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May 16, 2012


What are all those mechanics at the bus barn doing?
Clearly not replacing gaskets.
Those drips may be (another/) sign of a bigger problem.

We've got some old Orion units running around town. They were made in Mississauga. Hmmm.
The newer Novabus units were made in Quebec.
When will we learn?
Buy Canadian, I wonder.
But to be serious, these units get constant abuse, stop and go driving on a daily basis and with the stupid anti idling rules they are bound to show some fatigue.
Rule #1 for deisel engines: DON'T turn them off unless it is absolutely required!
Anyone who knows anything about deisels or heavy equipment understands this point.
Our mayor and premier don't.

I just took a photo of the oil stains left on my road by the Guelph hydro trucks that stopped by the other day to work on the lines. Both trucks running the entire time

Sorry to hear that some oil was leaking from our trucks. We will look into that but, in the meantime, thought you might like to know that we use an environmentally friendly line of oils that are free of heavy metals, non-toxic, biodegradable and recyclable.
Also, it is necessary for us to run our trucks in order to provide power to the boom and bucket. The good news is we added a hybrid bucket truck to our fleet last year that features an emission-free, battery-powered aerial boom. Other hybrid trucks will be added as our current trucks reach the end of their useful life.
Sandy Manners - Director of Corporate Communications, Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc.

Sandy - It's really a shame that you don't know these lubricants and what they are costing us in maintenance to the trucks, cost to operate and life of same. My background... retired lubrication engineer.

So,Ms.Manners,perhaps you and GUELPH Hydro have some reasoned,scientific-based, rebuttal to "Jim's"( a "...retired lubrication engineer...") cost of maintenance and life-expectancy perspective from use of these newfangled lubricants?My bet is that the cost of these lubricants is much,much higher than normal lubricants,akin to the soaring costs of hydro.

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Joanne Shuttleworth is the newsroom lead in municipal affairs coverage for the Guelph Mercury. She is a former Guelph YWCA Woman of Distinction honouree and a past winner of an Ontario Newspapers Award for her work as an editor. You can reach her at jshuttleworth@guelphmercury.com

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