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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby MickinOz » Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:42 pm

Can drive 14 hours per day if you've done the fatigue management course, 12 otherwise.
144 hours in any 14 day period. So 12 x 12 hour days or 10 x 14 hour days basically.
Must log 7 hours in the bunk.
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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby MickinOz » Sun Jun 06, 2021 12:02 am

Port Adelaide to Olympic Dam is about 355 miles.
When he was running the smaller truck and could get all the way in to the Port without unhooking anything, he could just about run up to the mine from Port Augusta, discharge the cargo, load copper and get her in to the Port in a 14 hour day. Helped if everything was loaded, fueled and ready to go. 525 miles at maximum 55 miles an hour. Plus loading, unloading, fueling, etc.
But that is not his normal gig.
Normal is Port Augusta to the mine, its only about 170 miles. They have smaller trucks bringing the stuff up to the Gutter, then they put the trains together, drag the freight to the mine, unload whatever they are carrying and load up with copper metal for the trip back. That's normally a 12 hour day, but can take longer if something goes wrong at the mine or on the road. Usually the delays are at the mine. Might take hours to unload, and it counts against your allowable time.
These days, if they have anything go wrong with the truck, they aren't allowed to fix it themselves. They have to call base who send out the mechanics.
It'll be interesting how this new one shapes up - the old rig was tankers of powder, pneumatically conveyed. This one looks like she just drops it out the side. I'll find out next time he's home.
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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby tony.latham » Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:39 am

525 miles at maximum 55 miles an hour.


Do you not use the metric system over yonder?

:thinking:

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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby MickinOz » Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:08 am

tony.latham wrote:
525 miles at maximum 55 miles an hour.


Do you not use the metric system over yonder?

:thinking:

Tony

Indeed we do, though I was well into my twenties before I owned a car with km on the dial instead of mph.
I'm comfy with either measurement system, so I use miles when I remember - just a small courtesy to US readers.
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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby MickinOz » Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:00 am

Passed this prime mover running bobtail on the highway the other night. When I got back to town, there she was parked out front of one of the local motels.
Brand spanking new.
No bull bar, no mudgards.
Definitely tri-drive, I could see the shafts connecting the diffs.
Gorgeous, even if it is pink.
And boy was it ever PINK.
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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby dbhosttexas » Thu Oct 28, 2021 1:24 pm

Well now, imagine having to be the tire tech doing the balance and rotation on that thing!

Well, you say 3/4 of a mill responsibility given to a 28 year old... I think typical fighter jet pilots are younger and those things are a LOT more expensive!

Seriously though, pretty cool job for such a young guy. You don't see those multi trailer rigs here like that. Not sure if it was 2 or 3 max I have seen here.. Different states have different limits, but generally speaking, 3 max...

Never seen a Tri drive before. Pretty cool...

Sort of the opposite of TNTTT though...
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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby rjgimp » Thu Oct 28, 2021 2:09 pm

dbhosttexas wrote:You don't see those multi trailer rigs here like that. Not sure if it was 2 or 3 max I have seen here.. Different states have different limits, but generally speaking, 3 max...


Yep, for those who drive 'over the road' here in the contiguous States it is often said it's like driving through 48 different countries. They each have their own rules. Anyone dragging triples down the road likely has 28' trailers. I don't know of a state (or one of those 'Provinces' up north, eh?) that allows more than two 53' trailers, though several western states could easily handle it.
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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby rjgimp » Fri Feb 25, 2022 12:56 pm

Bugger! Another spammer on the loose!
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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby MickinOz » Fri Mar 18, 2022 4:54 pm

Had a guy by the name of Jacob Kuchel delivering furnace dust to our smelter. Turns out he also builds custom trucks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVOasdCXHzA
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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby rjgimp » Fri Mar 18, 2022 10:06 pm

Quite a rig. A 27 liter V-12? Vroom! :shock:
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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby tony.latham » Sat Mar 19, 2022 9:18 am

Definitely tri-drive, I could see the shafts connecting the diffs.


Three separate drive lines from the trany to the rear axles? Seriously? Now I gotta Google...

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p.s. I guess it's a drive line between differentials?
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Re: Truckin' OZ style

Postby MickinOz » Sat Mar 19, 2022 11:07 am

They are just like a bogie drive with one more diff. So one shaft from the trans to the front diff, then two short shafts coupling the next two diffs.
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