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1st April, 2019

Tranzmile Burnett's Official Opening & Trade Show is going to be packed full of exception One-Day Only deals. Thanks to Fleetguard, to celebrate Tranzmile Burnett's Official Opening & Trade Show, we have Buy 3, Get 4 on all Fleetguard filter kits*. That means when you buy 3 filter kits, you'll get the 4th for free!

 Fleetguard Openday

Week10 4WD

Week10 HD

Week10 LCA 

*Conditions

Free filter kit must be equal or lowest value of the invoiced goods. Only valid on invoices booked on Saturday, 13th April, 2019. Not available on previously booked/completed invoices. Free filter kit is not exchangable for a cash refund, account credit or discount on other items. Free filter kit must be returned if any filter kit used to redeem the special is also returned for credit. Offer is only available on Fleetguard Filter Kits. Limited stock available.

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You'll find Tranzmile Burnett at our new location at 4 Barron Park Drive, Kingaroy.

27th March, 2019

Join us to celebrate our brand new premises at Tranzmile Burnett on Saturday, 13th of April from 8am til Noon.

We'll have huge bulk pallet deals, stands from your favourite parts supplier's (like Narva, Fleetguard, Alemlube and Meritor), kids' colouring-in competition, coffee van for a fresh cup, our local Scouts will be serving up delicious food from the BBQ and much more on. 

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You'll find Tranzmile Burnett at our new location at 4 Barron Park Drive, Kingaroy.

1st March, 2019

Nick Radford was completely surprised when told his 1990 Mack Valueliner had been voted the Owner//Driver Tranzmile Truck of the Year for 2018.


This was the inaugural running of the Tranzmile-sponsored award, and the other 11 contenders of various makes and models were of a much more recent vintage.


However, Nick was even more impressed when he was presented with the shiny and substantial trophy at his Radford Pastoral property at Penola in South Australia a few days later.


For more on the 2018 Truck of the Year, see the March edition of Owner Driver.

TTOTY Nick Radford

 

26th February, 2019

Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) Approvals represent the toughest and hardest level of oil specification available. Not to be confused with “recommendations” or “meets specifications of” often used by many oil brands.

To gain OEM Approval on any oil product, it must pass strict tests and procedures as specified by the OEM. The full process can cost millions of dollars and must be repeated for each lubricant type. Is your fleet’s oil OEM Approved or just “Recommended For”?

Q8 Oils have put the hard yards in, and have hundreds of OEM Approvals on the full range of their oils. So there’s no excuse to put high quality, OEM Approved oils in your fleet.

Engine Oil

T 750 15W/40

T 750 15W40
Industry Specifications
• ACEA E7
• API CI-4/SL/CF
OEM Approvals
• MB 228.3
• Volvo VDS-3
• Renault VI RLD & RLD-2
• MAN M3275-1
• Deutz DQC III-10
• MACK EO-N
• MTU Type 2

T 760 10W/40 & 15W/40

T 760 10W40
Industry Specifications
• ACEA E9
• API CJ-4/SN/CF
• JASO DH-2
OEM Approvals
• MB 228.31
• Volvo VDS-4
• Renault RLD-3
• Mack EO-O Premium Plus
• MAN 3575
• MTU Type 2.1
• Cummins 20081(15W40 Only)
• Deutz DQC III-10LA

Formula Truck 7000 15W/40

Formula Truck 7000
Industry Specifications
• ACEA E9
• API CK-4/CJ-4/CI-4+/CI-4
• JASO DH-2
OEM Approvals
• MB 228.31
• Volvo VDS-4.5
• Renault RLD-4
• Mack EO-S 4.5
• MTU Type 2.1
• Cummins CES 20086
• Deutz DQC III-10LA

Transmission/Gear Oil

T 55 80W/90 & 85W/140

T 55 80W90

Industry Specifications
• API GL-5
OEM Approvals
• MB 235.0
• Eaton 2053,6007
• Eaton/Fuller 2052
• MAN 341 M1
• Volvo 97310

TO-4 SAE10/30/50

TO 4 10W
OEM Approvals
• CAT TO-4
• Allison C-4
• ZF TE-ML 03C, 07F (30W only)
• Komatsu Micro-Clutch
• Eaton /Fuller
• DANA

Axle Oil XG 80W/140

Axle Oil XG
Industry Specifications
• API GL-5/GL-4/MT-1
• SAE J2360/ MIL-PRF-2105E
OEM Approvals
• Scania STO 1:0 (extended drain)
• ZF TE-ML 05A, 12M, 16D, 21A

Gear Oil XG 80W/90

Gear Oil XG
Industry Specifications
• API GL-5/GL-4
• SAE J2360 (PRI GL 0208)
OEM Approvals
• Scania STO 1:0 (extended drain)
• MAN 341 Typ E2/Z2
• MAN 342 Typ M2
• ZF TE-ML 02B, 05A, 12L, 12M, 16B, 17B, 19B, 21A

Want to find OEM Approved Lubricants for your fleet?

