bhp replacing 100 series with prados

Submitted: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 20:38
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Just started noticing that at the bma mine that I work the very large fleet of 100 ser cruisers are starting to be replaced with prados. Wonder if toyota is heavilly discounting or they are just trying something different. One thing I know for sure is they will certainly get a work out. Even the contractort I work for has bought 4 prados for on site work, They seem to be going alright but they dont get anywhere near the punishment our 100's get, and I know that the bma guys give their vehicles a much harder time than we do so will certainly be a test for them.
Darren
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Reply By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 20:41

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 20:41
Dash will rattle a bit more than most are used to :-)
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Reply By: Member - Happy Little Camper - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 20:56

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 20:56
Could it be the rising fuel costs....or the lack of fuel for that matter. Anyhoo just a thought.
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Follow Up By: djrziggy - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:00

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:00
I couldn't imagine them worrying about fuel when the mine goes through about 6 million litres of diesel a month( how would you like that fuel bill)
Darren
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:06

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:06
Darren,

As HLC said, maybe a new snotty nose boss fresh out of Uni trying to impress the big wigs by saving a couple of million dollars a month in fuel bill but hoping they don't see the extra 5mill a month in repair bills.
Either way as you said, it will test them out.

Trevor.
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Follow Up By: jon p qld - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:08

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:08
Was the camping photo in your rig & profile taken at Bargara, it looks familiar, I've camped under those trees many times. Great spot.
Jon
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Follow Up By: Member - Happy Little Camper - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:15

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:15
Hey Jon
Yep your right about Bargara... nice spot only for the sudden storms that can wipe out your whole campsite while your enjoying a nice Chardy at the local...lol.

Cheers Rhonda

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Follow Up By: Exploder - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:19

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:19
Probably got sick of fixing front Diffs, Watchout the next think you know you’ll see a few Patrol's cruising the PIT floor LOL.
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Follow Up By: djrziggy - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:22

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:22
patrols are about as common on a mine site as hard working miners.
Darren
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Follow Up By: Shadowcat (WA) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 23:55

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 23:55
I agree with Darren. Worked on mine sites for about 18 years, mainly underground. Patrols are very rare. Always Toyotas. Some underground mines have specially built hybrids, but otherwise Landcruiser of some description (Hi Lux are rare).

My first post, for what it's worth

Paul
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 10:01

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 10:01
Trevor, you seem to be making an assumption that because the 100 series is bigger that it is tougher than the Prado. A 120 Prado is almost the same size as the old 80 series, runs a very similar drive train to the 100, (diffs, gearbox, transfer) but is 1/2 a tonne lighter resulting in far less failures like the blown diffs & lower control arms on the IFS cruisers. In a large fleet the Prado's turbo diesel would sugnificantly reduce fuel use yet still deliver more power than the aging 1HZ.
"Maybe a new snotty nose boss fresh out of Uni" is on to something here :-) But lets not fool ourselves.........the only tough landcruisers now are the troopy's & trays, if only they had a 4 door station wagon version.
Cheers Craig.......
HZJ105 not so tough Cruiser with 4 blown diffs & looking seriously at upgrading to a 120 Playdoe.

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Follow Up By: Shadowcat (WA) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 17:14

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 17:14
"Maybe a new snotty nose boss fresh out of Uni" is on to something here :-)"

You don't become a boss on a mine site straight out of uni. At least 4 to 5 years before you can have any real seniority, and that's only because of the shortage of suitably qualified personnel in the industry at present.

You wouldn't be impressing "big wigs" by saving a few litres of diesel in a light vehilce fleet. Just the opposite in fact.

Corporate wants to know how you can save on the big ticket items, equipment operating costs, power, mining and milling (treatment) costs - these are the areas where significant cost per unit savings can be made.

Paul
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Reply By: Member No 1- Friday, May 19, 2006 at 08:07

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 08:07
cost cutting
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Follow Up By: Redback - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 11:02

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 11:02
Going soft more like it ;-))
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Reply By: Rosco - Qld - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 11:35

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 11:35
They may be jumping the gun a tad.

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Cheers
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 14:36

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 14:36
Somehow Rosco I don't think they will be buying the old 90 model Prado.."The recalled vehicles were manufactured between April 1996 and January 1999." (as per your link:-)
Cheers Craig........
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Qld - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 14:46

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 14:46
Yeh mate, I noticed that. Just a Friday stir ..... ;-))

Cheers

Rosco
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 21:38

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 21:38
They probably got sick and tired of waiting for the 100series to come out with both factory TD and Rigid front end ....... like most of us.
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