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Bell broadens portfolio with 4x4

Bell Equipment has developed a new 4x4 for off-highway applications that will be on show at Intermat 2018.

The B30E has been designed for small- to medium-sized quarries and will feature on stand alongside the company’s B40E earthmover from its more traditional range of 6x6 machines.

Bell Equipment product marketing manager Tristan du Pisanie said, “This 4x4 is a supplement to the company's traditional 6x6 ADT range by providing a practical alternative to those customers who have had to choose between tipper trucks, rigid dump trucks and 6x6 ADTs. In addition to smaller quarry operations, the truck will also target specific markets, such as tunnelling.”

While not possessing the off-road capabilities of a 6x6, the B30E is capable of performing on undulating haulage roads and light terrain in a variety of conditions.

The front tires are typical 23.5R25 tyres, whereas the heavier loaded rear axle uses 29.5R25 tires, commonly found on 40t ADTs.

The 21.5-metric ton two-axle truck is based on the 6x6 model Bell B30E and shares the front chassis and oscillation/articulation joint that provides permanent contact of all wheels.

A 246 kW Mercedes-Benz engine and six-gear Allison automatic transmission with integrated automatic retarder are equipped on the vehicle that has a 28000kg payload and a redesigned 18.6 m³ bin.

With an outer turning circle diameter of 14.6m, it is 1.3m smaller than the three-axle version.

Du Pisanie added, “Looking to the future, we clearly see the potential to grow the 4x4 concept in different size classes. We believe that the economic benefits of the 4x4 combined with its all-round weather ability will provide a worthy challenger for the rigid dump truck technology currently dominating the transport segment in smaller to medium- sized quarries."

March 9, 2018

Written by James Allen


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