Interstate Drought Logistics

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has highlighted the need for regulatory common sense on interstate drought logistics at a summit in Canberra. The harmonised rules for transporting fodder across state borders during the drought should be expanded and made permanent, ATA chair Geoff Crouch says. Crouch was speaking after attending the National Drought Summit in Canberra.

 

“The drought summit was incredibly positive, and I want to thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack for bringing us all into one place,” Crouch says.

 

“To make Australia more drought resilient, governments need to remove the unnecessary barriers that stop the efficient and productive movement of stock and feed over large distances. “Governments have taken an important first step by harmonising the rules for transporting baled commodities like fodder.

 

“The message I got from the summit is that governments now need to consider further rule changes to help in both this drought and future droughts.”

The national body says governments should:

 

Harmonise and free up the rules for loading and transporting livestock across state borders

 

Enable fodder and feed to be transported at higher mass limits in NSW without the need for IAP vehicle tracking

 

Review the fit to load rules, because drought affected livestock may be in poor condition

 

Subject to a safety assessment, continue the harmonised transport rules after the drought to increase the productivity of the farm and road freight transport sectors and eliminate delays in responding to future droughts.

 

Crouch says that ATA member associations such as NatRoad and ALRTA, as well as the NSW Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers’ Association, were doing a great job representing rural transporters through the drought.

Torquepower is proud to support Drought Angels. As a major sponsor to this cause, we encourage our friends to join with us in supporting Drought Angels by contributing whatever you can manage, at this link https://www.droughtangels.org.au/donations/

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Kenworth Aussie US needs different

Kenworth T910 Design Hints? The new Kenworth W990 video has stunning views of Nevada’s Mojave Desert,  bridges and a mighty good -looking truck. The story shows an interesting comparison – Aussie and US trucking needs are different .

The big prime mover with a long bonnet. It is an owner driver favourite. However, due to the low GCM rules in North America and the smooth interstates, the size of the truck is more important than the tough hardworking components underneath, like chassis, suspension and driveline.

If both markets prefer a big rugged prime mover design, but have different requirements for the task it needs to handle, then it would be logical to amortise the cost of developing a new cabin and bonnet for such a truck across as many markets as possible. The cabin and bonnet for the US could well end up as the basis for the design of the planned T910.

This is where we come to the W990, released by the Kenworth organisation in Las Vegas this week. The truck looks the business with the big highway cabin with the high sweeping cabin roof going back over sleeper options on 40 inch, 52 inch and 76 inch cabins. Underneath is a different story, it offers the kind of thing the long haul US truckie longs for, a low ride lightweight chassis, a Paccar MX 13 litre engine and the Paccar own-brand AMT.

This is very different from the heavy duty reinforced chassis, 18 speed gearbox, heavy duty diffs and 46,000lb plus rear end, which would be on the specification lists for many Kenworth buyers here in Australia. There’s no reason why an adaptation of the W990 cabin and bonnet couldn’t sit on top of these components, however.

The video gives us a good idea of how the Kenworth designers are thinking and the kind of components at their disposal when creating the W990 for the US. From the video, photos and limited technical data available at the launch, we can only surmise exactly what we will get and what we won’t.

The basic shape of the front section of the cabin look to be one of the items which will carry over, as does the cabin dash layout. The sleeper designs are likely to be different for Australia, our roads are way too rough for these US cabins to survive. With thanks, Diesel News

 

Drought Angels

Torquepower is proud to support Drought Angels – a small charity run by big hearted people who are passionate about our farmers and passionate about keeping them on the land. Like many of our colleagues and friends, we are deeply concerned for the well being of farmers particularly those in our local states of Queensland, NSW. Many are now without sufficient food and water to sustain their animals, and some families struggle to feed themselves. Such is the impact of the worst drought in the region for many decades.

As a major sponsor to this cause, we encourage our staff and customers to join with us in supporting Drought Angels by contributing whatever you can manage, at this link https://www.droughtangels.org.au/donations/ There are simple ways you can help in the supply of everyday essentials for farm and family – for example by a straight forward donation, with Prepaid Visa Cards or by creative fundraising. Remember that every donation of $2 and over is tax deductible.

 

IT’S OUR 40TH YEAR – OUR PEOPLE KNOW SERVICE

IT’S OUR 40TH YEAR – OUR PEOPLE KNOW SERVICE .
Russell Grant spent 22 years retailing floor coverings before he came to Torquepower. “ I had to know service. It’s not easy running a small business. I had to understand stock control and cash flow, and practical, sensible approaches to overcoming problems. We had to be accurate and we needed to despatch products in the most protective and cost-effective way. In short, if a customer wasn’t happy, I had to fix it. “
 
“Here at Torquepower, I pick parts, communicate with transport companies in despatch, carry out parts deliveries and photograph a huge range of parts for our online store. The difference with a smaller business, like mine and Torquepower, is that a family-business mentality keeps people caring better than elsewhere.
 
We don’t look for someone to blame, we do think about things. We become aware of an issue, we fix it, and we ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
“What I like most about Torquepower, is that we really do support each other and communicate and work together for good solutions. Everyone here has looked after me very well, by finding diverse tasks for me to do, that fits my experience. It’s great !
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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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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.

 

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.”

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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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