When Covid closed all the restaurants in 2020, it hurt the fishing industry.
All the big companies called and cancelled their orders, and Peter Lee of @Lee Fishing Company brought his fleet home and tied up for 6 weeks. “ It may not have been the best decision, but fuel is a huge cost to deep-sea fishermen. The water is 300 to 600 feet deep in places, and usually, we are about 50 miles offshore. The usual tour is a 35-night stint, with an initial 30 hours of travel, which means using up to 40,000 litres in 3 weeks.”
North of Cairns is the “mothership”, a 50-metre Sea Swift, with a million-litre diesel tank. It provides refuelling of all kinds including food and water for the crew.
“Torquepower rebuilt two KTA Cummins Engines for us. Excellent engines, and being out at sea, they need to be ! You can’t pull up at a marina out there for repairs. “
We overhaul them every 30,000 hours regardless. All the filters and parts come from Torquepower. We have a special connection with Torquepower. I can call anytime for help. Even when I need non-Cummins marine parts, Torquepower can source them for me quickly.
So what are the positives? – “ Well the Queensland Coast got a breather, as fishing totally closed down. Now the ocean is producing really well. A lot of product and lots of demand. I just can’t get enough to supply to Australian and Asian markets. After Covid, I downsized the fleet, got really efficient, and don’t personally go to sea anymore, but I still miss it. “
Since 2004 Torquepower has enjoyed a strong relationship with Progress Heavy Vehicles. Adrian and Annette O’Donnell are the new owners but are well known to each other, with an interlinked history. PHVR was formerly owned and operated by Peter Morgan – Workshop Foreman at Torquepower, and Adrian worked at Boral for 26 years with Peter Morgan.
“We look after everyday areas, like greasing right through to major trailer services. I’ve got a variety of good guys here with a diverse skill sets particularly with Cummins engines, they have good knowledge and Cummins experience.”
“My father taught me straight up what I didn’t want to do in life. He was a panel beater, and it was my job to help him after school. That definitely steered me away from panel-beating. He pointed out that there were a lot of trucks on the road and someone needed to look after them. “
When I came across this business, I knew it had a good history and reputation, and it suited me and my family to return to the diesel industry. Annette has skills in accounting and administration, and our two boys are diesel mechanics. “
“I believe the Family that works together, stays together. We also like to play around with motor racing, which has taken us all over Australia. The boys are Junior champions and now they are working their way up to the senior categories. Casey our youngest son won the 2020 Wingless QLD Title which was a huge achievement amongst a field of 35 cars and became the youngest QLD Champion in history with this win. We love Speedway racing. The family gets right into it. Everyone has an important role, enjoys it and we get some good results. It’s pretty handy to have a family of mechanics, plus of course, Dad does the panels. “
“Torquepower looks after our Cummins Parts supply, everything from gaskets to water pumps and so on. Torquepower has a great availability of – parts any issues we work together to get the customer back on the road sooner. “
The best way wToquepower can support companies like Progress is with on-time parts supply, the right parts every time; and tech support. It’s all about getting the customer back on the road in a timely manner.
It’s been a challenging yet successful 2020, and we appreciate the support our customers, friends, and team members continue to show us. We are grateful to be an all-Australian business in a beautiful country that we are enjoying seeing more of. May you have a relaxing and safe holiday season, and we will see you back fresh in 2021.
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“There’s something about facing adversity that really brings a people around* “
(*Bernie Wheatley, Musician )
It is 1932 and John Bradfield is spanning the Sydney Harbour, there is economic depression, unemployment is at 32%,and Australians are learning to be frugal; stretching the family budget with casseroles and soups; and in Leongatha in outback Victoria an amazing little bloke called Lennie Gwyther has taken over ploughing the family’s 24 fields after Dad ,‘ Captain’ Leo, breaks a leg. Young Lennie is fascinated with the engineering and construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and as a reward he is invited to the opening.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is famously held together by six million Australian-made hand-driven rivets, the last being driven through the deck on 21 January 1932. The rivets were heated red-hot and inserted into the plates. The arch is composed of two 28-panel arch trusses arch and has a span of 504 m and its summit is 134 m above sea level ( expansion of the steel structure on hot days can increase the height of the arch by 18 cm!) The bridge building coincided with the construction of a system of underground railways in Sydney’s CBD, known today as the City Circle, and the total weight of the steelwork of the bridge, including the arch and approach spans, is 52,800 tonnes. The bridge was regarded as a triumph over Depression times, earning the nickname “the Iron Lung”, as it kept many Depression-era workers employed.
