NEW DEPOT OPEN IN BUCHAN
Associated towing has just open a new Heavy Salvage Depot in Buchan servicing North East Victoria and NSW.
Please call 1300 669 129 for all enquiries.
NEW 908 KENWORTH JOINS FLEET
DOLLY AXLE FITTED TO WESTERN STAR
Associated towing has the only Dolly Attachment in Victoria fitted to it's Western Star.
This Dolly enables easy towing of twin steer and loaded rigids as well as damaged trailers.
NEW CTE DROP DECK TRAILER
Associated Towing have just taken delivery of a new Drop Deck Trailer from CTE.
This trailer is very low and ideal for machinery and equipment transport as well as recovery.
Associated Towing now use Catch Bags for rollover recovery.
ASSOCIATED TOWING A REAL WINNER AT TRUCK SHOWS
At the recent Torradin Truck show Associated Towing won best heavy truck and participated in demonstration Pull in the tractor pull.
Associated Towing also won best fleet at the Alexandra Show earlier this year.
TOORADIN TRACTOR PULL AND TRUCK SHOW
WE RECENTLY ATTENDED THE 2008 TOORADIN TRACTOR PULL AND TRUCK SHOW ON
JANUARY THE 19TH. IT WAS A GREAT TURN OUT BY ALL FOR THE SHOWS ORGANISERS.
THE RAIN STAYED AWAY FOR MOST OF THE DAY AND THE TRACTOR PULL WAS A GREAT
SUCCESS. WITH THE SUPPORT OF OUR DRIVERS SPENDING ENDLESS HOURS CLEANING
AND POLISHING THEIR TRUCKS, THE BOYS CAME HOME WINNERS COLLECTING TROPHIES
FOR THE FOLLOWING TRUCK CATORGORIES:
RUNNERS UP - BEST WORKING LIGHT TILT TRAY 10T - 16T GVM,
BEST WORKING HEAVY TILT TRAY TO 16T GVM,
BEST WORKING LIGHT TOW TRUCK UNDER 10T GVM,
RUNNERS UP BEST WORKING HEAVY TOW TRUCK 16T UPWARDS
AND BEST FLEET OF 3 OR MORE VEHICLES.
NEW MACK SUPER LINER
Our new Mack Super Liner heavy salvage tow truck is finally on the road.
Along with a paintwork design that matches the rest of our fleet - you
are sure not to miss this coming to you. With special thanks to Garry
Parker and his team at CMV MACK Dandenong, This Mack Superliner is a credit
to all those involved in its making.
NEW MACK TILT TRAY
We have also added a new Mack tilt tray to the fleet. This tray is capable
of transporting 2 cars on the tilt at the same time and has the length
to transport stretch Hummer limos without any problems.
Also added to our ever expanding fleet is the new 604 KENWORTH PRIME
MOVER. This has not got as much flame work as the rest of the fleet but
once you see it you will know that its part of the fleet. This Kenworth
will transport one of the 2 floats we have.
Press Release - Towing Triumph
John Knowles loves tow trucks and how could anyone argue that his
$700,000 Western Star isn't one of Australia's best
If you live on the South Eastern side of Melbourne there's a good chance
you might have seen one of Australia's most impressive heavy duty tow
trucks, the Western Star of Associated Towing.
Based in Cranbourne, Leongatha and Buchan, Associated Towing runs a total of six
heavy duty tow trucks, two based on Kenworth, two on Western Star plus
2 Macks a Louisville and a Daff, plus a fleet of six smaller tilt tray units.
But it's the latest Western Star that is definitely the flagship of the
The complexity of professional towing and salvage operations is what makes
this part of the transport industry particularly interesting. The right
equipment in the wrong hands can be rendered virtually useless by a lack
of the necessary skills while the alternative of watching equipment in
use by a professional with a wealth of practical knowledge can turn into
a very educational experience.
And it's not just a case of bringing an overturned vehicle upright. In
the right hands a heavy duty salvage unit can restore everything to a
transportable condition and do so without inducing any further damage
to the vehicle or the load.
