organised a scheduled shut down for just a week so the pressure was on!

 

Says Michael Mercer, one of Torquepower specialist technicians: “ The midlife service had us replacing turbos, water pumps, fuel pumps and injectors. We carried out a full overhead adjustment for each engine, replaced thermostats, resealed the heat exchangers, replaced hoses and supplied fresh engine fluids.
The engines were really well presented and their condition was a credit to the engineers on board the Laura III. We were able to commission each engine following the works but we couldn’t carry out a sea trial because of the sheer size of the boat.”

 

“It was hot and muggy at around 36 degrees with 100% humidity. We drank eighteen 1.5 litre bottles of water in 4 days . Yes, we would have liked to jump in the water to cool off, but with a big fish works at the nearby Port, diving crews had lookouts for tiger sharks to protect the antifouling crew. We had great help from both the Chief Engineer and Second Engineer, they were cluey; there was a bit of a language barrier both ways but we were able to work around that without a problem.“

 

“From what we could see there are three ports in Noumea, one for Cruise ships, one for freight and shipping and one for the nearby Nickel Mines. We worked 7am till 6pm, long days, but when we were waiting for a heat exchanger to arrive, we had a quick dip in Anse Veta Bay. “

 

A local company antifouled and repainted the hull and blasted the bilge tanks while the Torquepower team completed the work on the engines. They were ably assisted by the crew (pictured ) Ghislain Drayton ( Superintendent); Norbert Natua ( Head Engineer) ; Karl Kaimukpo ( Cheif Mate); Bob Tearaimoana (2ndEngineer ); Sylvain Uedre ( 3rd Engineer) and Manava Paepaetaata ( Oiler ).
Torquepower Workshop Manager Carl Bickle, who also travelled over to assist with the repairs adds: “They really were a great bunch of guys to work with. It was a difficult job, but with a big engine room and a genuinely helpful crew, the work was made easier than it would otherwise have been.

 

The highlight for me was definitely the start-up; after some long hot days, the engines ran sweetly and I knew we were good to go home. “
https://www.torquepower.com.au/field-service/ 0732778277 170 Beatty Road, ARCHERFIELD AUSTRALIA

$64.8 million Perth interchange project..

Industry has been invited to express interest in $64.8 million Perth interchange project – the third and final upgrade to Wanneroo Road in Perth’s north – the Wanneroo Road-Ocean Reef Road interchange project

 The works will require design and construction of a bridge at the Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Road intersection, traffic signalised on and off ramps, drainage improvements and the realignment of paths and pedestrian crossing points.

The project forms part of the $2.3 billion Federal-State infrastructure package, which supports 17 new projects around Western Australia.

The previous works on Wanneroo Road include the widening of Wanneroo Road to Flynn Drive, which is under construction, and the upgrade of the Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive intersection, which is currently in the planning phase.

Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the three upgrades to Wanneroo Road will be integral to the growing northern suburbs communities. 

“Traffic volumes on both Wanneroo and Ocean Reef Roads are expected to grow rapidly as Perth’s northern suburbs continue expanding,” Ms. Saffioti said.

“Upgrading the intersection will relieve pressure on the existing road network and create more efficiency, which in turn, will support economic activity in the area.

“These Wanneroo Road upgrades, along with the METRONET rail extension to Yanchep, will ensure the northern suburbs will have the right transport infrastructure to match its growth.” 

Construction on the project is expected to begin in late 2018, with completion due in late 2019.

With thanks , Road & Infrastructure Australia. Photo credit – www.plantminer.com.au  and Main Roads WA

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