Today we may think twice about allowing a 9 year old child to ride their bike to the shops. To consider a solo horseback journey by a nine-year old boy accompanied by his horse, Ginger Mick, foaled on exactly the same day as Lennie was born , of 1,000-kilometres to watch the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, carrying nothing but his PJs, spare clothes, a toothbrush and a water bottle is amazing, and Australians were captivated by the story. On the journey Lennie was set upon by “vagabonds, crossed a bush fire, and met the Prime Minister. He arrived in Martin Place, accompanied by 25 police, and 10,000 cheering Sydney-siders. He and Ginger Mick, participated in the Royal Easter Show and paraded across the Sydney Harbour bridge in its opening. He rode an elephant at Taronga Zoo , met Don Bradman and brought home a signed crocket bat.
After his marvellous adventure, he rode home with a letter from the Mayor of Sydney and one Australian Pound, and returned to work on the farm. At 19, he enlisted in the Army, and was awarded the Military Cross and bar in 1916 and 1917. Later, Lennie commenced work as an engineer with General Motors’ Holden at Fisherman’s Bend, Victoria. He built a house for his mother, and had a lathe in the shed and he was always turning wood or making tools or tables.
Apart from being the youngest known person to make a solo equestrian journey of this magnitude, why does Lenny’s story affect us so greatly? He was a small boy, a hard worker with a love of construction and of adventure. At a time when the nation was struggling economically, his family took a risk, depending on the kindness of strangers along his journey. It reminds us of Australian courage, hard work and the value of a dream.
Our dream was not as captivating, or as daring, but at a time when we felt smaller Cummins operators weren’t being looked after as well as they should be, we formed Torquepower. We worked 24 hours a day some days, 7 days each week frequently; to establish a company that was always there to help keep your operation going. It’s only a tiny bit of Australian history, but we are motivated by the stories of Lennie and Ginger Mick, and all the other Australians who do us proud in difficult times.
As the uncertainties of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to evolve, we would like to share with you some of the key actions that Torquepower management is taking to ensure our staff remain safe, and that we maintain reliable and safe services for our customers.
By taking early and decisive steps to prepare for the projected spread of COVID-19, we are confident that we are doing our part to help minimise the impact and disruption to our customers.
Our Senior Management Team is monitoring the developing situation daily and will ensure our response is timely and proportionate to the level of spread and its likely impact on the business, our people and our customers.
The steps we have taken so far include: • Formalising our General Manager as our Coronavirus Response Coordinator who will report directly to me on all evolving threats. • Providing our staff with regular communication and updates designed to limit the spread of the virus • Creating a culture of infection control through raised awareness and support around personal and workspace hygiene. • Modifying our twice-daily customer delivery services to ensure minimum human contact occurs. • Bringing forward the release of a new interactive Torquepower Online store that will bring opportunities for customers to order remotely and have product delivered. This further assists with human separation. • Modifying our Sales Counter and Goods receipt areas to increase human separation. • Identifying and preparing to equip key staff to be able to temporarily work from home as required • Establishing contingency plans to maintain services and availabilities during times of significant and sustained absenteeism • Temporarily suspending infield sales activities • Providing employees with the latest Government updates • Optimising the use of internal technology for team meetings • Adapting to customer service process change requests wherever practical to do so.
Cummins engine and associated product supply and support is our primary company function and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure continuity of this service to our customers.
We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves and please do not hesitate to contact our General manager or myself directly should you have any questions.
Our 41st year has been great! Thank you for your support. Have a wonderful Christmas period with those you love, drive safely, and may 2020 be a prosperous and healthy one for us all !
H O L I D A Y T R A D I N G H O U R S Monday 23rd Dec – 8am to 4pm Tuesday 24th Dec – 8am to 4pm Weds 25th & Thurs 26th Dec – closed Friday 27th Dec – 8am to 4pm Saturday 28th – closed Mon & Tues 31st Dec – 8am to 4pm Wednesday 1st January – closed Thurs 2nd Jan & Fri 3rd Jan- 8am to 4pm Sat 4th Jan – 8.30am to 11.30am Monday 6th Jan – Normal business trading resumes
For emergency spare parts, please call Diego on 0407139571 Bruce on 0420767906 or Zac at 0437207170
“EXPAC is a dedicated procurement and export company that services the Pacific Island, specifically Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Island, Fiji and Noumea. PNG is our key area of business. We export a large range of motor vehicles and heavy vehicle parts to workshops in PNG and support a large fleet of passenger vehicles, heavy vehicles and buses to service our own sites in Papua New Guinea, and the landowner company, NKW Holdings.”
“The products we export are many and varied and include construction materials, electrical cabling and fit out materials, plumbing, toilets, sinks, really everything you can think of, and we freight by sea and air. “
“Torquepower has always been our first choice for Cummins support. They are helpful and knowledgeable, and their response time is the best in the industry. Torquepower understands our clients are in a remote area and don’t have a local garage or Bunnings. If our parts are wrong, or don’t turn up on time, it causes a lot of stress ! “
Barry Long, Procurement Officer, EXPAC Australia.
