Ready to deliver E-Series large trucks
Following successful local and international previews, worldwide sales of Bell Equipment’s eagerly anticipated E-series Large Trucks have commenced to meet a very strong worldwide demand.
Incorporating the latest in Articulated Dump Truck (ADT) design and technology, the Bell E-series large trucks are the culmination of three and a half years of development and testing. A representation of the evolution on the D-series range, which has set industry standards and led ADT innovations for over a decade.
The E-series range was launched three years ago with the smaller B25E and B30E. The large trucks add four new models: the B40E, B45E, B50E and the innovative 4x4 crossover, the B60E.
Bell is particularly buoyed about its 45-tonner in light of increased global demand for this truck size. With its rated payload of 41,000kg, a bin volume of 25m³ and a powerful new engine, the B45E has the potential to become the most popular model in the range due to it’s overall value proposition to customers.
According to Bell Product Marketing Manager, Tristan du Pisanie, the B60E has also generated great interest. “While the Bell B60E is able to run alongside rigid trucks within the 60–80 tonne class, the concept is ideally targeted for mines, quarries and bulk earthworks that experience conditions that rigid dump trucks can’t safely cope with, such as rainy periods which compromise underfoot conditions. When traditional 4x2 rigids can no longer operate, the superior 4x4-traction, oscillation tube and retardation characteristics of the Bell B60E pay off by keeping production going, which is a huge opportunity for many customers.”
Whatever Bell Large Truck a customer chooses to best meet their business needs, it will be fitted with an Allison transmission and powered by the new Mercedes Benz HDEP engine platform, optimised for off-highway use by MTU.
When comparing the E-series to the outgoing D-series, all the large trucks have a useful increase in power with the new engine platform. The larger models also move to the Allison 4700 transmission with seven gear ratios for better gradeability with reduced fuel consumption. Payloads have also increased.
“The D-series has proven itself as the industry benchmark delivering the lowest cost per ton of dirt hauled and a key requirement of the E-series large truck programme was to improve on this. During comparative testing between the B40E and the B40D it was found that, taking into account all of the variables, the B40E will deliver a 6 per cent to 7 per cent lower cost per tonne to Bell customers than the B40D. Similar improvements will be seen across the entire range and this will impact directly on our customers’ profitability and ability to tender more competitively,” said Tristan.
For more information regarding Bell products, please visit www.hcma.com.au/ products/articulated-dump-trucks
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