DAF builds offering for construction vehicle market10 April 2019

DAF Trucks says it is expanding its construction vehicle portfolio with new chassis variants and new axles, declaring its ambition to secure this segment’s “considerable growth potential”.

As well as a new 10-tonne front axle for the CF and XF, available from the second half of this year, DAF is launching a new 7.5-tonne non-steered trailing axle said to be ideal for use on payload-sensitive work and in less arduous applications, such as transporting building materials.

It features a newly designed die cast axle housing, with greater rigidity and more robust than its predecessor, while its weight has been reduced by 10kg. The static load capacity has been increased by 25% to 26 tonnes.

The manufacturer is also expanding its chassis range with new axle configurations.

For example, the CF and XF 8x4 trucks are available with double-drive tandem and steered trailing axle; and the XF FAX, an 8x2 rigid with two steered front axles – already available as a CF but now also offered as an XF, with gvw of 37 tonnes.

Another highlight is the XF 8x4 FTM tractor, with double-drive tandem and steered pusher axle together forming a tridem. DAF says the XF is ideal for heavy haulage and exceptional transport applications, where combination weights can total 120 tonnes. The FTM’s wheelbase of 4.65m gives it advantages in terms of manoeuvrability and fifth wheel position.

DAF will also continue to offer construction variants of both the LF and CF.

Laura Cork

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