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Dumper hits low emission targets

THE Swedish-based VME Group is introducing machines from its Volvo BM, Akerman, Euclid and Zettelmeyer companies. But probably of most interest to UK plant firms will be the Volvo BM A40 (right), which is now the biggest articulated dump truck in the VME range.

The turbocharged six-cylinder Volvo diesel fitted to this truck supplies 398 PS and has been developed to meet tough US exhaust emission regulations.

Driving through a powershift transmission with six forward and three reverse speeds, the A40 has six wheel drive. Fully enclosed oil-cooled multiple disc brakes are fitted to the A40 and each of the three axles has a separate cooling system.

Alos at Bauma will be the 46 tonne Volvo BM L330C wheeled loader. This machine has load-sensing hydraulics which are said to improve efficiency. This design allows the L330C maximum breakout in tough conditions, but reduces fuel consumption.

A 498 PS diesel drives the L330C through a Clark transmission and the loader is fitted with limited slip differentials on both axles for better traction.

Volvo has also updated its existing L90C and L120C wheeled loaders, which weigh 14 and 18 tonnes respectively. The smaller L90C is offered with buckets from 2.2 to 7 cu m capacity, while the larger L120C has a range of buckets from 3 to 9.5 cu m. Also, all of these C

series loaders are fitted with high visibility, low noise cabs.

Akerman has replaced its EC420 excavator with the larger and more powerful EC450, which is said to be 20 per cent more productive than the old machine. The excavator has a tearout force of 285 kN, a breakout of 233 kN and a tipping load of 9.5 tonnes.

To improve ground clearance, the machine is 490 mm higher than its predecessor and the undercarriage has been strengthened for longer life. Power comes from a diesel delivering 304 PS.

The Euclid R65 rigid chassis truck has a 60 tonne load capacity and a capacity of 39 cu m in its exhaust heated, fast tipping dump body. Driven by a 760 PS Cummins diesel, the truck runs on a trailing arm suspension design which gives good performance on rough terrain.

A 76 PS Deutz engine powers the Zettelmeyer ZL802Si loader which is fitted with a high-performance hydrostatic drive. This is said to give good traction in poor running conditions. There is a choice of cabs and the machine is also available with either Z-bar or the firms TP parallel linkage layout.