Liebherr introduce demountable truckmixer
Working in tandem with Dautel in Germany, Peterborough-based Wilcox Commercial Vehicles and DAF dealers Norscot Truck and Van Ltd, Liebherr have introduced their first demountable truckmixer in the UK.
The dual-purpose vehicle comprises a Liebherr HTM 804P hydraulic mixer drum and a Wilcox tipper body, both of which interchange via a Dautel swap body system. The vehicle’s drum is constructed from special steel with wear protection on the mixer spiral blades. Its geometric drum volume is 14.29m3, the capacity in set concrete is 8m3 and water volume is 9.10m3.
The host vehicle is a DAF FAD CF 85.360 8 x 4 mixer chassis supplied by Norscot Truck and Van Ltd. An important factor in extending the working life of the truckmixer is the high-quality steel frame and U-clamp fixing method. Drum support pedestals are secured to the special 180mm x 80mm x 8mm frame with cross beams by stirrup bolts that accommodate flexing. These are fitted close to the frame to avoid stress transference and to distribute loads evenly.
The Wilcox tipping body is designed for aggregate and asphalt transportation with a volume of 19m3. Constructed from pressed aluminium alloy, it has fixed sides, full- length ‘V’ section long runners, a special ‘C’ section top and box section bottom rails.
Ennstone Johnstone Ltd, who specialize in ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and asphalt, have already ordered four Liebherr truckmixers. They will initially base the demountable vehicles at their Corby (Northamptonshire) and Breedon-on-the-Hill (Derbyshire) facilities.