World premiere for Metso Truck Body
Central Europe’s first two Metso Truck Bodies go into operation in Belgian porphyry quarry
EXACTLY one year after the launch of the Metso Truck Body at the Bauma 2019 trade fair, the first two Komatsu HD605-8 dumptrucks equipped with Metso Truck Bodies have been delivered to a porphyry quarry in Brabant Wallon, Belgium, by Metso distributor BIA Group.
These are the first Metso Truck Bodies to enter service in Central Europe and represent a world premiere for rigid dumptrucks in this weight class.
The tough, abrasive rock handled by the quarry had had a significant impact on the previous conventional truck bodies. On a traditional body, the maximum payload is limited by the high weight of the lining and the body itself.
The Metso Truck Body differs from a standard body with its lighter, but resistant, rounded-shaped design in ultra-high-strength steel combined with Trellex rubber lining. This makes it possible to obtain a 20–30% lighter body without sacrificing rigidity.
The Metso Truck Body designed for the Komatsu HD605-8 truck weighs six tonnes less than a standard version fitted with a steel liner. This weight reduction translates into 10% extra payload and, therefore, offers greater efficiency from the first run.
Likewise, during empty-body journeys, the dumptruck will consume less fuel simply because it is lighter. Moreover, owing to its rounded shape, less carry-back remains in the Metso Truck Body, thus avoiding transporting unnecessary weight.