Bell launches high-manoeuvrability 4x4 ADT for narrow bench work
Bell's 4x4 ADT has a shorter wheelbase to give higher manoeuvrability on narrow benches
Bell has introduced a 4x4 version of its B30D articulated dump truck (ADT).
The machine has the front chassis, cab and engine of the standard 6x6 but comes with a shortened rear chassis and a single axle.
According to Neville Paynter, managing director of Bell UK, the machine’s short wheelbase reduces the turning circle by around 25%, making it ideal for use in underground mining and on narrow benches. Production volumes of the 4x4 are expected to be low and will include the E series with the suspended front axle, the Allison transmission with an integral speed-holding retarder and all-round wet discs.
All E series machines come with a new cab, a keyless start system and a user settable inclinometer, which prevents the body tipping if the ground is 15° from horizontal. It also has a turbo wind-down system, hill assist and additional protection features to prevent misuse.
According to Paynter, the new transmission is much smoother and the pre-production E series machines are showing an improvement in productivity and fuel economy over their D series counterparts. He says the engine does not de-rate if run without AdBlue and ultra-low sulphur diesel is not a necessity – factors that will open up opportunities for second hand sales.
Production versions of the E series machines start in June.