A trial of a new DAF CF 440 FTG 6x2 mid-lift tractor with Muldoon trailer and McPhee mixer combination has proved effective in reducing traffic movements and boosting delivery volumes for Hanson UK.
The aggregates, cement and ready-mix concrete producer is contemplating a fleet-wide shift to the truck/rear-steer trailer configuration following successful in-service tests in London, Manchester, Leicester and Burton-on-Trent. The DAF and Muldoon-McPhee set-up utilises the Euro-6 engine’s power take-off to power the drum rather than a separate donkey engine, thereby cutting emissions and noise as well as improving payload.
A resulting kerb-weight of 16,500kg is delivering productivity benefits, without compromising tight access often experienced when accessing construction sites. The cab includes a passenger door lower window from Cheshire-based Astra Vehicle Technologies providing a direct view of cyclists and pedestrians on the nearside of the vehicle.
Hanson regional transport manager Tim Sage said the co-operation of DAF dealer Evans Halshaw was a key factor in its decision to select the CF six-wheeler. “So far, the DAF CF has been ticking boxes ever since the trial started and the truck/trailer combination has been a resounding success on sites across the UK - our operations team all responding with positive feedback – there’s certainly the potential for more units to come into service”, he said.
“We’ve traditionally used 6x4 and 8x4 mixers which give us 6-metre and 7.5-metre volumes respectively.“This new artic configuration, however, can carry 12 cubic metres on certain products, potentially doubling the carrying capacity on one vehicle, and halving the number of vehicle journeys.”
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