Site Testing Provides Valuable Data for Future Water Tanker Designs

In November, Kador conducted a series of successful design validation tests on a recently delivered Cat789 water tanker in the Hunter Valley, NSW.


The tests were carried out with the support of WesTrac, Hastings Deering Australia, Kador's design consultants LC Engineering and the mine owner, and assessed the handling performance of the truck and its 150KL water tank under various combinations of speed, turning radius and water load.  The results obtained confirmed the dynamic stability of the tank - truck combination.

These test results support previous successful stability tests carried out on Kador's water tanks for Cat777 and Cat785 trucks.

Concurrent strain gauge and accelerometer tests on the tank structure also provided valuable data which will be used to develop the next generation of Kador water tanks, to carry up to 190KL on 220T class trucks.

Kador Supports Corinda SHS Kokoda Challenge Teams

Kador has long supported the local Corinda State High School, providing industry experience to students, and using the school as a source of apprentices.  We also sponsor the school's entrants in the 96 kilometer Kokoda Challenge – held each year in the Gold Coast Hinterland in June.

1211kokodaThe Kokoda Challenge is hailed as Australia's toughest endurance event.  Participants trek a 96km course that leads along fire trails, crosses 12 creeks and rises and falls over 5,000m of vertical elevation.  The goal is to finish as a complete team of four in honour of the spirit forged on the Kokoda Track in 1942: mateship, endurance, courage and sacrifice.

Adrian Cullen, Science, Math and HPE Teacher, and Year 12 Coordinator at Corinda SHS said "Kador has sponsored Corinda SHS teams in this event for a number of years and it is this sponsorship that gets us over the line.  It fuels us for the event, it provides the clothing on our back, it allows us to purchase new equipment.  The sponsors allow the cost to the students be reduced and pass these funds on to the students who participate in the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program."

Dump Bodies for Bowen Basin Mines

Early in 2012, Kador completed the assembly of twenty-two rock bodies for Cat 793 trucks, for a mine in the northern Bowen Basin.


The bodies were supplied in kit form by local Cat dealer Hastings Deering Australia from Cat's overseas manufacturing facility.  These Cat MSD II body kits progressed through an accelerated build program to meet the required delivery schedule.

More recently, we delivered six coal bodies for Komatsu 830E trucks, for another mine in the central Bowen Basin.  These were built to Kador's own design and bring the total number of Kador - Komatsu 830E coal bodies on this site to thirteen, and the total number of Kador manufactured/assembled bodies delivered in recent years to well over 200.

Haulmax Water Tankers

Kador recently received orders for five water tanks to go on the back of Haulmax 3900 trucks, for delivery to NSW and Qld clients.  These will be the first use of this truck to control dust on mine roads.


Using Cat components, the Haulmax truck is designed and built in Tasmania for haulage operations that:

  • are of a distance greater than expected from traditional 'in-pit' mining dump trucks
  • have road width restrictions
  • require increased traction in slippery or soft underfoot conditions

The Kador tanks will carry approximately 72KL and be fitted with the EnviroSpray road speed dependant water spray control system.  They are designed to fully tilt to provide full maintenance access to the truck chassis.

Commenting on the order, Kador's Senior Project Manager Michael Barker said 'We are pleased to be the first to deliver mine spray water tanks on this platform, and expect the features of the Haulmax truck will make it very popular with operators in water tanker mode'.

Australian Mining – This is Our Story

The Australian mining industry is producing a series of television advertisements showing Stories of Australian Mining.

'They're the stories of our nearly 200,000 employees, and the 600,000 who earn their living in mining-related jobs. Supporting the industry is the Minerals Council of Australia, the Chamber of Mines and Energy of Western Australia, New South Wales Minerals Council and Queensland Resources Council. Our member companies are involved in exploration, mining, mineral processing and services that produce up to 85 per cent of Australia's mineral output including precious metals, base metals, light metals and iron ore, as well as energy materials like coal.'

Kador played a supporting (or perhaps supported?) role in a recent story featuring Mustaq Maqbool, a plant mechanic at WesTrac's Holroyd (NSW) facility.

A close look at the video shows one of our 150KL water tanks being loaded onto a Cat789 truck.

Kador is providing eight of these tanks, thought to be the largest truck mounted tanks yet built for the Qld or NSW mining industry, to WesTrac, for a Hunter Valley (NSW) client.

More information on Kador's range of mine water spray tanks is available here.

The youtube link is here Mustaq Maqbool - This is our story - TV Ad