Hastings Deering delivers haul truck service contract for New Hope

Hastings Deering service manager Justin Butcher hands over the last of the trucks to New Acland maintenance supervisor Rob Trapp. Image: New Hope Group

New Hope Group has completed a $10 million refit of its large haul trucks at the New Acland coal mine in Queensland.

Five huge Caterpillar 793F haul trucks needed a full component change out. The whole undertaking took six months to complete.

This was one of the biggest jobs won by the local Hastings Deering service centre in Toowoomba to date.

“The guys and Hastings Deering have done work for us before, but this was by far the biggest job they have done for us,” New Acland maintenance supervisor Rob Trapp said.

“It was a huge job, replacing basically every component on the truck.

“The fleet is only six years old but each had done about 24,000 hours of work at the New Acland site. That’s slightly above industry standard so they were due for a tune-up.”

At $2.2 million per truck it sounds an expensive exercise, but with each truck costing almost $5.5 million new, it was worth the expense, according to New Hope.

The 170-tonne trucks were transported from Acland to Toowoomba with the cab, the tray and the wheels taken off and loaded onto another big truck.

Hastings Deering service manager at Toowoomba Justin Butcher said it was a great win for them. With around 100 workers at the Toowoomba service centre, about 12 worked on the project around the clock.

“Each truck took three weeks and we had a week break in between each truck,” Butcher said.

“We did what is known as a certified power train rebuild, which means we effectively stripped the trucks bare and replaced all the drive train components including the engine.

“In fact, apart from the cabin, tray and tyres there isn’t much we didn’t either remove or replace.”

Trapp said it was the first time the team had sent an entire fleet to the local Hastings Deering workshop in Toowoomba.

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