How a Spinner Works

Many technicians will have seen oil centrifuges on engines, but it’s important to understand how a spinner works. The Mann and Hummel centrifuge oil cleaner is self-powered, using engine oil pressure to spin the separation chamber (rotor) up to 8500 rpm. Centrifugal force separates contaminants from the oil and flings them to the side of the rotor where they form a solid cake. Cleaned oil exits the chamber via twin diagonally opposed...

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Trucking In The Blood

Barry Garousse grew up with trucking in the blood. He and his partner Lisa run Garousse Refrigerated, a successful small fleet hauling an eclectic mix of general, refrigerated and dry powder freight. After starting with one truck and trailer 14 years ago, the business has grown organically and now comprises a fleet of 10 trucks and 14 trailers. “I grew up around trucks, Dad and Mum owned trucks from the time I was six,” Barry...

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Repairing Automatic Transmissions

As the name suggests, Heavy Automatics is an Allison distributor specialising in supplying, servicing and repairing automatic transmissions. Diesel Workshop spoke with Alex Richards, Workshop Manager at the Brisbane branch. Heavy Automatics was established by Ron Neville and Claude Dalese in 1990 at Wingfield in South Australia. Having previously worked together at a workshop operation where customer service was not a high priority,...

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Canter 4×4 Gets Street Cred Back

After the return of the two-speed transfer case, Canter 4×4 gets street cred back. On the previous iteration of this model Fuso had decided it was something it and its Canter customers could live without. Obviously unimpressed with the concept of a Canter ‘softroader’, the moans of disappointment from Aussie Fuso dealers and their clientele over this seemingly misguided decision were apparently loud enough to be heard in Japan,...

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Baby Of The Bunch

Diesel News got a chance at test driving N Series models released by Isuzu. The first cab off the rank is baby of the bunch, an NLR 45-150 fitted with a van body. Outward appearance is little changed over the previous N Series, with new badge work and larger turn signal repeaters on the doors being the most visible difference. For more than a decade the N Series cab has been a great example of functionality and space efficiency with...

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