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AMS Mining Transportation Services

ASHLEY DANN – AMS MINING
TRANSPORTATION COMPANY PRINCIPAL

“We had a few other brands in mind but the standard of Cat’s show stand and the professional response of the people we spoke to, the more we looked at it, the more Cat stood out.”

“I like the style of the Cat and we could get the spec we wanted without paying a big premium for the badge on the front so as far as value-for-money went, the LS was definitely a good proposition.”

Cat-CT630LS-Ashley-Dann

FLEET PROFILE

Industry Freight Transportation Arrangement

In Business 6 years

Truck CT630LS

Employees 5

“There’s a lot to like about this truck, especially for our type of work where no two days are the same and we’re always changing from one trailer to another.”

There were many reasons why Queensland company AMS Mining Transportation Services chose Cat’s flagship CT630LS model for its first new prime mover, but top of the heap were high standards of customer service and the judgement that the Cat truck offered greater value-for-money than any direct competitor.

We weren’t limited by price and I have to admit Cat wasn’t even a front-runner when we went to the Brisbane Truck Show last year to look at what we might buy for our first new prime mover,” AMS company principal Ashley Dann explained.

“We’d bought a couple of new small trucks in the past but we wanted our first new prime mover to be something special, particularly because I’d be the one driving it.

“The fact is we had a few other brands in mind but the standard of Cat’s show stand and the professional response of the people we spoke to, well, the more we looked at it, the more Cat stood out.

Eventually it became obvious Cat was the right truck for the business

“I like the style of the Cat and we could get the spec we wanted without paying a big premium for the badge on the front so as far as value-for-money went, the LS was definitely a good proposition.”

What’s more, the company’s liking for Cat engines has further developed into a strong regard for Cat’s service network, notably through the dedicated Hastings Deering Cat Trucks dealership at Richlands in Brisbane’s west.

AMS Mining Transportation Services is a family-owned company with its operational base at Moranbah in the heart of Queensland’s coal-rich Bowen Basin, about 1000 km north of Brisbane.

Evolving from a successful auto electrical business which specialised in trucks and heavy construction and mining equipment, demand for AMS services from mining and drilling companies has grown to the point where the company’s workload is both diverse and demanding.

Starting with a second-hand prime mover and a couple of trailers, AMS today shifts a wide variety of loads over short and long distances, operating combinations that range from roadtrains to tilttray trucks running on everything from bitumen roads to mine access routes and rough bush tracks.

The equipment inventory includes an extensive range of trailers from extendible flat-tops to low-loaders, drop-decks and a 14.6 metre ‘super-tilt’ unit which lifts to 36 degrees and is equipped with twin heavy-duty winches for recovery work and moving containers and work sheds.

Meantime, the new Cat CT630LS is the latest of three prime movers in the operation and accepting the keys to the truck from Hastings Deering Cat Trucks dealer principal Gary Johnson, a confident Ashley Dann commented, “There’s a lot to like about this truck, especially for our type of work where no two days are the same and we’re always changing from one trailer to another.”

“Like, it’s a practical cab and vision over the bonnet is really good. But for me, the big assets are the sleeper and the engine.

“The fact that there’s no EGR or SCR emissions system is certainly a positive and as for the bunk, there’s plenty of room to stand up, it’s well laid out and there’s everything I need without it being overdone. It’s a good set-up.

“As far as I’m concerned, the whole thing’s just right,” he concluded.

AMS Cat CT630LS At A Glance

Chassis Weights (kg)

Front 4990

Rear 3990

Total 8980

GCM

PAX460 90 tonnes

Engine

Cat C15 ACERT ADR 80/03 emissions compliant

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