Porter Press: Standing out from the crowd

By: By Cameron Officer, Photos by Alistair Brook

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SPONSORED CONTENT: Melbourne’s R&C Asphalt has recently added a Terex TA300 articulated dump truck to its fleet.

The Terex TA300’s three heavy-duty axles are in permanent all-wheel drive

While it might be the first machine of this type from Terex to find a home with the family firm, general manager Wade McGill says he’s expecting big things from the new 30-tonner, knowing that it boasts a rugged reputation in a variety of disciplines

Melbourne’s R&C Asphalt has recently added a Terex TA300 articulated dump truck to its fleet.

While it might be the first machine of this type from Terex to find a home with the family firm, general manager Wade McGill says he’s expecting big things from the new 30-tonner.

Wade McGill of Victoria-based R&C Asphalt says he is expecting big things from his new Terex TA300 ADT, knowing that the rugged trucks have forged an impressive reputation in Australia and beyond.

"Despite our initial unfamiliarity with the details before we began researching what they offered, I was familiar enough with the Terex brand to know that a lot of people swear by them and that they would be pretty robust machines."

While there is plenty of technology in the latest generation Terex TA300 ADTs, it’s the no-nonsense approach to machine engineering that the manufacturer remains trusted for worldwide.

Everything is designed and built with heavy-duty usage in mind. Front and rear frames are all-welded high grade steel fabrications with rectangular box section beams forming the side and cross members. Likewise, the body features an all-welded construction, fabricated from high yield strength steel.

Terex’s off-road abilities are also legendary. The Terex TA300’s three heavy-duty axles are in permanent all-wheel drive (6x6) with a differential coupling between the front and rear axles. All three axles also have hydraulically actuated multi-plate transverse diff-lock differentials for 100 per cent cross-axle lock up. The driver has the ability to manipulate the diff-lock depending on just how hard going everything is under the wheels.

There’s a world of difference between a standard dump truck and an ADT

Over the years, McGill says the family-owned and operated firm has learnt through trial and error that not all dump trucks are created equal.

"My parents, Roger and Chris, founded R&C Asphalt nearly 40 years ago and, as the name suggests, they initially provided specialty asphalt and paving services," he explains.

"After we moved into more civil work, we initially ran traditional dump trucks. But you realise pretty quickly there is a difference between a standard road-going dumper and an ADT that is designed from the ground-up to take a hammering in a quarry or on a largescale development.

"I think dump trucks tend to get overlooked in the grand scheme of things. You spend so much time figuring out what you need your excavators to give you in terms of volume, but at the end of the day you need the trucks to shift the material.

"Where we’re working now, we have approximately 160,000 cubes of clay to move.

Now, if our dump trucks can’t keep up the momentum, then what’s the point in having a big digger at the end of the line? The dump trucks really hold everything together, so we want to know our fleet will be reliable and do what they need to do."

With a 28-tonne maximum payload and 370hp (276kW) peak power generated from its Scania-built five-cylinder turbo diesel, the 30-tonne Terex TA300 provides for a surefooted load hauler in any terrain.

Site foreman Dave Wade with the new machine

The driver is assisted by hydrostatic power steering featuring two double-acting cushioned steering cylinders with pressure supplied by a variable displacement load sensing piston pump. An impressive four turns lock-to-lock makes this heavy-duty machine remarkably manoeuvrable.

McGill needed all these attributes from the get-go, putting the new ADT to work at the large Meridian Central residential development in Clyde North, at Melbourne’s eastern fringes.

While R&C Asphalt can boast a portfolio of premium housing developments of its own, a delayed wetlands project saw it move some of its equipment – including several ADTs – into the Brown Property Group development at Clyde North.

"So far, the Terex has been really good. The operator has given me some very positive feedback about the cab comfort and its general abilities," McGill says.

"The tailgate operation is good, and it appears to have plenty of power, which we knew going in: overall we’ve been very impressed. It’s also a pretty striking looking thing with that bright white paintwork – it certainly stands out on-site."

McGill says that the machine the Terex TA300 has replaced in the company’s fleet was one "we probably held onto for too long".

He says there are obvious benefits to buying new, with Terex distributor, Porter Equipment, making the process easy.

"The old girl this machine replaces had done over 20,000 hours and was becoming unreliable. Having a new machine on the fleet is always going to put you in a better position," explains McGill.

"Having said that, we expect the Terex to give us a similar run; we need reliability first and foremost. That extends to the aftersales service and support.

"Porter made it pretty straightforward for us to get into this truck; once we made the decision to go with Terex, they turned everything around within a week or two and we were away. Sometimes when the pressure is on, you just need that assurance and that solid back-up. It all bodes well, and we’re very happy with what we’ve experienced so far."

For more details about the equipment available through Porter Group, visit www.portergroup.com.au.

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