Just call us on (07) 33 444 156 and we'll do the hard work for you.

25th February, 2019

We're excited to show everyone Betts Transport's immaculate Mack Super-Liner. Optioned bespoke with a 60" sleeper cab, mDRIVE transmission, and all the options you can think of.

Read about it here.

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22nd February, 2019

Our latest catalouge has just hit the shelves, and it's packed full of bargains and information!

Fleetguard

Purchase any 4WD Filter Kit and recieve FREE Fleetguard swag.

Narva

Great prices on toolbox essential electrical tools, and bonus products on Deustch Connector Kits and Handyman Terminal Assortments.

OE Spares

Great everyday, low prices on a range of air brake valves to suit American and European applications.

ACCO Part Destination

We've highlighted some of our ACCO parts, as part of our huge range. Get in touch with us for your ACCO parts catalogue.

Q8 Oils

Is your fleet protected with OEM Approved oils? Q8 Oils' highlight the trust you get in your fleet's performance, only with OEM Approved products.

Bendix

Purchase any 8 (eight) sets of Protrans Brake Shoe Sets on one invoice, and get a BONUS Bendix Mechanics Seat.

Airbags

We've recently added another 4 brand new airbags into our already comprehensive stock of OE quality replacement airbags.

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15th February. 2019

Our Tranzmile South Burnett branch is moving locations!


We’ll be in a large and spacious warehouse just off Bunya Highway, on Barron Park Drive. We pride ourselves on having the largest showrooms, and our new location is the largest in Rural Queensland. We’re packing the new showroom to the brim with
expanded ranges on all the brands and products you love, and even some new ones. You can start shopping at our new location from Monday, 4th of March.

KMC Movingnews


As part of the move, we’ve officially changed names to Tranzmile South Burnett. While we won’t be trading as Kingaroy Machinery Centre, the same friendly faces are still here.

While we're in the transition phase between locataions, we have some huge discounts on stock so we don't have to take it with us. Some lines are up to 40% Off! Get into the store today and grab yourself a bargain.

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Stay tuned to our Facebook page for information on our grand opening event. With One-Day only deals, special guests and give-aways you don’t want to miss it!

31st January, 2019

We've kicked off this year with a killer Truck of the Month with Owne//Driver.

The Lakes' White is powered by a V12 diesel, and built to destroy tyres.

Read all about it here.

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Have a excellent Australia Day from the team at Tranzmile.

Happy Australia Day Timeline

 

23rd January, 2019

We're offering some unbelievable prices on our current stock of the MCT36-5 walk behind concrete trowel.

If you Buy 3 at only $999+ GST ea!

Or you can Buy 1 at only $1,100+ GST.

 

Call your local Tranzmile branch on 1300 442 142 and get your new Wacker fit-out.

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January 3rd, 2019

Bring in the new year with TomTom Telematics and Tranzmile. We're having a stock run out sale to make way for new things, and all TomTom Telematics currently in stock are now 40% Off RRP.

Call Tranzmile Wacol on 1300 442 142 to get your fleet upgraded now!

Tomtom 40Off Shopnow

TomTom PRO 8275 Truck V2 Pro 827X Front Truck Us Buy Now

 

TomTom PRO 8275 Pro 827X Front Driving View Us Buy Now

 

TomTom PRO 7250 Pro 7250 Buy Now

 

TomTom Link 105 Link 105 Front Angle Right Buy Now

 

TomTom RAM Mounts - Windscreen Mount for Bridge/PRO Ramb166tom1iu0 Buy Now

 

TomTom Video Dock/Cradle - For Bridge/PRO P411939 Buy Now

November 15th, 2018

Clein Group's immaculate Mack Titan is our November Truck of the Month with Owner Driver.

Read about it here

TTOTM Nov Social

Stay tuned for some exciting news about your favourite Tranzmile Truck of the Month very soon!

