Ten-wheeler trac­tor big­gest yet in Oz

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

SCA­NIA re­cently sent out its big­gest truck yet for Aus­tralia, an R730 V8 8x8 con­verted to 10x8. (The num­bers in­di­cate 10 axle ends, eight of which are driven.)

The truck trac­tor will tow a su­per quad road train in Western Aus­tralia.

Sca­nia said in a state­ment, the truck is con­fig­ured to take ad­van­tage of any fu­ture pay­load reg­u­la­tion changes to pull a road train of up to 220 tons.

The truck was de­liv­ered to Qube Bulk that will use the new 10x8 as part of its Per­for­mance-Based Stan­dards-ap­proved quad road train for haul­ing bulk iron ore six-and-a-half days a week in Pil­bara, Western Aus­tralia.

Fully Loaded re­ports with around the clock treat­ment and with trips close to 450 km, the truck may cover a mil­lion km over its first three years in ac­tion.

Di­rec­tor of Qube Bulk Todd Em­mert said a stan­dard Quad Road Train can pull 175 tons, or 200 tons and the com­pany an­tic­i­pates a raise to 220 tons soon.

“One of the ben­e­fits of the higher pay­load is ul­ti­mately a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of truck move­ments on a given piece of road. Re­duced in­ter­ac­tions be­tween cars and trucks, and hav­ing trucks with higher lev­els of safety will all com­bine to make these roads safer for all road users,” Em­mert said in a state­ment.

The Sca­nia 10x8 fea­tures a 4 700 mm axle and 1 450 mm bo­gie dis­tances, while it boasts a Euro 5 en­gine with EEV-en­hanced, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ve­hi­cle spec­i­fi­ca­tion. It can run on biodiesel.

The Sca­nia fully au­to­mated Op­ti­cruise gear change sys­tem comes with stan­dard, power and off-road modes as well as Ecocruise. — WR.

‘A re­duc­tion in the num­ber of truck move­ments and hav­ing trucks with higher lev­els of safety will all com­bine to make these roads safer’

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Ready for Aus­tralia’s heav­i­est loads yet, Sca­nia’s 10x8 truck trac­tor.

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