Work­horses just for us

Sca­nia does a lo­calised rig for Oz con­di­tions

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Big Wheels -

A RUGGED new range of Sca­nia trucks is be­ing spe­cially pre­pared for duty in Aus­tralia.

Sca­nia’s lo­cal arm has added new off-road G-se­ries mod­els to its sta­ble, while a tougher P-se­ries model is on the way.

The ad­di­tion of the grav­el­friendly work­horses is a sign Sca­nia is fo­cus­ing more closely on the boom­ing min­ing in­dus­try both over­seas and in Aus­tralia.

The new hard-work­ing rigs are sim­ply called the Off-road range and are aimed at con­struc­tion, min­ing and coun­cil ser­vices.

Sca­nia has re­worked the trucks to cope with tougher off-road con­di­tions and to be more durable.

The front-end fea­tures a tough new steel bumper, re-po­si­tioned head­lights and a sturdy shield aimed at pro­tect­ing for­ward en­gine com­po­nents such as the ra­di­a­tor and the lead­ing edge of the sump.

En­gi­neers se­lected a rugged bumper that pro­trudes 80mm far­ther than the reg­u­lar bumper and now sits out a to­tal of 135mm to pro­tect the cab from low speed knocks and scrapes.

It has been de­signed with an off-road friendly at­tack an­gle (25 de­grees), to com­ple­ment ramp and de­par­ture an­gles that Sca­nia de­scribes as gen­er­ous, and can be re­moved more quickly and more eas­ily than a stan­dard bumper.

Sca­nia says the truck is el­i­gi­ble for off-road clas­si­fi­ca­tion, which means it does not have to run a fron­tun­der-run pro­tec­tion bumper.

Work­ers are bet­ter able to safely clean the wind­screen of the truck thanks to a fold-out ac­cess step lo­cated be­low the tow-pin and a non-slip sur­face on the top of the bumper.

The truck’s head­lights have been moved far­ther away from the bumper to limit dam­age in the event of work­site bin­gles. The bulbs have been sep­a­rated and are fit­ted with steel guards for ex­tra pro­tec­tion.

Steel guards are also avail­able for the op­tional bumper­mounted fog-lights.

The side steps have been sep­a­rated from the bumper, again to limit the po­ten­tial for dam­age, and the low­est step is mounted on rub­ber belts.

Sca­nia en­gi­neers al­tered the chas­sis to work bet­ter on rugged and of­ten slip­pery ter­rain, mak­ing changes to the sus­pen­sion, drive­shafts and hub re­duc­tion sys­tem.

The truck’s trac­tion con­trol sys­tem has been tuned to work in slip­pery sit­u­a­tions and the au­to­mated Op­ti­cruise trans­mis­sion is fit­ted out with a spe­cial off-road pro­gram as well as a re­tarder that works bet­ter at low speeds.

Sca­nia also of­fers all-wheel drive sys­tems and spe­cial high­rid­ing chas­sis to en­able the trucks to work bet­ter on rugged ter­rain. As part of the off-road over­haul, air sus­pen­sion is now avail­able on the high-rid­ing chas­sis. While some of the fea­tures that are now part of the Off-road packs were pre­vi­ously avail­able, they had to be spe­cially or­dered.

The Off-road op­tion is a far more eco­nom­i­cal way of get­ting the gear.

Sca­nia says the changes will make a dif­fer­ence to op­er­a­tors.

‘‘ These ro­bust de­sign fea­tures on the new Off-road chas­sis fur­ther en­hance per­for­mance in these ap­pli­ca­tions,’’ Sca­nia Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Roger Mc­carthy says.

‘‘ To­gether with Sca­nia’s com­pre­hen­sive model pro­gram, we can of­fer our cus­tomers a re­li­able way to in­crease valu­able up­time and prof­itabil­ity.’’

Mc­carthy says the new Of­froad op­tions will help lower re­pair costs, in­crease prod­uct life and in­crease re­sale value of Sca­nia trucks. He ex­pects it will help Sca­nia make in­roads into the min­ing in­dus­try.

James Stan­ford

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