November 9th, 2018


Our huge Christmas Competition is now on online and in-store at Tranzmile Wacol.

We've got over $500 worth of gear from Fleetguard, Hendrickson,Supercharge and even a Sherrin Match football, drone with built-in camera, drink bottles and a firepit for cool summer evenings. 

To enter simply fill in your details here

Monthly Prize Nov Dec

 

November 1st, 2018

Novdec New Catalogue

 

Our latest catalogue has something for everyone, with our brand new Tranzmile DayTripper Truckers Bag, OE Hendrickson shocks, the Tranzmile LightWeight Brake Drums, LED Autolamps workshop inspection lamps (2 models) and our now classic Tranzmile mudflaps.
 
On the inside we have new product from Narva (new 180mm, super powerful driving lights and their “Audio Lamp” a must see and hear in person), deals from Uniden on CB Radios, air brake valves, HUGE range of airbags, workshop consumables and Supercharge Truck Master batteries.

Read it here

 

 

Q8 Moto SBK Racing Oil

October 17,2018

Long time employee and Chairman of his Touring and Enduro Motorcycle Club, Marc Deneef, has been with Q8 since 1980. He uses Q8 Moto SBK in his 1980 Suzuki Katana and saw the impressive results of the Q8 Oil quality on a recent inspection of his engine.

Marc tells Q8 Oils about his passion for motorcycles

My loves are my Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200cc which I use for my trips into the mountains, notching up 15,000 km/year, and my Suzuki GSX-R 600 for the track. My jewel is the Katana 1100 that I purchased new in 1982 and I have already travelled more than 198,000 km on it.

Via Q8 Oil Expert Platform

To read the story in full, click here.

This commitment to high quality and great outcomes extends to the full range of Q8 Oils. To see how Q8 Oils can help your fleet reduce repair bills, get in touch.

October Monthly Prize

October 10, 2018

 

We've got a kiler prize pack to give away this month.

- Hot Devil cooler bag

- Wacker Neuson bucket hat

- Western Star metal man-cave sign

- Western Star glass steins

- XXXX Gold 6 pack

To Enter

Simply click here and fill out the form for your chance to win.

Or if you're in-store, fill out the form at the counter.

October Monthly Prize

Wacker Neuson MTC36-5 - Now in Stock

September 13, 2018

Chopper, Heli, Helicopter or Concrete trowel. Whatever you call them, the new Wacker Neuson MCT36-5 could soon become your new go-to trowel.

The new Wacker Neuson MCT36-5 concrete trowel is a perfect trowel for those who are budget conscience, frequently replace equipment or looking at a great starting point to see what all the Wacker fuss is about.

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Versatility

Tranzmile stocks a wide range of service parts to suit all Wackers, including the MCT36-5.

The MCT36-5 comes with finishing blades as standard, but we also stock combo blades (5000079637) so you'll never be caught out.

We also keep filters, Fuchs two stroke oil (Fuchs Titan 2T S) and grease to keep everything operating exactly like it should.

Wacker Neuson MCT36 5 Combo Blades

 

Controls

You'll be spending enough time behind this chopper, so you'll be glad to know the classic Wacker ergonomics feature heavily in the MCT36-5.

The handle is height adjustable, so you'll never be caught out of position. It also features Wacker's "whale tail" ergonomically designed shape for low fatigue, and easy reach of the pitch control (0 - 15 degrees) and throttle.

 

Wacker Neuson MCT36 5 Handle

 

 

Power Plant

The MCT36-5 is equipped with a 4 stroke petrol Loncin engine, with 196cm3 of capacity.

The 196cm3 Loncin makes a stout 5.5 hp at 3,600 rpm, meaning you'll never run short of power.

Don't worry about being left in the dry when it comes to replacement parts or after-sales, we carry a full range of service parts to keep you and your business moving.

 

Wacker Neuson MCT36 5 Loncin Engine

 

 

If you're ready to start looking for a new chopper, heli or concrete trowel start with the Wacker Neuson MCT36-5, we guarantee you'll be impressed.

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September 11, 2018

Morgan Western Star 4900 2

Thanks to Owner Driver, we've selected our Tranzmile Truck of the Month for September.

Morgan Transport's Western Star 4900 and their fleet has a great story.

Read about it here 

August 23, 2018

As much as things change, they stay the same.

Below is an advertisement from 1920 for Fifth Wheels and Semi-Trailers. Looks like we've just refined the technique a little.

