• History

Tilly's History

30+ years in Business.

The association with crawler tractors started with Richard Tilly in 1928 when he purchased one of the first ever crawler tractors imported into Australia. It was a Holt T35. The Holt Manufacturing Co. and the Best Tractor Co. later amalgamated to form the Caterpillar Tractor Co. This association was continued and further developed by his son Hugh and his grandson Andrew, but it was Andrew who first saw a future in a parts supply business.

Tilly's Crawler Parts Pty Ltd was established in 1984 by Andrew Tilly and is now one of Australia's most successful suppliers of quality alternative parts to the earthmoving and excavation industry for Caterpillar and Komatsu.

"Our aim is the right part, at the right price - right now"

Andrew Tilly agrees that working with machinery and selling new and used parts was something he was always going to do after growing up closely connected to the industry. And after 28 years as Managing Director of Tilly's Crawler Parts Pty Ltd he is confidently looking forward to the future.

"It's in my blood for sure, ever since I was little Dad was selling machinery from our Condamine property, the Tilly's name has been known for 45 years which is when Dad started selling machines at Condamine," Andrew says.

After completing university at USQ in 1981 Andrew started a diesel fitter's apprenticeship with his father, which gave him a good understanding of the machinery industry.

A visit to the Kronks Earthmoving machinery auction in Toowoomba in 1984 put in place the foundations of the business, which now employs over seventy people and services more than 20,000 customers throughout Australia and overseas.

Although the business has developed during the past 28 years, Andrew is still passionate about sourcing the best quality new and secondhand parts from within Australia and around the world. The business is continuing to move forward in a number of ways including the shift to later model machinery and a continuing expansion into excavators.

The purchase of existing business Tractor Parts in 1990 allowed a slight refocus on new parts, in addition to secondhand parts and machinery.