Cat Trucks Thrive Among The Desert Dunes - continued
With hundreds of oil and gas wells dotted across a massive expanse of the Cooper Basin, Dunn teams operate from self-contained mobile camps in a radius of several hundred kilometres in every direction from the main base where around 50 people are permanently stationed.
Equipment reliability is everything. We’re a long way from anywhere and this country’s quick to teach you what works and what doesn’t.
Neil says firmly.
In earthmoving equipment, Caterpillar is the preferred brand and despite the operation’s isolation and entrenched self-sufficiency, Neil points to the back-up of South Australia Cat dealer Cavpower and his high regard for Cat’s dependable C15 engine as the initial considerations in choosing to add Cat trucks to the fleet.
His first Cat truck, a CT630 day cab model, arrived in early 2013 and although there were initially “a few annoying little things”, three spacious CT630LS models have since joined the operation to haul a wide variety of trailers including heavily laden water tankers and low loaders.
Neil says of the four Cats:
They’re all doing pretty good. They’re at work every day and while they’re doing that, I don’t have much to complain about.
Like I said, it’s not easy out here. Road conditions are the killer and it doesn’t matter what brand of truck or machine it is, something breaks eventually. We expect it. What’s important is that it doesn’t keep breaking.
On the ability of the Cat trucks to cope with such demanding conditions, a blunt Neil Dunn says the brand simply wouldn’t get a second chance if it wasn’t already showing acceptable levels of endurance.
There’s no doubt about it. They wouldn’t be here if they weren’t doing the job
he concludes with absolute authority.
New Trailer for de Meuron
The Swiss heavy-duty haulage company, de Meuron has taken delivery of a new addition to their fleet of low-loaders. The truck is a Faymonville hydraulically steered MegaMAX low bed semi-trailer.
The new low bed is equipped with pendle axles and a telescopic extension and is used by the Swiss company for the transport of construction machinery.
The removable loading floor makes it possible, with a short conversion, to transport yachts on the Swiss roads. This flexibility precisely fits de Meuron’s profile.