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Terex aims for dumper dominance

PLANT 10-tonne machine is added to range

TEREX has claimed dominance in the site dumper market with the official unveiling of its 10-tonne capacity site dumper, which it claims has the biggest skip on the market.

The firm said it has taken 54 per cent of the UK site dumper market this year. It believes the PT10000 will add to sales, rather than take away from its popular 9-tonne model.

Marketing manager Adrian Hyde said: 'We see it as a complementary product. Our 9-tonner sells very well, despite other manufacturers already having a 10-tonne machine.'

Terex will be keen not to lose 9-tonner sales, as they currently account for 14 per cent of the firm's 3,700 machines production. But the two machines do have much in common. The 10-tonne PT10000 is based on the 9-tonne PT9000, but with a larger capacity skip, stronger axles and a heavy-duty front chassis.

At the rear the operator's seat has been raised by 100 mm, to allow a clear view to the front of the dumper. Terex said the machine complies fully with the draft visibility standard ISO 5006.

In fact Terex aims to better the standard, which assumes no load in the dumper's skip.

The firm said the dumper will offering most operators a clear view of a 1 m-high target, at a distance of 12 m in front of the machine, complete with a fully laden skip.

The PT10000 has a 5,050 litre heaped capacity, almost 5 per cent larger than any competitor, On top of this, the 9-tonner offers 4,950 litres, which Terex said is 3 per cent more than most 10-tonners.

The PT10000 uses the same Cummins diesel engine as the PT9000, but has a 10 per cent larger radiator to improve cooling performance.

The ROPS structure has been redesigned, angled back by 10 degrees to improve visibility and the bar features a revised handle making it easier for one person to fold the structure for transportation. But unlike some competitors, Terex has no plans for a rotating skip design for the 10-tonner.