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Chameleon
Chameleon

Recognised as a mining digger of choice in Australia, Hitachi has developed a venerable reputation for their orange excavators...
Photo credit: hitachicm.com.au

13 September, 2019
The 100 Club
The 100 Club

Weighing in with an operating weight of a little over 160t, the rigid body Caterpillar 777G is now considered the minnow of most mining fleets....

13 August, 2019
Sogo shosha (go on, Google it!)
Sogo shosha (go on, Google it!)

Perhaps best known for their diggers, Hitachi produce one of the most comprehensive range of excavators in the market...

22 July, 2019
Lots to love about the Liebherr T 284
Lots to love about the Liebherr T 284

Relatively lightweight but strong and nimble, the Liebherr T 284 mining truck is a winner when it comes to productivity and efficiency...

1 July, 2019
Cat 789D: Customisable design for improved performance
Cat 789D: Customisable design for improved performance

Caterpillar's 789D mining truck builds on over 30 years of proven performance for the 789 model...

28 June, 2019
Beware the sleeping giant
Beware the sleeping giant

Komatsu have a venerable reputation in relation to their electric drive AC haul trucks...

17 June, 2019
New kid on the block
New kid on the block

If you haven't heard there's a new kid coming to town. A bit of a superstar, he's sharpened his look and now simply wants to be known as D11...

24 May, 2019
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I often chuckle, the BelAZ is Australia's most photographed truck that you've never seen (and are never likely to see) on an Australian mine site...
Photo credit: iStock.com/Leit_Wolf

15 April, 2019
Behind the wheel of Caterpillar's 797F Haul Truck
Behind the wheel of Caterpillar's 797F Haul Truck

Alongside excavators and rope shovels, haul trucks are the ultimate workhorses of an open cut mining operation. Transporting load after load these machines regularly complete 6,000 hours a month...
Photo credit: iStock.com/iakovenko

27 March, 2019
Liebherr's Mining Power
Liebherr's Mining Power

Is it just me or do Liebherr produce good looking equipment? In their distinctive white (sometimes a yellowy orange) their machines are immediately recognisable on any mine site...

12 March, 2019
Mining BEASTS: 6 jaw-dropping dump trucks

Mining sites are home to some pretty spectacular machines valued at millions of dollars. Because they're used in remote, highly controlled locations, many people don't get up close to these enormous vehicles or see what they're capable of...
Photo credit: iStock.com/Leit_Wolf

25 February, 2019
Could this be the way of the future?
Could this be the way of the future?

Change rarely occurs in one large leap. What appears to be spontaneous and easy, is often as a result of many small steps undertaken over extended periods of time...

18 February, 2019
VOLVO - Very Odd Looking Vehicular Object
VOLVO - Very Odd Looking Vehicular Object

A true 100t work horse, this truck is in a hotly contested segment of the market...

21 December, 2018
A machine that likes it all ways
A machine that likes it all ways

Of all the earthmoving kit rolling around out there, the scraper must be the strangest of them all...

22 November, 2018
Orange is the new black
Orange is the new black

Hitachi's diggers have always been held in high regard in Australia. In the Valley, they operate across many sites that by and large include their popular EX2600, EX3600 and EX5600...

23 October, 2018
Cutting through the red tape
Cutting through the red tape

While not always red in colour, Cummins' range of mining engines are utilised both above and below ground....

24 September, 2018
Making its mark
Making its mark

Continuing our review of Caterpillar's mining machines, this month we look at their 994K wheel loader...

22 August, 2018
Smooth Operator
Smooth Operator

In the nineties, caterpillar first identified the need for larger graders for maintaining haul roads used by heavy-duty haul trucks....

24 July, 2018
Tram vs Truck
Tram vs Truck

Have you ever considered what would occur if a tram and large haul truck came together in perfect matrimony? A trolley truck...

25 June, 2018
Where less is more
Where less is more

As a vanguard in onsite machine transportation, this is where Sleipner made their name, with a design so simple, that it fundamentally challenged the traditional concept of excavator logistics...

6 May, 2018
Bragging rights
Bragging rights

In keeping with the theme of innovation, this month I take a look at the Finnish designed and manufactured Sleipner DB120 trailer...

6 April, 2018
Have you ever
Have you ever

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes 'us' Aussies so innovative? Be it our isolation from the rest of the world, or simple willingness to roll-up our sleeves and get on with the job, we've a reputation for innovation...

12 March, 2018
The Beast
The Beast

Looking more like a creation from 'Mad Max', this machine is unlike any other that you may have seen before....

12 February, 2018
Imitation, The Sincerest Form of Flattery
Imitation, The Sincerest Form of Flattery

Sounding more like the name of a counter intelligence agency, the Liebherr PR 776 dozer may not have the same sweet ring to its name as a Caterpillar D10T dozer however, it’s a machine worthy of keeping your eyes on...

12 December, 2017
A matter of brand (or is it?)
A matter of brand (or is it?)

Hands up who owns a Holden Colorado or an Isuzu D-Max? Better still, anyone here placed an order for the new Mercedes Benz X-Class ute arriving in 2018...

