The final two Cat vehicles out of an order of 16 have been delivered to earthmoving company, Timms Haulage, as part of a fleet replacement program – making it the largest single order of Cat trucks in Australia to date.
Timms Haulage is the primary contractor for some of the largest infrastructure projects in Queensland and runs around 120 vehicles across some of the toughest conditions known to both truck and man.
The very basis of the work on tunnelling projects sees some heavy rock cartage involved in the time critical operation the Timms company is renowned for, and plans were met with supply as required.
The water truck is also a Shephard Transport Equipment product and has been designed to increase efficiency in a number of ways.
Fleet numbers vary according to customer demand and Timms Haulage has operated 40 vehicles at the height of demand, but it recently decided to pull back on fleet size through a purely economic decision, reflecting the number of large projects nearing completion and uncertainty on the commencement of others.According to Timms’ Keith Jones, the specification suits the application extremely well with adequate power, good axle articulation across the rough terrain and a high level of driver comfort.“Driver acceptance has been exceptional with drivers saying they appreciate the power, comfort and vision from within the cab.The trucks take on some demanding tasks and they have handled all areas very well,” Keith says.It’s a hard life for the Timms trucks when you consider the projects they are and have been involved in, notably the Airport Link tunnel that has seen the units at work 24 hours, six days a week, with driver changes, removing huge tonnages as the project continues.