DAF expands its construction range

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DAF Trucks is expanding its range to include a number of new vehicle configurations for the consruction sector.

The range includes an 8x4 ‘tridem’ rigid with double-drive tandem and steered trailing rear axle.

DAF is also introducing a 10-tonne front axle, and a completely new 7.5-tonne non-steered trailing axle.

In addition to its existing 7.5, 8 and 9-tonne front axles, DAF will be offering a 10-tonne version in the CF and XF from the second half of this year. This is of particular interest for applications in the construction segment, where high front axle loads are commonplace — for example, when a heavy crane is mounted immediately behind the cab.

DAF is also introducing a new 7.5-tonne trailing axle with single wheels. It features a newly designed die cast axle housing, which boasts even greater rigidity and is even more robust than its predecessor, while its weight has been reduced by 10 kilograms. The static load capacity has been increased by 25% to 26 tonnes — an important consideration if the load rests briefly on the rearmost axle during loading and unloading of, for instance, a roll-on-off container.

A new configuration within the range of four-axle trucks with single and double drive is the FAW, which will be available ex-factory later this year. This is a four-axle CF or XF rigid with a tridem, consisting of the SR1360T tandem with single reduction or the HR1670T tandem with hub reduction, and a steered rearmost axle.

The new 8x4 FAW chassis has a technical GVW of 37 tonnes. A turning circle of just 7.8 metres makes the 8x4 FAW ideally suited for transporting large or heavy loads to construction sites where there is relatively little space. The new chassis lends itself perfectly as a tipper, concrete mixer, for bodywork with a rear loading crane or for a combination of a loading crane with a hook lift system.

The latest generation of the XF FTM heavy-haulage tractor is designed for heavy haulage and exceptional transport applications, where combination weights can add up to 120 tonnes. The use of a single front axle and three rear axles means that the axle capacity can be fully exploited without exceeding legally permitted loads.

It has a wheel base of 4.65 metres and is characterised by the relatively compact construction and a technical GVW of 41 tonnes. This offers significant advantages in terms of manoeuvrability and fifth wheel position, which is important in case of operation with short neck specialist trailers.

The FAX is an 8x2 rigid with two steered front axles (8 or 9 tonnes) and a steered trailing rear axle (7.5 tonnes) behind the driven axle. This version is already available as a CF and can now also be ordered as an XF.

DAF will continue to offer Construction variants of the LF and CF, especially for trucks that are regularly driven off-road. They feature a specifically designed bumper and grille, a 25-degree approach angle and a generous ground clearance of 32 (LF) or 40 (CF) centimetres, to suit operation across uneven terrain.

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