Lafarge trials prove Edbro CX14 tipping cylinders 06 January 2012

A little over one year since Edbro launched its weight-saving CX14 hydraulic tipper cylinders and Lafarge started its trials, the latter is reporting success – and a commitment to the cylinders.

"The hydraulic cylinder is an integral part of a tipper and must be right," comments Nick Elliot, national transport manager for Lafarge.

"Fortunately, Edbro has a fantastic fit-and-forget reputation and subjects all of its cylinders to extremely vigorous testing throughout all stages of R&D and manufacture," he continues.

However, Elliot explains that Lafarge decided to trial the CX14 for a year to assess the real benefits and to ensure that it operated efficiently with the loads it needs to carry.

"I am happy to say that we are consistently achieving superb payloads," he confirms. "The gear has performed to Edbro's standards, and the weight saving cannot be ignored. We have chosen to specify the cylinder on all this year's vehicle builds."

In fact, Elliot says Lafarge instantly saved 65kg without compromising the body design or risking safety issues.

That, he says, is down to the compact combined tank and cylinder unit, which can provide weight-savings to rigid truck applications from 15 to 32 tonnes gvw.

Brian Tinham

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