Sanders & Woods reports 20 tonnes payload on new DAF tipper 10 August 2010

With its new DAF CF85 eight-wheeler tipping the scales at just under 12 tonnes, East Midlands operator Sanders & Woods Transport reckons it is achieving a payload of more than 20 tonnes.

But Steve Tilley, a director of the family run firm, also points to other improvements that are improving loading and tipping times.
The combination of DAF's FAD four-axle chassis, with an aluminium fuel tank, Wilcox Wilcolite body and Durabrite alloy wheels is the secret behind the new truck's payload.

Then optimising that payload is achieved via a PM1300 on-board weighing system linked to a camera inside the body and to a reversing camera – with both images and weight information being provided through a single in-cab screen.

Tilley explains that at the start of loading, the driver switches on the camera that looks into the body and, without leaving his cab, can watch that the load is being spread correctly. At the same time he can keep an eye on the gross weight figure in the top corner of the screen, and inform the shovel operator when full.

He can then sheet the load using the air-operated Wilcover sheeting system and, on arrival at the delivery point, automatically un-sheet. Also from the cab he can open the air-operated tailgate either fully or to a level for controlled discharge into a tarmac laying machine. The result is much reduced loading and unloading times and more loads in a day.

It's all good, but Tilley says DAF's 'Earn Now, Pay Later' scheme, which provides a three month holiday before payments begin, was another clincher.

"It's been tough in the tipping industry recently and this has impacted on cash flow for all tipper firms. This scheme means that we can start earning revenue immediately, and it assists us to manage our cash flow better, which, for a small 12-vehicle business like ours, is very helpful."

The 5.7 metre FAD CF85 is powered by the Euro 5 DAF MX265 engine delivering 360bhp (265kW) at 1,900 rpm – delivering 11.25bhp per tonne power to weight ratio, which, along with a torque of 1,775Nm between 1,000 and 1,410rpm and a mechanical diff lock, means it can handle most conditions. The engine is matched to a 12-speed AS-tronic automated gearbox.

Brian Tinham

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