Baxters is pleased to welcome Mr Dean McKellar to the position of General Manager as of the May 2018.Read More
19 December 2018
The 2018 Charging and Starting Solutions Catalogue is Out Now - Contact your local representative or branch for your copy.
07 March 2016
Baxters Safetyshunt was featured in the May 2016 edition of Australiasian Bus & Coach Magazine.
You can read the article here
19 December 2018
Designed specifically for Australian conditions, the Navigator 7” driving lamp produces a highly effective beam pattern delivering even light from directly in front of the vehicle eliminating black spots produced by leading competitor’s lamps. The Navigator not only meets but exceeds the minimum requirements for ADR and ECE approval ensuring better performance and visibility. With reduced glare, comes reduced eye strain and greater driver comfort, not only for the vehicle operator but also for on-coming traffic.
05 February 2016
Introducing the Safetyshunt, an intelligent high current circuit protector
Vehicle electrical fires represent a growing financial exposure for many truck owners and fleet operators. Truck fires continue to account for 1 in 10 truck loss incidents, with electrical failure accounting for nearly 70% of fires ignited in the cabin or engine bay region1. The cost of a truck loss due to a fire can venture into the hundreds of thousands of dollars with loss of load, vehicle downtime, repair costs and insurance claims all contributing to a significant financial loss.Read More
Upgraded Australian designed safety switch is now best-in-class and IP69K rated.
The second generation of Baxters DPS series Electronic Battery Master switch has been designed from the ground up to provide the highest level of safety achievable. It is manufactured to meet and exceed Australian ADR standards, European EC and EX requirements and now includes additional features for the global market. Along with the high level of safety achieved, the electrical design of the switch is efficient and it will not negatively impact the start or charge circuits of the application.Read More
12 October 2015
Inside you’ll find Baxters extensive range of lighting solutions for all automotive applications. Baxters lights are known for their industry leading luminous efficacy and are packaged in an IP67 rated housing and shielded behind a polycarbonate lens. They are built for the rough life. All Baxters branded lights also come with a 5 year warranty!
19 December 2018
National Transport Insurance's (NTI) 2015 Major Accident Investigation Report identified non-impact truck fires as a growing area of concern representing 10.7% of large losses (losses exceeding $50,000). www.nti.com.au
Not surprisingly, when fire is involved the losses tend to be greater (averaging $170,000 per claim using the 2012 data).
The focus of this post is electrical failure which accounts for nearly 70% of cabin and engine bay fires. More specifically the operation of the starter motor and the starter motor circuit which together are probably the major cause of electrical fires.
We started looking into this issue a couple of years ago after reading earlier reports by NTI and ARTSA that raised concerns about the lack of protection for starter motor cables. www.artsa.com.au
At around the same time we were doing some work for Anglo Coal to mitigate the risk of electrical fire in face shovels and it occurred to us that the circuit protection developed for Anglo could be adapted to protect the start circuit.
The outcome of our project is the SafetyShunt.Read More
19 December 2018
The beauty of coming from a heavy duty background is that in a year heavy duty products will receive the sort of usage that a lot of light duty won’t even receive over its entire lifetime, allowing us to quickly identify issues with various designs long before we would in a light duty application.
05 July 2015
Counterfeiters don’t have the same interest in quality as the OEM’s and they aren’t forced to undergo the testing and validation that the vehicle manufacturers impose on their OEM partners. So while the knockoff might fit ok and look the part it may not perform to the standard of the original OEM component. In a truck travelling at a 100 kms and with a GVM of 60,000 kgs … counterfeiting becomes a road safety issue.
Leaving aside the potential safety issues, consider the costs and inconvenience of a truck parked up on the side of the road due to component failure. Our fleet customers tell us the minimum cost of an on-highway breakdown is $2500 and the average around $5000 per incident.
And consider the view of an owner-driver or fleet operator who has unknowingly fitted, or had fitted, a counterfeit component to his truck.
I experienced this first hand last week. We manufacture the starter motor fitted OE on a popular make of prime mover. When a major fleet in Darwin had a failure of a recently replaced starter they gave me a buzz to share their displeasure and organise a replacement. The first thing we did was get a new starter on the truck. The second thing we did was arrange to get the failed starter back for a complete failure analysis.
The product that turned up looked the same and was sporting the OE packaging but key components had been substituted with cheap copies.Read More