Ten-wheeler tractor biggest yet in Oz
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’
Ready for Australia’s heaviest loads yet, Scania’s 10x8 truck tractor.