Associated Towing has three Holmes Wrecking units for salvage and recovery
plus three underlifts and a Super-Tilt semi-trailer for bus and coach recovery
or where the recovered vehicle or trailer is not capable of being moved
on its own wheels.
Where the Western Star differs is that is operates with a sliding winch
that contains two 22,680 kgs winches for the general recovery task but
has a further two 11,400 kg winches mounted alongside the main winches
for positioning the vehicle being recovered.
"There's a huge advantage on having the additional 11,400 kg winches
working in tandem with the main recovery winches," said company owner
John Knowles. "While the main weight of the recovered vehicle is
held by the 22,680 kg winches, the two supplementary winches can be used
to control the turn over or reposition the vehicle or trailer as it is
lowered to the ground in an upright state so that it lands squarely and
without further damage or risk," he added.
The great advantage of the new Western Star is its capacity to complete
a recovery task without requiring assistance from other vehicles. The
sliding boom and winch mount assembly on the truck can shift rearwards
while setting up for the recovery task and this means that stability of
the entire unit can be optimized.
Unlike many tow trucks that become converted to the task after a lifetime
on the highways in perhaps a linehaul application, John's new Western
Star was purpose built from the ground-up and supplied by TSR, the Western
Star dealership in Dandenong. The installation of the recovery gear was
by Truckworks of Wingfield, near Adelaide in South Australia. Tim Washington
of TSR Truck Sales reckons that John's Western Star is one of the largest
projects he has ever worked on.
"The truck started off as a Western Star Constellation 4964FX with
a 34 inch low-height sleeper. The entire chassis is double railed 3/8th
steel with Meritor RT5160GP rear axles with cross and inter axle diff'
locks rated at 22,680kg and with a rear axle ratio of 4.3:1. The suspension
is Hendrickson PriMax and the tyres are 11R22.5 Continentals all round
fitted to Alcoa alloy rims," said Tim
"As far as the engine and driveline are concerned the C15 Cat is
rated at 550hp (410kW) produced at 1800 rpm with peak torque of 2500 Nm
produced at 1200 rpm.
"The wiring loom was particularly complex as it had to power the
winches and auxiliary equipment as well as a huge number of additional
lights from work lights to led marker lamps. There are also items fitted
in the cab such as DVD players, rear vision cameras and monitors and probably
every form of optional extra in the book. The seats are leather with embroidery
on them and there's also additional chrome work and walnut woodgrain treatment
inside the cab. The final result is nothing short of spectacular,"
he added. The recovery equipment itself comes from Quebec in Canada and
is part of the Slider design produced by NRC Industries.
In its application in North America the 45 tonne rated sliding boom is
available on either tandem or tri-dem axles but under Australian transport
regulations there is little to be gained by moving into a three axle scenario
because of overall weight limits.
Available with either a two stage or three stage boom assembly, the 45
tonne slider unit is rated for operation fully extended at 18,000 kg or
retracted at 40,800 kgs. With a three stage boom the maximum working height
is 9700 mm with a boom range on elevation of 0-56 degrees.
Lyndon Reynolds, Managing Director of Truckworks Australia told PowerTorque
that the Western Star has been particularly interesting to create because
Associated Towing specifically wanted a truck that would excel at recovery
work with the capability of being able to tow.
"Very often the focus is on towing but for John's truck the requirement
was for it to provide apply very accurate recovery techniques as its first
priority. He also wanted the very best components in the market to produce
a vehicle that is virtually unique in Victoria," he added.
And if you were under any illusion that the paintwork was anything other
than spectacular you'd need to have a chat with the man responsible for
the artwork and graphics, Rod Tickle Signs and Airbrush Art of Loxton
in South Australia.
Admittedly those involved in the recovery and salvage industry have long
periods of inactivity where vehicles and equipment wait for the unfortunate
to eventuate. But when called into action, investment in the right machinery
pays dividends in completing the task quickly, safely and easily without
causing any further damage to the vehicle, the load or the surrounding
area. When you look at the investment applied by Associated Towing you
can immediately see the value and the image that the company presents
as being second to none.