For modern fifth wheels and trailer components (that aren't made of wood), give us a call at Tranzmile

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By Martin Rocking Fifth Wheel Company - NYYSA History Collections (image link). Originally published in SYSTEM., Public Domain, Link

August 2nd, 2018

August Competition

It's the quickest and easiest way to score yourself some goodies at Tranzmile Wacol.

Simply pop into the store, make a purchase (can be on account or COD) and fill out the form to enter.

We draw the winner at EOD on the 31/8/18, so make sure you put your hand up to come into Tranzmile to pick up your order or grab something for yourself to enter.

August Competition Small

Includes

Tranzmile LED Light bar

Venta Off-Road Reverse/Work Lamp

Tranzmile Clock (not available for purchase)

6 Pack of XXXX Gold (to share when you get back to the workshop)

A Fresh Rear End

July 6th, 2018

Tranzmile Mudflaps Now in Stock!

Tranzmile Mudflaps

 

TM1009

  10" Drop x 9" Width   $5.50inc GST

TM1422

  14" Drop x 22" Width   $13.20inc GST

TM1524

  15" Drop x 24" Width   $16.88inc GST

TM1824

  18" Drop x 24" Width   $18.70inc GST

TM2424

  24" Drop x 24" Width   $19.50inc GST

TM3024

  30" Drop x 24" Width   $22inc GST

 

 

Call into your local branch to grab your own set today!

Run With The Black

MERITOR BLACK | AFTERMARKET DEDICATED

July 5th, 2018

For over 100 years Meritor has been the leader in truck axle and brake technology. Meritor axles and brakes are the first fit of choice across the globe for many of the world's leading truck brands. 


Their comprehensive range of brake shoe kits ensures Meritor have a brake shoe kit to fit your application whether it's truck, trailer or fleet. While the Euclid brand has been a member of our brake shoe kit family for a long time, as part of our exciting rebranding strategy and following the successful introduction of the Meritor Genuine branding for our KSMA range, we have decided to bring the Euclid Brake Shoe kit branding closer to home.

From July 1 2018 Euclid Brake Shoe Kits will be now be sold as Meritor Black.

Meritor Black Product Image

Meritor have taken this decision because they believe it will give customers fitting Meritor Black Brake Shoe kits the confidence of knowing they have a product 100% backed by a recognised global brake leader and one that has been specifically designed, to provide them with the safety, performance and durability they expect from the Meritor brand at a price that will keep them in the black.

RUN WITH THE BULL.

RUN WITH THE BLACK BULL

 

 

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We're Pro American Trucks

29th June, 2018

Tranzmile have a long history with haulers built and designed in the USA. But we've always had a soft spot for International branded trucks, built right here in Australia.

We're excited to sponsor not only a new International Truck, but the first Prostar to be delivered in Australia. This new model reinvigorates our relationship with International, that began way back with the 7300 and 7800.

For all your International Prostar service and maintenance parts, just get in touch with your local Tranzmile dealer. 

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Australia's First International Prostar via OwnerDriver.com.au

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Introduction to automatic transmission systems

Many drivers prefer a manual transmission system over an automatic transmissions system in their vehicle. And yet an automatic gearbox has a lot of advantages. In this article we list up the different automatic transmission technologies and compare them in terms of fuel efficiency, production cost and driving comfort.

What is an automatic transmission system?

Vehicles need a transmission to transfer the power from the engine to the drive shaft and the differential to let the wheels turn. The transmission varies the torque, the speed and the direction by changing the transmission ratios and enables the car to start with a high torque. An automatic gearbox, or automatic transmission system, is a gearbox which, after switching on the gear, does not require manual switching.

How does an automatic gearbox work?

There are different technologies used for the automation of transmission systems.

Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)

As the name indicates, Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) systems are built based upon manual transmission systems, but the switching and the operating of the clutch is automated. Vehicles with an AMT have no clutch pedal and no real gear lever. Additional actuators are mounted on the gearbox for opening and closing the clutch and switching the synchronization rings. The full process of opening the clutch, switching to a new gear, and closing the clutch is electronically controlled. The driver can choose for an automatic mode or a manual mode. In manual mode the driver can use paddles on the steering wheel or the gear lever to switch gears.

