The business was established in 1988 with 2 partners, Cliff Eyre and Glenn Smith. Eyre & Smith began business in a small rented shed in Chifley Street, East Maitland. The business soon outgrew itself and was relocated in October 1994 to our present location at Turton Road, Metford. We currently employ twelve staff and and Manager, Mr Neil Paterson.After Cliff Eyre sadly passed away in March 2000 the company ownership was transferred to Glenn Smith and Laurena Smith and as a mark of respect the trading name of Eyre & Smith was kept.
Due to the weight and nature of the products that are handling every day at Eyre & Smith, we have installed many labour saving devices in our 22mtr X 57mtr workshop. Having a roof height of 9mtrs, this has allowed us to install a 8 ton overhead travelling crane to move about larger items such as track and link assemblies. The overhead crane is very useful for folding, loading and offloading track assemblies and can be operated by one employee, this task was once done by our Fowler Crane (affectionately known as “LURCH”). Lurch has not yet been retired and is still used to transport stock back and forth from the yard to the shed
In addition to our overhead crane and “Lurch” we have also installed four, wall mounted jib cranes that can handle any track work in Australia to date. Used mostly to load smaller jobs onto the range of welding equipment and transfer plates on and off the “Track Presses”.
We currently have two track presses operating in our workshop, they are:
One 200 ton WTC Track Press can handle any track-link sizes up to D9L, D10 and D375
One 300 ton Track Press, specialising in D11N/R, D10, and D475
These track presses are used to dismantle and reassemble the tracks that come into our workshop for repair.
All our repair work is carried out to strict product specifications, this includes rebuild welding, torque settings, preheating etc.
The Rebuild Welding Process
At Eyre & Smith Re-Build Tracks and Welding we specialise in rebuilding and hard-facing using sub-arc welding techniques of rollers and idlers as well as no-track related products such as mill rollers for other fabrication shops. We use some of the latest sophisticated equipment combined with highly experienced staff and past years of trial and error to produce some of the best hard-facing results seen anywhere in today’s related industries.
The range of automatic welding equipment in our workshop consists of:
- Straight-line automatic sub-arc with attachments that can rotate jobs up to 2 ton (cutting or welding)
Sub-arc cutting and automatic welding of jobs up to 500kg
- Sub-arc cutting and automatic welding of jobs up to 1.5 ton
- Automatic twin sub-arc oscillating capable of open arc welding and cutting
- Automatic positioner, rotator sub-arc welder for jobs up to 3 ton and 3 metres in diameter
- Range of sub-arc welding equipment
A range of sub-arc welding equipment including straight-line and automatic oscillating heads
Pre-heating to product, material specification is undertaken by the use of either LPG burners (torches) or our 2 cubic metre (2^3) heating oven where pre and post heating can be achieved up to 400 degrees C