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Positive braking and high performance sludge handling



Queensland, Australia, 2nd August 2013 - Bringing billions of dollars to the economy and providing employment to more than 750,000 Australians, the enormity of the mining sector in Australia can never be underestimated. But the task of keeping these colossal sites operational is no easy exercise.

The responsibility of site maintenance at one of Australia’s busiest mines falls to Garwoods Civil & Maintenance, who has a fleet of 13 Terex® TA400 articulated trucks as well as 45 staff on site, all working tirelessly to keep the site safe, compliant and fully operational... all year round.

“We’ve had the TA400 articulated trucks for over two years now, and we use them for everything - carting rock, coal, material rejects, mud,” explains John Ashton from Garwoods. “We have the only earthmovers on site, so we look after all of the haulage as well as the maintenance and grading of the roads.”

With a power range that is perfect for the purpose and smooth, positive brakes that can easily handle the payload, the TA400 allows operators to comfortably move material in virtually any condition encountered on the mine site.

But it seems the biggest success of the TA400 trucks for Garwoods is the tailgate seal. “We move a lot of sludge. Because it is an open cut mine, when it rains, the water accumulates and the big sumps fill with silt... which we cart out,” John explains.

“We only ever use a Terex truck on mud because the tailgate seal is so good. We have four Terex TA400 trucks that run mud all the time and they hardly spill a drop.

“Our acquisition of the TA400 trucks has been a great decision for our business. The vehicles have all the facilities needed for the task and have proven their long-term reliability in one of the most demanding work sites imaginable,” John said.


The full fleet of Terex articulated trucks are sold and serviced by Terrequipe, an authorized Terex distributor in Australia. For more information, call 1 800 204 221 or visit .




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Photo: TerexTA400 Articulated Truck in Queensland coal mine



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Photo: Serious coal mover: Terex® TA400 Articulated Truck.










About Garwoods

Garwoods has been delivering on-site mine, civil and maintenance works since 1992 and understands the challenges of the mining industry-and their solutions.

Garwoods’ customers have helped to identify the top reasons that make Garwoods the safest and most operationally superior mine, and civil and maintenance works partner. These are: high performance based on specialised experience; safe production based on tight risk management; total compliance based on strong systems and supervision; enduring relationships based on demonstrated accountability; environmental sustainability based on ethical commitments and overall reliability based on modern, well-maintained equipment.


About Terex
Terex Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer of a broad range of equipment that is focused on delivering reliable, customer-driven solutions for many applications, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, energy, utility and manufacturing industries. Terex reports in five business segments: Aerial Work Platforms; Construction; Cranes; Material Handling & Port Solutions; and Materials Processing. Terex offers financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of equipment through Terex Financial Services. More information can be found at








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