Benefits of AMT:

  • Additional functionalities like hill hold or launch control are possible
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Shorter switching times (compared to manual transmission)
  • Low production cost

AMT examples:

  • Selespeed (Alfa Romeo)
  • SMG (BMW)
  • Sensodrive (Citroën & Peugeot)
  • Allshift (Mitsubishi)
  • Quickshift (Renault)
  • Sequentronic (MB)
  • Easytronic (Opel)
  • MMT (Toyota)
  • Daimatic (Daihatsu)
  • Hondamatic (Honda)
  • NAVi5 (Isuzu)
Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)
Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)

Conventional Automated Transmission (AT)

Due to the controlled oil pressure in a conventional automated gearbox, the gear speed is switched to a higher gear speed. As soon as the car slows down, the gearbox returns to a lower gear and when the car stops, the gearbox automatically switches back to the lowest gear. At standstill, it is necessary to hold the brake, or to switch the car in the ‘N’-position (Neutral).

In modern gearboxes, the transmission module controls the pressure and the switching times based on a number of sensors (of the motor and transmission). As a result, the transmission responds faster and makes the switching more comfortable.

Similar to a manual gearbox, the conventional AT has a number of fixed gears between which can be shifted. An AT shifts by connecting couplings with certain axes on the gear system, the planetary system. Each axis has a different transmission ratio, resulting in different gears.

Shifting is performed automatically by hydraulics technology. A torque convertor transfers the driving power of the gearbox to the cardan shaft.

Benefits of AT:

  • Faster transmission response (compared to AMT)
  • Increased gear switching comfort (compared to AMT)
  • Proven technology
  • Good torque capacity

AT examples:

  • Tiptronic (Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche)
  • Steptronic (BMW)
  • G-Tronic (MB)
  • Q-Tronic (Alfa Romeo)
  • Matic (Nissan)
  • Cruise-O-Matic (Ford)
  • Powertech (Hyundai)
Conventional Automated Transmission (AT)

Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

The dual clutch transmission is a novelty introduced by Audi in the late nineties under the name of “DSG” (Dual Shift Gearbox). A Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) has two axles on which the gear system is fitted. One axle is used for the even gears, the other axle is used for the odd gears and the reverse gear, each with its own shift mechanism and clutch. The big advantage is that the next gear is always ready. When driving in the first gear, the other axle is inactive but instantly ready for use because it moves together with the active axle. This technology allows superfast gear-switching times.

Benefits of DCT:

  • Superfast, seamless gear switching
  • Increased gear switching comfort
  • Low fuel consumption

DCT examples:

  • DCT (BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Renault)
  • DSG (Audi, Volkswagen)
  • S-Tronic (Audi)
  • PowerShift (Volvo, Ford)
  • PDK (Porsche)
  • SpeedShift (MB)
  • Twinamic (Smart)
  • TCT (Fiat, Chrysler)
  • TC-SST (Mitsubishi)
Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)

Unlike manual or conventional automatic transmissions, the Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) does not interrupt the pulling force while switching. Because the CVT does not work with different gears, it accelerates smoothly. The heart of the CVT is the variator that exists of two sets of conic discs over which the belt is running. When the distance between the two disks is changed, the running radius of the belt will be adapted, allowing a seamless variable transmission ratio. A Continuous Variable Transmission is applicable for very high loads up to a torque of approximately 450 Nm.

Benefits of CVT:

  • Very good gear switching comfort
  • Good acceleration
  • Applicable for high loads

CVT examples:

  • Variomatic (DAF)
  • CVT (Chrysler, Jeep, Ford, Mitsubishi, Honda)
  • Multitronic (Audi, Seat)
  • M-CVT (Nissan)
  • SECVT (Suzuki)
  • E-CVT & HSD (Toyota)
  • LHD (Lexus)
  • Lineartronic (Subaru)
  • VTi (GM)
  • Autotronic (MB)
Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)
Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)

 

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Like to know more about Q8 Oils and the amazing range of products they produce, the quality control and research that they put into every product?

 

Check out this Corporate video which provides a great background.

 

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Q8Oils’ state-of-the-art blending plant in Antwerp is one of largest and most technically advanced lubricant production facilities in Europe. With a multi-million Euro investment just completed, the plant has a blending capacity which is scalable up to 250 million litres per annum. It enjoys excellent access to the UK and mainland Europe by highway, rail and sea. The river jetty can accommodate ships of up to 5,000 tonnes, and with 24 base oil and 42 additive tanks respectively, the plant can efficiently produce the widest range of finished lubricant products of any blending plant in Europe.