The three initials, N, K and W, are the initials of the three clans who are the traditional landowners, and manage the catering and camp management, logistics, building and construction and agriculture. NKW Fresh operates fresh produce collection depots in Kainantu, Wau and Lae and support them with highly efficient transport logistics. NKW Catering provides food for 1100 people living and working on the mine sites.
You can rely on TORQUEPOWER . Make Torquepower your first choice for Cummins Parts – since 1978 | 170 Beatty Road, Archerfield, Qld.
South Coast Track Repairs in Bomaderry is located 40 minutes south of Wollongong in Coastal NSW, and say they do anything to do with pulling a machine apart and fixing it. Dave is parts and sales manager, and says “ there is nothing , diesel or petrol; that we don’t do .”
The CPAK 6B150 engines supplied by Torquepower will be fitted as fire pumps in the fire room at the Manildra Mill and Ethanol Plant. Dave explains the unfortunate story of the old engines.
“The old ones cooked themselves. They ran at full revs for a long period of time, but no one knew that the water hose externals that feed and cool the engines were accidentally turned off. It was a very expensive mistake.
We are looking forward to seeing the brand “newbies” – built to spec by Cummins. We will install them. These are beautiful machines, we don’t see much new stuff like that here. “
“When I worked in Cutting Edges in Sydney and Newcastle for 10 years, I had a good working relationship with Zac, who is now at Torquepower. We are very happy with Torquepower, both the service, and with how quickly everything was done. They turned the order around in about a week and a half. And that’s pretty much how quickly things need to work for a big company like Manildra. ]
Zac was very patient with us. He quoted for this job back in February, so it was a long drawn-out process. We’re going to be installing them next week. There is a bit to be done pulling the old equipment stuff down out of the mill. Then I’m off to Hawaii for a holiday with the family including my two girls 3 and 7.
There’s not much time with work and family, but when I do get some me-time it’s on my R1 Sports Bike. “
Make Torquepower your first call for a new engine whether it be On Highway, Off Highway or a Marine application – It’s our 41st year . 0732778277 | 170 Beatty Road, Archerfield Q 4108.
Total shows passion for Supercars by becoming the Official Lubricant Partner of the Vodafone Gold Coast 600
Total Oil Australia is excited to announce their partnership with Supercars by becoming the Official Lubricant Partner of the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 race in October 2019. Total Lubricants have a long history in motorsport both globally and also in Australia.
Involvement in motorsport is a large part of Total’s brand presence in Australia, allowing them to showcase their ongoing support and commitment to the Australian lubricant market. 2019 is an exciting year for Total Oil Australia as it is marks their first step into the prestigious Supercars racing category – the most popular motorsport category in the country. Supercars are equally excited with the partnership opportunity.
Exceeding All OEM Standards.
Torquepower is a proud distributor of TOTAL high-performance lubricants including fully synthetic oils designed for your heavy-duty diesel engine. TOTAL Oils are configured to meet EPA 2007 and Euro 4/5 mission regulations for your engine. TOTAL advanced lubricant solutions include oil, grease, coolants, brake and hydraulic oils; utilised in earthmoving, farming, marine, industrial, and automotive on-highway applications.
“We are delighted to welcome Total Oil Australia as the Official Lubricant Partner of the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 this year. It is fantastic for us to have such a global and iconic brand involved in the sport and the event”, says Jamie Black, General Manager Commercial, Supercars.
The partnership will see full Total Lubricants branding on the track’s infamous beach chicane, where all the action and excitement will take place. “Total is synonymous with Motorsport around the world, having being part of some of the greatest victories in our global partnerships with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, World Endurance Championships and World Rally Championships. We are proud to be the Official Lubricant Partner where key attributes of performance and endurance in our products are showcased in the sport.” said Andrew Murchie, Managing Director of Total Oil Australia
To see Total Oil Australia and the Supercars Series partnership in action and all the excitement on track, tune in to the Supercars Vodafone Gold Coast 600 race, October 25-27.
Torquepower is assisting a major mining trade partner by supplying quality filtration products for heavy duty haul trucks and mining equipment in one of the World’s most remote areas.
The mine is one of the most exciting developments in copper and gold mining in the last several decades. It contains enough reserves to cement its status as one of the largest known copper and gold deposits in the world.
Nowhere is too distant for Torquepower , Major distributors for Fleetguard, Donaldson & Baldwin filtration products.
Northern Asia is a cold, large and sparsely populated area. Residents have, for hundreds of years, relied on nomadic herding and animal husbandry.
Torquepower is proud to be part of a project which is bringing prosperity to the area.
Nowhere is too distant, nothing is too hard! If you have filtration requirements, Torquepower can make it happen.
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