A Shock to the System

Regular shock-absorber replacement can help a trucking operator avoid getting a shock to the system. With the majority of trucks and trailers rolling off the production line equipped with air suspension, it is important to understand what regular shock-absorber replacement can do for your safety and your bottom line.   The main advantage of air suspensions is vastly improved load and equipment protection from vibration damage. As...

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Buying New Trucks Cannot Always Be Justified

By Paul Matthei   The cost of buying new trucks cannot always be justified in today’s tight economic climate. As such, some operators are realising the merit in giving their existing units a second life. Diesel Workshop recently spent some time at ReCoat Smash Repairs, a company that specialises in rejuvenating tired, old vehicles.   In the modern business world, where ‘near enough is good enough’ seems to be an all-too-common ethos...

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Turntables Leading the Way to Reform

A pilot fitting regime may see turntables leading the way to reform and could become the basis for a new national modifications scheme. Modification code of practice Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6, or VSB6, has been undergoing a comprehensive review to bring it in line with current methodology and technology.   VSB6 is prescribed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) as the primary standard used by Approved Vehicle...

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Journey of the Full Restoration

Many have followed the journey of the full restoration of a 1946 International K5 by National Transport Insurance (NTI). The truck was subsequently raffled as a fundraiser for research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in September. After the overwhelmingly successful public relations exercise of displaying the Green Diamond at the Brisbane Truck Show, back in May, it was time for the real deal – a complete strip down with no nut or...

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Relieving Compliance Pain

Jevol roller brake testing and inspection systems relieve compliance pain, as more and more companies are now recognising the need to be compliant in the heavy vehicle industry. For many years, the national regulations with regard to heavy vehicles have been a work in progress but it now appears that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is providing more clarity. With this comes the need to provide more testing in the areas of...

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Keeping Tankers On The Road

SRH Milk Haulage commenced operations in October 1996 with one truck and tanker, keeping tankers on the road for bulk milk cartage to dairy farmers production plant at Hexham, New South Wales.   As SRH operate such a large fleet of milk haulage trucks, its prime movers and tankers accumulate hours and kilometres at a rapid rate. Maintenance and servicing of the fleet is a critical part of the operation. To ensure the fleet...

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