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    5 Hours To Tighten A Nut

    Last Friday I was heading to Brisbane. It was ****ing down rain and when I got to Jerilderie the drivers side wiper decided to no longer wipe.

    This was 8 PM. Rang work who organised a mechanic. As I was in NSW he had to come from Albury, due to covid.

    By the time a mechanic was organised, he had to go to his work to get a spare wiper arm it was 1 am, 5 hours later when I left.

    When he arrived he tightened the nut where the wiper arm attaches to the spindle, and all was good.

    We the decided to fit the new arm as a precaution, which only added about 20 minutes.

    If only I had a spanner in the truck.
    Dave.

    I was asked " Is it ignorance or apathy?" I replied "I don't know and I don't care."



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    Quote Originally Posted by d2dave View Post
    Last Friday I was heading to Brisbane. It was ****ing down rain and when I got to Jerilderie the drivers side wiper decided to no longer wipe.

    This was 8 PM. Rang work who organised a mechanic. As I was in NSW he had to come from Albury, due to covid.

    By the time a mechanic was organised, he had to go to his work to get a spare wiper arm it was 1 am, 5 hours later when I left.

    When he arrived he tightened the nut where the wiper arm attaches to the spindle, and all was good.

    We the decided to fit the new arm as a precaution, which only added about 20 minutes.

    If only I had a spanner in the truck.
    That is appalling, remember the good old days when cars actually came with a tool kit, usually a couple of commonly used spanners and a couple of screwdrivers and even a pair of pliers.
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    I was in a Kenworth truck though.
    Dave.

    I was asked " Is it ignorance or apathy?" I replied "I don't know and I don't care."



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    Thats happened to me and a few of the drivers when I worked at WOW.
    Something simple would work itself loose and your stuck on the side of the road or at a servo waiting for the help to arrive.
    One of the best O/T days was when I was leaving Orange. Just after I got to the 100kph sign I lost all power.
    **** I coasted to where I could pull over safely and then I couldnt get ph reception.
    Walked up to a slight rise on the side of the road and called work. Time was about 1730-1800.
    Thought they would have someone from Bathurst sent out(scania workshop there), but no they sent a towie out from Sydney.
    About 2300 the towie turns up. Its just after midnight when we get going. I told the towie to stop at Mt Lambie cause I was starving and wanted to eat.
    We turned up at work just as dawn was starting break over the horizon.
    After dumping the trailer in the middle of the yard and filling out the paperwork, I had 9 hrs double time up.(We used to get paid hourly when we did the country runs)
    Needless to say I had that day off(1300 starts)

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    You donít carry a Leatherman? 5 Hours To Tighten A Nut
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    Quote Originally Posted by RANDLOVER View Post
    That is appalling, remember the good old days when cars actually came with a tool kit, usually a couple of commonly used spanners and a couple of screwdrivers and even a pair of pliers.
    Thatís because they needed them, sometimes daily 5 Hours To Tighten A Nut
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    One trucking company I worked for, it was compulsory for us to buy a toolbox with specified tools in it and to take it with us. Made sense, especially as we were out on the Nullabor a lot.
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    Seriously guys just how hard is it to carry a couple of shifters,a pair of plyers and a couple of screwdrivers in your workbag when you front up for work??
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    I'm surprised you don't have a small, basic handful of tools, Dave. An 8" shifter, pair of slip joint pliers and a Toyota changeable handle screwdriver will cover most minor emergencies.
    If you don't like trucks, stop buying stuff.
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    On the farm my dad always had tool boxes in all of machinery filled with an assortment of tools that he would have purchased at clearing sales. My brother would always complain to dad about his poor tools - until one day - my brother was working for the neighbour and driving their tractor and he required a hammer to remove a pin on a piece of equipment. As you do he went straight to the tool box on the tractor, opens it up to finds.......Nothing. As he was several K's from the farm house he spent the next couple of hours bashing this pin out with whatever he could find laying around in the paddock. When he finally got home he went to dad and said " dad I'm not going to complain about your tools anymore - At Least You Have Tools!"

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