23 November, 2017
Apex Predator
Apex Predator

To keep this machine working reliably, required four shift crews, with seven employees per crew. each crew with an operator, oiler, electrician, welder, general labourer and two groundmen ...

23 October, 2017
ACDC
ACDC

You know what, we've got to give it to ourselves and our forefathers before us, 'we' humans are pretty smart...

22 September, 2017
The Afterlife
The Afterlife

Since the early ages, humans have questioned 'The Afterlife', the concept that an essential part of an individual's identity continues to exist after death. Not so for equipment owners,...

23 August, 2017
Love has no colour
Love has no colour

Today I intend to touch upon a raw nerve, an undercurrent of beliefs that baffle the most ardent of specialists...

17 July, 2017
A Master Manipulator
A Master Manipulator

Changing a flat tyre on your car can be difficult at the best of times however, give a thought to the mining crews...

21 June, 2017
Expansion of Services and Support in Australia
Expansion of Services and Support

It is with pleasure we advise the market of our expansion of services and support in Australia...

18 May, 2017
Cheap at Half the Price
Cheap at Half the Price

With the mantra of 'cash is king' and the core focus of cost savings, equipment owners, maintenance teams and miners have re-evaluated their alternatives and in recent years increasingly purchased used and rebuilt components...

9 May, 2017
The King of the Jungle
The King of the Jungle

While no one would argue that they're not an engineering marvel, the machines designed to load these trucks are in many rights the top of the apex and the kings of their jungle...

20 April, 2017
Innovation in Manufacturing
Innovation in Manufacturing

Looking back to early 1900's and comparing what car manufacturing is today. I can't help but wonder, have we lost the attention to detail while pushing the pace on production time...

21 March, 2017
Ultra by Name, Ultra by Class
Ultra by Name, Ultra by Class

Mention the word ultra and one might naturally think of something large or extreme in nature. Defined, the word 'ultra' means 'going beyond what is usual or ordinary; excessive; extreme'...

16 March, 2017
What's Big, Gray, White and Shiny
What's Big, Gray, White and Shiny

What was simply undeniable is that Liebherr clearly know how to market their machines and as history would suggest, they also know how to build products that dominate market segments...

15 February, 2017
A Machine for All Occasions
A Machine for All Occasions

Proving why they are world leaders in the biggest and baddest machines in the world, Caterpillar presented perhaps the widest range of machines of any manufacturer at MINExpo 2016.

1 December, 2016
Why Komatsu trumped Cat at their own game
Why Komatsu trumped Cat

One could only imagine Cat's surprise at this year's MINExpo when Komatsu commissioned their 'Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle'.

1 November, 2016
3 Quick Tips for Improving Customer Service
Improving Customer Service

Whether you work with individuals, other businesses, government departments or anyone else, there are a number of strategies you can use to help keep your clients happy...

7 June, 2016
What to look for when recruiting
What to look for when recruiting

Whether your business is expanding, an existing employee has moved on to another opportunity or anything else, it’s important to take the right approach to recruitment...

30 May, 2016
Is this the future of transportation?
Is this the future of transportation?

In the middle of the Nevada Desert, Hyperloop One successfully shot a metal sled along a 900-metre track in a time of just 1.1 seconds...

23 May, 2016
Have you used the 20K instant write-off to your advantage?
Have you used the 20K instant write-off?

If you need new assets or think you can make a purchase that will improve your bottom line, this tax concession is a great opportunity...

17 May, 2016
How to check the condition of your tyres
How to check the condition of your tyres

By copping plenty of punishment throughout their lifetime, even the toughest tyres will slowly deteriorate over time and start to lose grip...

10 May, 2016
Why you need data security
Why you need data security

Don't be fooled into picturing cyber breaches as a Hollywood gimmick where black-clad agents open a bank vault by furiously tapping away at their keyboards...

03 May, 2016
Why you need to know about the PPSR
Why you need to know about PPSR

By fully complying with the PPSA and registering all your secured interests with the PPSR, your business can make a rightful claim to your property...

25 April, 2016
Tips for maintaining heavy equipment
Tips for maintaining heavy equipment

If your business relies on the use of large machinery, it is absolutely imperative that it is well maintained...

19 April, 2016
WorkSafe inspection program to focus on Perth construction sites
WorkSafe inspection program

Western Australia's primary workplace health and safety division has announced its plans to heighten inspections of construction sites...

1 April, 2016
Making the right choice between genuine and non-genuine parts
Genuine vs. non-genuine parts

Both OEM and non-genuine parts are common in almost any industry, and it’s important to know what to look for.

24 March, 2016
The 'Kaizen' approach and how it can help your business
The 'Kaizen' Approach

In a business environment, it's important to remember the concept of kaizen as a way of thinking and not as another box to tick on the weekly to-do list.

18 March, 2016
The key advantages of proactive vs. reactive maintenance
Proactive vs. reactive maintenance

By taking the time to consider the needs of your business, you could dramatically improve productivity while reducing long term costs.

11 March, 2016
New, Used or Rebuilt? What You Should Consider Before Buying Components
New, Used or Rebuilt?

When you need heavy equipment components, it can be hard to work out what condition to buy them in.

4 March, 2016

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