Bell broadens portfolio with 4×4

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Bell Equipment has developed a new 4×4 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 6×6 machines.

Bell Equipment product marketing manager Tristan du Pisanie said, “This 4×4 is a supplement to the company’s traditional 6×6 ADT range by providing a practical alternative to those customers who have had to choose between tipper trucks, rigid dump trucks and 6×6 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 6×6, 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 6×6 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 4×4 concept in different size classes. We believe that the economic benefits of the 4×4 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

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