"the plant can efficiently produce the widest range of finished lubricant products of any blending plant in Europe"

Furthermore, the mega-blend vessel can manufacture batches up to 400,000 litres and the filling hall is equipped with both semi and fully automatic filling lines.

O8Oils’ stringent in-house quality control procedures and world-class technical development capabilities are additionally complemented by ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and RC 14001 certification.

 

 

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TomTom Telematics scoops Best Telematics System title at BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards

TomTom Telematics, a leading provider of advanced fleet management solutions, has won the Best Telematics System title in the 2015 UK BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards – the Techies.

As the only independent awards in fleet dedicated to technological innovation and excellence, the Techies are unique in rewarding those services, companies and products that best serve the business car marketplace.

The accolade, awarded on August 25, recognises the impact of OptiDrive 360, the company's next generation of WEBFLEET fleet management software, which empowers motorists to drive in a greener, safer style.

OptiDrive 360 provides drivers with best practice coaching on how to drive safely and efficiently before, during and after a journey. As well as giving instant feedback on harsh braking, speeding and cornering, it offers predictive driving advice using vehicle and map data to advise business drivers when to take their foot off the accelerator or shift gear, and what their optimum green speed should be.

The technology was developed following years of collaborative research with the EU ecoDriver Project.

“We were first to market with driver terminals which give direct feedback to business drivers and now we’ve raised the bar again with OptiDrive 360,“ said Giles Margerison, Director at TomTom Telematics.

“By scoring drivers on eight performance indicators, fleet managers can build up a highly accurate picture of driver behaviour which can then be used as the basis for performance reviews, training and driver benchmarking.“

BusinessCar Editor Paul Barker added: “This win in the Telematics category of the 2015 BusinessCar Techies illustrates the level of technical development TomTom’s OptiDrive 360 offers the corporate marketplace. The pioneering step of predictive advice for drivers on when to ease off for roundabouts or other hazards is particularly innovative and impressed the Techies judging panel on top of the host of useful and useable information for fleet managers.”

The Techies awards success comes hot on the heels of other recent wins for TomTom Telematics including the Belgium Fleet Innovation Award for OptiDrive 360 in June and Best Commercial Vehicle Systems Integrator at the TU-Automotive Awards in the US.

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New Queensland Transport Requirements

A number of our customers have reported that the Department of Transport has been fining road users for the use of umarked Shackles for towing purposes. These shackles are commonly used for towing caravans, boats or trailers for securing safety chains to the towing vehicle.

To view the August 2014 Safe Towing Guide please click here.

Interestingly, the Guide says:

""The Department of Transport and Main Roads recommends that the shackles used should meet Australian Standard AS 2741-2002 “Shackles”, or another equivalent recognised standard, and have a break load limit of the shackle is rated at least 1.5 times greater than the ATM of the trailer."

It goes on to say that you can identify a shackle that meets the AS standard by viewing its marking. It needs to clearly show the manufacturer name, quality grade and load rating.

Even though the guide says that this is "recommended" we have confirmation from a number of customers that they are being booked if the shackles do not have a clear manufacturer name, quality grade stamp, load rating and the AS number displayed.

All Tranzmile outlets, including Kingaroy Machinery Centre and Black Truck Sales outlets now stock a full range of shackles that meet these requirements.

 

 

 

 Shackles

Selecting The Right Grease

The application of grease can be at times very complex, although a little knowledge goes a long way. For example, in construction equipment the environment is harsh with water, dirt, poor seals and heavy loads being common. In this type of situation, you need a grease that is highly water resistant, tenacious, with good rust protection and film strength. Barium greases work well along with the lithium 12‑hydroxy greases (usually with polymers). Some specific formulations using an aluminum-complex thickener also find use here.

Bearings (ball, roller, needle, etc.) normally see much less contamination but experience wide variations in both speed and temperature. Here, you need a grease that has outstanding mechanical stability (very minor softening or hardening), excellent oxidation stability (long life) and performance over a wide temperature range. Where temperatures do not exceed 250 degrees F, the lithium 12‑hydroxy greases find the widest use. When temperatures increase or long life is required, either a lithium-complex or polyurea can be used.

Sliding or rubbing contact such as with automotive ball joints, sleeve bearings, some gears, etc., requires both extreme pressure and anti‑wear qualities along with a tenacious film to prevent squeeze-out, washout or both. In this type of application, the use of solid lubricants to aid in the prevention of wear is common, with molybdenum disulfide being the dominant solid. Here, the lithium 12‑hydroxy, lithium complex, barium and aluminum-complex greases would be good choices.

