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News and views from the RD Williams team and its three separate businesses: RD Williams MachineryRD Williams PartsExcavator Parts (including Queensland Rock Breakers).

Specialist Caterpillar Parts, Engine Repairs and Rebuilds

Specialist Caterpillar Parts, Engine Repairs and Rebuilds

Losing valuable work time is generally the most costly aspect of rebuilding or maintaining your Caterpillar Engine. To help keep downtime and budgets at a minimum, RD Williams offers a range of value for money alternatives to keep your machinery on the job.

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The Truth without the Hysteria

Did you know that 90% of what is reported in the News Media is focussed on the 2% of the population that lie, cheat, or commit crimes? A further 9% covers Sport and Gambling, and only 1% covers the Good News stories from the other 98% of the population. Scary statistics, particularly the way our perceptions can be distorted by this skewing of reality.

Scary statistics

Quick Hitch Updates

Well, the much anticipated WorkCover NSW Quick Hitch Position Paper has now  been released. Access the Position Paper document here. The new requirements take effect from 31/12/2013. You can read in more detail the key criteria when selecting your hitches on our Quick Hitch Update, however our interpretation of the requirements is that there are about a dozen automatic hitch designs now available in Australia that meet the new requirements. Note: These changes only apply in NSW at present. Also, existing hitches on existing machines are not necessarily required to be changed, provided the other conditions in the Position Paper are met.

Quick Hitch Update

Changes to Quick Hitch Requirements

Well, the much anticipated WorkCover NSW Quick Hitch Position Paper has now  been released. Access the Position Paper document here. The new requirements take effect from 31/12/2013. You can read in more detail the key criteria when selecting your hitches on our Quick Hitch Update, however our interpretation of the requirements is that there are about a dozen automatic hitch designs now available in Australia that meet the new requirements. Note: These changes only apply in NSW at present. Also, existing hitches on existing machines are not necessarily required to be changed, provided the other conditions in the Position Paper are met.

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Machines of the Month

Machines of the Month

RD Williams is your total earthmoving equipment solution. We have a range of quality new, used and refurbished earthmoving machinery, earthmoving parts, excavator parts and rock breaker parts that stand up to Australia’s harshest working conditions.

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Work Hurts

Picture an elite sports person. A toned, muscular body is probably one of the first things most people envisage, especially if they are body builders or involved in some type of gym junky movement. Strong, fit, knowledgeable about the limitations of their physical ability.

Which begs the question

Super Prophets

If you could make a Million dollars for comparatively very little effort, would you do it? Just think for a minute about what you would do with it. More holidays? Buy some nice luxury items, perhaps a yacht or a nicer home? Or just be able to eat out when you want to?

Superannuation saving

Quick Hitch Update

So what is happening in relation to Quick Hitches in Australia?

The immediate answer is NOTHING. Currently, all quick hitches that have a device (can be a manual locking pin) that prevent the bucket from falling off the hitch are allowed to be used in Australia.

However, this is likely to change in the future. Over the last year, there were two deaths in NSW related to buckets falling off excavators and crushing a person in the vicinity of the machine. The Coroners investigations are still ongoing, however in both cases, the manual locking pin had not been inserted. Workcover NSW commenced down the path of legislating to ban semi-automatic manual-pin quick hitches and drafted a paper to change over to fully automatic quick hitches (with indication). The draft paper was quickly withdrawn because of feedback critiquing the retrospective nature and costs involved in replacing previously compliant hitches, and at present, there is no new legislation banning any type of quick hitch currently being sold.

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Who moved my cheese?

A New Year heralds the time of the year when many of us set new goals and resolutions. Unless we believe strongly enough in the Goals or the need to change, it is unlikely we’ll be successful. Most people resent change, but there is a great book written by Spencer Johnson in 1998 titled “Who Moved My Cheese?” It depicts peoples’ adversity to changing with the times, in particular highlighting that an arrogance to not embracing change can impact on our very existence. Commonly used as a phrase to promote “change or die” agendas, the true message of the book is that by continuously exploring new options, the characters of the book find nicer cheese and a greater variety of choices.

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Car Wash

How to wash your car with one bucket of water.