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Komatsu apprentices’ complete restoration of 45-year-old loader

Komatsu apprentices undertook the restoration of a 1976 vintage Komatsu D10A-1 track loader in time for the 100th anniversary of the company

Apprentices based at Komatsu’s Wacol branch in Brisbane have carried out a complete restoration of a vintage 1976 Komatsu D10S-1 track loader.

Under the technical supervision of product support manager Mark Stone, five apprentices restored the machine and it is now on permanent display at the Wacol Innovation Hub.

The apprentices involved in the project were Sam Gray (fourth year apprentice), Max Battermah (third year), Ryan Egerton (fourth year), Matthew Tafai (fourth year) and Oonagh Keogh (first year).

Overall, the crew took five months to restore the two-tonne track loader in liaison with Komatsu technical and trade specialists, as well as supplier partners. This was all completed alongside the apprentices attending to their regular work tasks at Wacol.

“By the time we’d finished, it was back in full working order, looking as good as it had done when it was locally delivered as a new machine on August 19, 1976,” the restoration crew says.

Other key people and organisations who provided invaluable assistance with the restoration project include:

  • Fabrication repairs: Adam Burns, Garry Rayner and Nick Egan
  • Hosing: Nemanja Milovanovic
  • Paint: Jeff Wodley
  • Administration: Trevor Jackson, Tony Tito, Chris Martin, Jeremy McIntosh
  • Project Partners: Queensland Mine Maintenance, Protec, BSC Bearings, Seal Innovations, Rocklea Abrasive Blasting, Earthmoving Mobile Auto Electrical, All Vehicle Upholstery and Pirtek, Surreal Signs.

Trevor Jackson, who oversaw this restoration, pre-delivered this machine as a first-year apprentice back in 1976.

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