DAF Trucks has introduced a ZF 12-speed AS Tronic transmission as an option on its LF Sweeper chassis, in collaboration with Johnston Sweepers.
The wide ratio spread option bridges a gap between existing manual and fully automatic transmission options from Allison, delivering low-speed control when sweeping, and efficient, low noise cruising speeds over longer distances.
It was introduced following demand from Johnston Sweepers’ customers.
The first two 18-tonne GVW Johnston-bodied vehicles equipped with the AS Tronic option are now in operation with Go Plant and Sweeptech.
DAF Trucks offers a dedicated sweeper chassis at the sweeper sector’s most popular 16-tonnes weight category – fully engineered specifically for sweeper applications and to suit the full range of bodybuilders and body types. DAF Trucks also offers sweeper-suitable models at 7.5-, 12- and 18-tonnes GVW.
“This additional transmission option significantly consolidates the position of our dedicated 16-tonne LF Sweeper chassis as the market-leading product on the market,” said DAF Trucks’ municipal sales manager David Price.
Graham Howlett, UK sales and marketing manager at Johnston Sweepers, added: “The 16-tonne DAF LF sweeper chassis is the most popular truck in the sector, so it is essential we respond to feedback from customers. Working with DAF Trucks, we have delivered an exacting specification that suits the demands of both Local Authority operators and major contractors whose requirements can differ markedly.”