Improper selection and application of the proper type of grease to perform in the intended application is one of the biggest reasons for failure. Also at the top of the list is grease compatibility or the lack of it. As a general rule, keep similar thickeners in the same application (e.g., lithium with lithium complex). If possible, do not mix greases of different thickener types.

Especially try to avoid situations where aluminum complex, clay or silica-thickened greases may become mixed with other greases. Excessive softening is usually the result. These thickeners, while producing excellent lubricating greases, do not tolerate other greases well.

Failure of almost any grease‑lubricated part generally falls into four categories:

  1. The selection and application of the wrong type of grease

  2. Incompatibility resulting in excessive softening

  3. Contamination resulting in excessive wear

  4. Too much or too little grease applied

Remember, the lack of grease can cause failure, but too much grease is often the primary cause of failure because the excessive lubricant causes high temperatures, which in turn oxidizes the grease.

Ref: Machinery Lubrication

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Tranzmile expands to Kingaroy

Published on: 08.04.2014

Tranzmile is pleased to announce the purchase of Kingaroy Machinery Centre. Kingaroy Machinery Centre has been servicing the South Burnett since 1945 with a proud history of providing a full range of truck, trailer and agricultural parts. With the purchase by Tranzmile, the range of products available through Kingaroy Machinery Centre has already grown, with over $100,000 in additional stock now available in store.

In addition KMC customers will see significantly improved pricing, making KMC more than competitive with suppliers in Toowoomba or Brisbane. If you live or work in the South Burnett, there really is only one destination for all of your truck & trailer parts - Kingaroy Machinery Centre.

From Monday the fourth of November, Kingaroy Machinery Centre will join Tranzmile, the aftermarket truck and trailer parts arm of the Harvey Black family’s Black Truck & Ag company which sells and services Iveco, Western Star, Isuzu and New Holland in Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Goondiwindi and Moree.

Managing director of Tranzmile Cameron Black said purchasing Kingaroy Machinery Centre was a logical step in the growth of their business. “We wanted an established business which had its roots in a thriving country town to expand our portfolio,” Mr Black said.
“Kingaroy Machinery Centre is a natural fit with us because it is a strong rural business with a good grounding in aftermarket truck servicing given it is a former International trucks dealer."

“With the buying power of our combined truck and parts businesses, our Kingaroy customers are going to be able to start buying locally with us, but only pay Brisbane and Toowoomba pricing. “

I think this is going to be a huge benefit for everyone doing business in the town. “Customers will pretty much straight away start seeing some very significant savings flowing through to them.” Mr Black said KMC would be expanding the centre’s already big range. “You will be able to access the huge range of products we have in Brisbane and Toowoomba, without having to make the drive to the city,” he said. “As a part of the Harvey Black Group, Neil, Angie and Paul from KMC now join our existing 22 parts interpreters, ensuring that there is very little in the way of truck and trailer parts that we cannot help our customers with. 
“Black Truck Sales runs, of course, Iveco, Western Star and Isuzu truck dealerships so KMC will be particular strong in that area as well.” 
Mr Black said having grown up only an hour away, near Jandowae, he might call Brisbane home now, but he is firmly a country boy. The Gehrkes congratulated Cameron and said they were pleased the business was remaining with another longstanding country family. “We wish him the best for the future,” he said. “We would also like to thank all of our customers for their loyalty they have given to this business over the past five and half years and would especially like to thank (their staff) Neil, Angie and Paul for their support and loyalty each of them have given us. “I am sure you will find the same excellent service will continue.”

 

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Moving the largest load in West Australian mining history

Published on: 18.03.2014

Australian Mining brings you a gallery of the largest machinery move in West Australia's history, as well as video of the operation in action.

Over six days four prime move trucks towed a fully assembled Liebherr 996 excavator weighing more then 675 tonnes.

The machine was from Fortescue's Christmas Creek mine to its Solomon operations.

They travelled at speeds of 4km/hr over gravel, thanks to an additional two trucks pushing the load, and reached speeds of 6km/hr on roads.

Hauling the load the 230km to the mine took them six days, (including time spent being bogged, which was only recitified with the help of four front end loaders) working up to 15 hours per day.

It was moved on 24 twin-axle (384) Goldholfer platforms.

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