Mind blowing Fuel Economy

Submitted: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 23:26
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G'day all
Just got home from a job that was 222klm long from Mt Isa to Duchess via near Cloncurry , took 7 hours but the reason for the post is to give people an idea of fuel consumption specs for vehicles a little bigger than our 4x4s, and I'm glad I wasn't Paying the fuel bill ,During a slight uphill run the Driver informed me over the CB that the fuel rate was 220 meters per Ltr and the average was 1.3klm per ltr, Imagine what the fuel cost would be for Brisbane to Mt Isa 1830klm or Townsville to Perth as a trip was last year. The machine was an Excavator and weighed in at about 130 tonnes,The trailer has 56 wheels and Dolly has 16 wheels photo at the link

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Reply By: Member - Royce- Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 23:32

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 23:32
Ouch!
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Reply By: Jo and Mark - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 23:49

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 23:49
I was trying to work that out the other night at work, how much is spent per week on diesel, we go through 1 by mack truck tank a week which is 500 litres a week for 3 forklifts,( that is just the depot I am at, that isn't including the other site), they have two forks and would probably use about say $300 a week in diesel) took the tank to the servo on friday night to fill it up. 480Lt cost round figures $700.00. then we have 10 minimum trucks, obviously the trucks are carrying two 500Lt tanks, so round off each truck would then cost around $1430.00 approx to fill, and I would imagine that that wouldn't last them all week with the amount of runs and transfers we give them to do.
So a mimimum cost of diesel per week would be $15,300.00. absolutely minimum spent.
That is insane.. just imagine how much fuel they would go through for the big monster size trucks you see used at quarrys and stuff!

Glad it ain't ever me footin the bill or I'd figure out a way for them to run on water!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 00:05

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 00:05
Yep well the ordinary old motorist and or 4x4er see these things i work with on the road and probably have no idea in the world what it must cost to run them , but it must of course go back to the consumer who pays but when prices jump up suddenly the truck owner does not increase freight rates up and down to suit so he just has to wear it until such time there is a national rate rise which is not often, even my business suffers in the same way, we are on $1.10 per klm but when fuel goes up our rates don't, I just done a quick Calc' 1830klm @ 1 klm per ltr @$1.50 cpl adds up to $2745.00 , this bloke has 5 600hp KWs and a Mack Trident all on Heavey Haulage, No thank you , he can have that all to himself, Hey I believe his monthly phone bills is around the $6000 mark
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Follow Up By: Jo and Mark - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 00:20

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 00:20
I guess this is one of the bonuses of Mark NOT having his own painting/carpentry business. Just work for wages and let the owners keep forking out for everything!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:02

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:02
I was doing some work on the big 150tonne mine tractors (they carry 150t of material), needed to upgrade the tanks to 5000 litres so that they didn't run out of fuel during a 12 hour shift.
They use a 75mm line to fill too.
And we wonder where all the diesel goes, and why it is so expensive.
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 19:14

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 19:14
The Boats I am currently working on, the power plants we use on them are 2 MTU V16 Twin turbo CRD Running 50PSI of Boost, going of memory when you give it to em at 1900RPM it’s burning 1000Ltrs per hour.

Sump oil capacity is 280Ltrs
And cooling system is around 200Lts

They use a 75mm line to fill too>We Just use a Tanker truck. LOL

I worked on one briefly that had 6 V16 MTU’s. Propulsion was with Hamilton jets Now those thinks push out some serous amounts of water.

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Reply By: Jo and Mark - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 00:39

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 00:39
Dang Doug so do you actually drive those monster things yourself do you?
(The trucks like in your rig pic)
Jo
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 01:05

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 01:05
No I don't drive trucks anymore, I stopped after 30 years back in 2001 and began doing Pilot/Escort work with my Troopcarrier ., at bottom of this note you see the little text View Members Rig & Profile next to the photo , click on that
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 01:24

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 01:24
A Futch would fix that....ROTFLMAO
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 01:30

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 01:30
What in hadies hell are you on about ...lol FUTCH...????
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 02:09

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 02:09
A certain advertiser here, substitute "i" for "u", (wouldn't want to promote a product that has very suspect scientific credentials, would we? No free hyperlink for Bill/Don/whoever he is today).

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 07:13

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 07:13
OK ...Got ya ...funny bugger
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:49

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:49
perhaps a HYCLONE up the exhaust pipe as well!
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Reply By: Marn - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 01:27

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 01:27
Hi all. I read somewhere ( dont quote me) that the 80 odd new dumptrucks that were ordered for the new open cut at roxby chew through around 250,000 liters of fuel a day! I think this figure was for all 80 of them, but I sitll wouldnt want to be paying the fuel bill!!

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Follow Up By: Sparkiepete - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 05:55

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 05:55
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that
it burns.
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:00

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:00
QE2 doesnt actually diesel, like most larger vessels it uses "bunker oil" which is like road tar or thick mud and needs to be heated to get it to move. Its relatively cheap as it isnt processed much. Most ships will change to High Speed Diesel when entering port for safety and to enable them to be restarted again! Thats why youll often see a big choof of black smoke after leaving port, when they change over.
They also use "waste heat boilers" mounted in the exhausts to run steam generators providing electricity while at sea. So the efficiency is still quite good.
The vessel I work on is only small (40 meters) but will carry 185 cubic meters of diesel, enough to get around Oz with out a stop.
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Reply By: roscoea26 - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 07:21

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 07:21
At the end of the day the customer is paying
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:45

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:45
I was in Hobart when the Aurora Australis was refuelling - she took on One Million Litres of Diesel - imagine signing that invoice !.

That was for the Antarctic Voyage plus re-supplying the bases down there.

Mike
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Reply By: Footloose - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:09

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:09
Doug, have often refuelled at the same pump as the road trains and my eyes have been spinning as fast as their $ meter.
The difference is that their cost is eventually passed on to the poor old consumer.
People tell me that fuel here is *cheap* compared to say overseas. Unfortunately we have a huge country with almost no way of getting anything around except by truck, unlike overseas.
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Follow Up By: Moose - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:45

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:45
G'day Footloose
It ain't dearer everywhere OS. Was reading in the paper recently that Argentinians only pay 6 cents a litre! Was it ever that low here?
Cheers from the Moose
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:55

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:55
6c a litre ? If it was ever that cheap here, it was before my time.
I note that the price has jumped even in Saudi, from around 20c a litre to 30c a litre.......poor diddums !
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Follow Up By: Neil & Lynne - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:34

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:34
I was working part time at a Amoco s/station in Adelaide in 1978 and ulp was 9c a Litre then.

Oh for them days again.
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:55

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:55
LOL, It’s still that price in Dubi (Spelling)
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 18:34

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 18:34
Thanks for all the replies,I have just got home from Brisbane on a Job and have read them all

Doug
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Reply By: D-Jack - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:51

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:51
Well I've been a bit disappointed lately, maybe the colder weather here in lil old Adelaide, but the Jackaroo has only been getting 13L/100 kms around town. Now I feel a lot better.

D-Jack
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