First UK Iveco Hi-Traction tipper to Brocks

Essex excavation specialist Brocks Haulage has become the first UK operator to specify tippers equipped with Iveco’s Hi-Traction hydraulic auxiliary front axle-drive system.

The system is fitted to nine new Stralis X-Way 8x4 tippers. The Boweld-bodied trucks are the first Ivecos to join Brocks’ 55-strong fleet, which is based at Purfleet and operates on construction sites across the south-east.

The family firm chose the Ivecos after a week of intensive testing of a demonstrator by one of its most experienced drivers. Brocks operations director Anthony Brown said: “Our driver, who has driven a variety of tippers over his 20 years’ employment with us, was very impressed. We’re now putting all nine through their paces and performance both on- and off-road has been excellent.
“We’ve used other manufacturers in the past, but the Stralis X-Way is now a major consideration for our future replacements.” Another key factor in the decision was the delivery lead time of just eight weeks.

The Hi-Traction system, specified alongside the OFF chassis option that provides an approach angle in excess of 25 degrees, uses hydraulic hub motors powered by the truck’s PTO. When engaged, it automatically activates drive on the front axle when the rear wheels lose traction. It also has a start boost function, which provides drive to the front axle at up to 6kph regardless of rear grip.

The trucks also feature the Cursor 11 420 engine driving through the latest Hi-Matic transmission, and Hi-Cruise  adaptive cruise control. Being a CLOCS champion and FORS silver member, Brocks has specified a blind spot passenger door window, 360-degree cameras, audible left-turn warning and side under-run protection. Servicing, under a five-year IVECO Elements R&M contract will be provided by local dealer Acorn Trucks at West Thurrock.

  • Tip-ex Tank-ex, taking place in Harrogate from 30 May - 1 June 2019 is the UK's must-attend event for operators in the dry bulk and liquid tanker sectors. You can register free on the website.

New Kogel tipping trailer with extra drive

Kogel is to launch a tipping trailer as a follow on from its curtainsider, the Kögel Trucker Trailer which was launched at last year’s IAA Show in Hannover. The German manufacturer has applied the same principles to its tipping trailers as it did the curtainsider, with a great deal of driver consultation in the design process.

The result is the Kögel Trucker Tipper (KTT) (pictured), which claims a high degree of user friendliness and improved payload thanks to an increased use of aluminium. Although on the launch trailer, the floor is made of 4mm Hardox 450 steel, the sides and headboard are aluminium, 5mm and 7mm respectively, saving up to 430kg compared with 4mm steel

The KTT’s major advantage, though, is the option of an SAF TRAK axle, which has hydraulic drive motors fitted within its hubs and powered from the existing hydraulic tipping system, providing extra traction on steep slopes and uneven terrain. To eliminate the need for any external chutes, the trailer has a 170mm longer rear overhang than previous models, while the tailboard catches have a self-cleaning design to prevent fouling and stone jamming. The KTT is also available with the Kögel Luxima LED rear light system, which incorporates reverse monitoring in the light units.

While the launch trailer is equipped with aluminium wheels and fuel tanks, Kögel acknowledged that at a minimum of 5,520kg unladen, the 24cu m KTT might be too heavy for many payload-conscious UK operators, but for those with different priorities it may be an appealing proposition.

  • Tip-ex Tank-ex, taking place in Harrogate from 30 May - 1 June 2019 is the UK's must-attend event for operators in the dry bulk and liquid tanker sectors. You can register free on the website.