In hot and humid Port Moresby, Torquepower brings a D65 back to life
Thanks to Torquepower, we have a detailed report and a step by step plan to ensure the D65 and the excavator are functional and productive in the very near future. There are many opportunities for Torquepower in Papua New Guinea. I am personally satisfied with the results of Torquepower’s inclusion.” Robert Dellman, Operations Manager ,PNG Concrete Aggregates.
From Killarney to Port Moresby, the adventure continues.
In a magazine story, we reported on a Torquepower field service technician traveling to the gorgeous Melrose Station at Killarney to repair a Komatsu D65 Bulldozer.
Far away in a very hot and humid Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, PNG Concrete Aggregates Operations Manager Robert Dellman read the Blues Country story, thoughtfully looked over at their own inoperable D65 and called Torquepower. So began a week-long adventure.
Torquepower’s Neil Bird knew he was far from home when ten minutes after arriving at the worksite, his backpack with the communication leads between laptop and the engines he was there to diagnose went missing. After a 500 kina ($260 ) reward was posted, the items were found and returned next day and the work began. Neil optimistically accepted Roberts challenge of bringing back to life a Hyundai LC450 Excavator with a failed ECM along with the main objective of the visit, the D65 dozer.
PNG Concrete Aggregates were originally using the excavator to dig out rock from one of their 4 quarries, which produce both mountain and river gravel. They run a surprisingly sizeable operation. The majority of their customers are civil construction companies building housing projects, offices, supermarkets, concrete pylons, an overpass/flyover project, a sports stadium and a six lane freeway in preparation for the 2015 Pacific Games. They also deliver ready mixed concrete all over Port Moresby. With a fleet of over 80 heavy equipment vehicles, maintenance is always going to be an issue.
Reports Torquepower’s Neil Bird, “Whilst it was hot work, I had a really good time and enjoyed the satisfaction of getting the machines running. The customer was chuffed that I could start the D65 after many failed attempts by others. This allowed a more accurate and educated decision on its future which will be to replace the engine, rather than attempt to overhaul it.”
“PNG is a beautiful place, the people were so helpful and friendly, very much like Australian country folk, everyone shakes hands, and not once did I feel unsafe. I am absolutely looking forward to going back to fit the new engine and complete the work on the excavator. I know more about the business and can plan for it. There is also a large demand for Cummins engine experience in general around PNG from all reports.”
Robert Dellman of PNG Concrete Aggregates has the last humorous word, “ Neil proved that he is not just a pretty face… in fact he’s not even that! Thanks to Neil we have a detailed report and a step by step plan to ensure the D65 and the excavator are functional and productive in the very near future. There are many opportunities for Torquepower in Papua New Guinea. I am personally satisfied with the results of Torquepower’s inclusion.”
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