Bundy Boy does well with Cummins at Torquepower – Since 1978

GOOD MORNING BUNDY !! If you’re a CUMMINS OPERATOR in BUNDABERG, MONTO, CHILDERS, and… well anywhere in AUSTRALIA –  we’ve got you! Even for hard-to-get parts, depend on TORQUEPOWER. Ken Roberts, our Director is A BUNDY BOY TOO!

We have the largest independent Cummins Engine Parts stockholding, and we offer Genuine choice – that’s the Torquepower difference! Order at https://shop.torquepower.com.au/#About or Call 0732778277 #torquepower #cummins #bundy #agriculture #forestry #bundaberg #monto #childers #rockhampton TORQUEPOWER – Cummins specialists Since 1978.

Grab the yabby net and get the 4WD adventure-ready

WAY OUT WEST, it’s time for adventure. Grab the yabby net and get the 4WD adventure-ready with a well-priced Donaldson 4WD FILTER KIT, Oils, Purosil Hoses and clamps from TORQUEPOWER. Call 0732778277 or order at www.torquepower.com.au | 170 Beatty Road, Archerfield Q | FREE DELIVERY to 30 km! #4WD #Landcruiser #Prado #Hilux #donaldson #torquepower #Cummins #outback – A lazy 1200 kilometres west of Brisbane, Kilcowera Station offers a 60-kilometre scenic route around the property, gorges and nearly 200 bird species. Cardenyabba Lagoon is a top spot for a waterfront campsite. Check out the lagoon from the complimentary kayak and you won’t want to visit Kilcowera without a yabby net; the lagoon is full of them. https://unsealed4x4.com.au/10-of-the-best-outback-station-stay-experiences/

Cummins buys Jake Brake

Jake Brake comes home

We think this story should be called “ Jake Brake comes home”. The Jake Brake was originally invented by Clessie Cummins. But holding it in-house, made it unlikely that they could use the technology to develop and sell Jake Brakes to other OEMs like Caterpillar, Detroit, Volvo and Mack – which they did. So, Cummins sold the product or the company Jacobs Vehicle Systems. Cummins Inc has now announced the signing of an agreement to (again) acquire Jacobs Vehicle Systems (JVS), currently a subsidiary of Altra Industrial Motion Corp.

The Jake Brake, and why we love them

The driver-controlled compression release brake system (Jake Brake) temporarily turns the engine into an air compressor. Instead of recovering the energy consumed by the compression stroke, the compression brake system then deletes the following power stroke. This results in a substantial braking force generated entirely within the engine cycle and transmitted to the road wheels via the engine pistons, connecting rods, crankshaft and drive train.

This technology has saved wear and tear on brakes the world over, greatly extending their service life. More importantly, by reducing the friction and reliance on the foundation (wheel) brakes during long downhill stretches, the Jake brake keeps them from overheating and failing when the truck driver needs them most. To understand how the Jake Brake works see – https://youtu.be/HkfjCJClWVA

Clessie Cummins nearly loses his life and is inspired to develop the Jake Brake

It all started when the founding father of U.S. diesel engines nearly lost his life due to failing brakes and an inopportune train schedule. Ninety years ago, Clessie Cummins, founder and namesake of the engine manufacturer, Cummins Inc., along with two compatriots, hopped in a diesel truck specially outfitted with bunks, storage and stove for an incredulous journey across America to test the endurance of diesel trucks.

That 3,214-mile trip from New York to California trailblazed the way for every long-haulier who followed, all for the fuel cost of $11.22, or $194.15 in today’s dollars. But it almost cost Cummins his life. Dashing down the Cajon Pass on the old Route 66 in California, which has an apex of 3,777 ft. above sea level, Cummins saw a train roaring across the road below. As the legend goes, he barely missed T-boning the caboose as the truck crossed the tracks. In the decades that followed, Cummins kept that near-miss — and how to avoid another — close to his heart.

“In the ’50s, when he finally retired from Cummins, he spent some time working on that and trying to figure out how to turn the engine into some sort of compressive brake,” explained Steve Ernest, then vice president, Engineering and Business Development for Jacobs Vehicle Systems, the company that formed in 1961 to commercialize the braking innovation.

Torquepower, proud to be part of the Cummins story since 1978 https://www.torquepower.com.au #torquepower #cummins #jakebrake — at Torque Power Diesel Australia Pty Ltd.

5 tonne Cummins V16-K50 for South Pacific

Torquepower has recently delivered on the successful overhaul of a 5 tonne Cummins V16-K50, a 50 litre engine for one of our key export partners.

Overhaul of an engine of this size is outside of the materials handling capability of the Torquepower Service Department so delivery of the work became a collaboration between Torquepower and a longstanding partner in DEAS Pty Ltd.

DEAS is a heavy engine overhaul and dyno-testing facility whose primary focus is Detroit Diesel products, however, the company has successfully completed a great many overhauls of other larger engines including Cummins, Cat and MTU in its purpose-built facility at Salisbury, Brisbane.

DEAS welcomed the opportunity to work with Torquepower on this project. The completed engine was dyno-tested in the final customer’s presence and a video of the testing and test results were provided for his records.

With its huge range of Cummins spare parts and its ability to interpret, source and resource all of the necessary products for the work, it made good sense for Torquepower to work with another like-minded professional service provider to deliver the solution for the customer. The overhauled engine will be returned to its home in the South Pacific where it will be reinstated at a mine site to provide prime power for the enterprise.

Torque Power Diesel (Australia) Pty Ltd (Trading As Torquepower)
is a longstanding specialist diesel parts and service Company based in Brisbane, Australia.
https://www.torquepower.com.au/

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

CLESSIE CUMMINS INCORPORATES CUMMINS ENGINE COMPANY

It’s not known exactly when, but the first diesel engine that Clessie Cummins saw was probably in 1917 or 1918, and likely made under license from the R.M. Hvid (pronounced Veed) Company. In the early 20th century, a Dutch man named Jan Brons invented a four-cycle, compression-ignition engine and was granted a European patent in 1907. The Brons engine did not use pressurized injection, which would prove to be a technical barrier for practical diesels.

 

Using that engine as a basis, an American named Rasmus Martin Hvid in 1915 patented an “oil injection device” and a “hydrocarbon engine governor.” The first engines built under those patents were made by the Hercules Engine Company of Evansville, Indiana and marketed by Sears-Roebuck for stationary use under the Thermoil brand.

 

Hvid licensed others, including Cummins, to handle any production needs that couldn’t be handled by Hercules. By then William Irwin was an official with the U.S. Department of Commerce, which may have helped in securing the license. Intellectual property in hand, with $10,000 from Irwin, Clessie Cummins incorporated the Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana in 1919.

 

Cummins produced its first licensed diesel engine, an 8-horsepower stationary unit, the following year. They didn’t sell many, but it brought in enough revenue to stay in business. Cummins worked on improving the performance of the Hvid engine, simultaneously working on his own original diesel designs.

 

It was a roller-coaster startup, with Sears initially ordering thousands of engines, only to return many of them and cancelling the remaining order. Cummins company lore puts the blame on cheap farmers, who bought the engines, used them for a season, then returned them for refunds. A more likely reason is that the Hvid Thermoil engines just didn’t work very well. That’s evidenced by other historical data and by the fact that Clessie Cummins diligently worked to improve them.

With thanks, Ronnie Schreiber, The Truth About Cars.

Torquepower, working hard for 40 years to support the owners and operators of Cummins powered equipment right across Australia and the South Pacific. https://www.torquepower.com.au/

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

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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

www.torquepower.com.au

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