Lennie & Ginger Mick – Australian courage, hard work and the value of a dream.

“There’s something about facing adversity that really brings a people around* “       

(*Bernie Wheatley, Musician )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3z7RyDu4Tk)

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.

COVID-19 Response

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.

Yours Faithfully,

Ken Roberts
Managing Director

Merry Christmas from Torquepower

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 says ” Torquepower is our first choice for Cummins parts”

“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.

NKW HOLDINGS – MOROBE

You can rely on TORQUEPOWER . Make Torquepower your first choice for Cummins Parts – since 1978 | 170 Beatty Road, Archerfield, Qld.

New CPak Cummins engines for Manildra

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 .”

South Coast Track Repairs is 33 years old and looks after the giant Manildra flour mill and Ethanol plant.


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. “

Manildra Mill and Ethanol Plant – C Pak Fire Engines supplied by Torquepower


“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 Oils partners Vodafone Gold Coast 600

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.

Quality filtration gold in remote Asia

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.

For quality filtration parts and speedy reliable delivery make Torquepower YOUR FIRST CHOICE too. https://shopping.torquepower.com.au/#SearchBy

It’s our 40th Year ! 0732778277 | 170 Beatty Road, ARCHERFIELD QLD 4108. #torquepower #cummins #filtration #donaldson #dayco #baldwin

Invictus Athlete is Torquepower Hero

The Invictus Games in Sydney was mind blowing” says para-athlete Steve Fell. “Toronto was my first Invictus Games so it was special, but there were even more teams competing this time, including athletes from non-English speaking countries, like Jordan, Georgia, Estonia, as well as Canada, the USA and Great Britain. Pictured – Steve wears a Canadian Invictus Games shirt, in the spirit of celebration and comradeship, shirts were swapped, and friendships forged.

Steve and his team-mate won their first round of wheelchair tennis, and were subsequently beaten by the USA as Steve’s companion became unwell, going down with pneumonia. Steve then swam the freestyle leg in the 50 metre relay final. The swim teams are made up of two wheelchair athletes and two able bodied swimmers. Steve is proud to have been the last athlete to exit the pool on the last day ! He helped win the first wheelchair basketball game against Canada, and played for a bronze medal against the English team, but they were too good on the day.

“I’m really happy with how I played, and how we all interacted and encouraged each other. Four athletes from each nation were chosen to meet Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and I was one of them ! The highlight for me was watching all of the Australians compete, as a wheelchair basketball nation we have improved so much. The Homebush stadium in Sydney is great for wheelchair athletes and I was really pleased to try out the new OGO Segway-like wheelchair. It’s a NZ invention, and for half a day I got to fly around in it ! I’d love to have one of them one day !

“I was tired, and my pelvis and back hurt, but the only real injury was to my pride ! I was so involved watching the athletes at one point, my wheelchair toppled over, and 6 top policemen picked me up ! “, he laughs, “ but some good sleep, and now I’m back into it. ”

You can see Steve in his custom built Snap On Truck most days in the Archerfield area. Torquepower is proud to help Steve with Cummins parts and to be a part of his fan club ! Torquepower, celebrating 40 years – 170 Beatty Road, Archerfield 0732778277

https://shopping.torquepower.com.au/#About

 

 

FUEL PRICES and FUEL TIPS

OUTLOOK FOR FUEL PRICES & NATROAD FUEL EFFICIENCY TIPS

 

 

With diesel estimated to comprise 99 per cent of trucking and half of the commercial vehicle industry in Australia, according to the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (AAEP), the recent price trend at the pump has been an unwelcome sight for most operators.

And, with alternative fuels involving one or more economic or operational compromises, including “lower energy density, higher price, reduced driving range (or payload penalty), lower thermal efficiency, or limited availability (of trucks, fuel, or refuelling facilities)”, there may be no short-term magic bullet other than weathering the storm and eking out efficiencies within the supply chain.

That’s according to the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad), which sees no respite in sight due to domestic and international influences.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) cites a weaker Australian dollar (down from around 80 US cents in January to around 70 at present) and supply-side constraints, including the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cutting production by 1.2 million barrels a day since 2016, as placing upwards pressure on prices, which have risen by 15 per cent in that time.

That is combined with an upcoming initial public offering (IPO) of Aramco, the Saudi Arabian state-owned oil company, which is “reportedly targeting crude oil prices near $80 a barrel in preparation for the IPO”, NatRoad quotes Commonwealth Bank mining and energy commodities analyst Vivek Dhar. By comparison, a barrel was as low as US$35 in February 2016, the lowest it had been this century since the early 2000s.

TIPS FOR TRANSPORT

NatRoad has provided an information sheet with cost-saving and efficiency-maximising suggestions for operators to consider. They include:

Automation and technology: Regulating, automating and optimising manual processes can reduce staff requirements, centralise production operations to provide scale and control costs. Real-time software can help businesses better understand where trucks are going, the routes they are taking, and where opportunities for improvement lie.

Network optimisation: Opening or closing distribution centres or moving facilities to more optimal locations

Fuel management: Streamlining routes, making vehicles more aerodynamic, and considering perhaps more environmentally friendly fuel remixes or alternatives

Reducing idling time: Reducing the idling time of vehicles saves fuel while also reducing engine wear and associated maintenance costs, which will also help save costs. On average, service fleets idle somewhere between three to four hours a day. By simply reducing idle time, fleets can begin to see measurable cost savings

Shipping practices: Consolidating shipments between multiple brand owners can reduce costs and increase shipment density

Rightsizing: Identifying the right vehicle to the right driver is another way to rein in fuel costs. It’s about creating an alternative option to reduce fuel spend to have the right vehicle for the right application.

The ABC also notes fuel comparison apps like MotorMouth and GasBuddy can help find better deals, while independent chains tend to be cheaper.

While barrel prices reached a historical high of nearly US$150 in 2008 – albeit the Australian dollar was tracking at near parity with the American dollar then – Dhar doesn’t see prices quite reaching that level. He predicts prices won’t reach US$100 a barrel.

It proves little consolation for many transport industries, with additional factors such as the drought leaving many operators feeling the pinch in Australia.

“Fuel costs are a significant factor for all businesses operating in Australia’s freight logistics sector – across all modes of freight transport. Those costs end up feeding into all parts of the supply chain, and ultimately, into consumer prices,” Australian Logistics Council interim chief executive Lachlan Benson recently tells Fairfax.

Genuine Cummins Parts Clearance – at up to 85% OFF RRP will help you save costs. 

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With thanks, NatRoads

 

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/

Drought Angels