Haul truck updates from Komatsu and Volvo

Haul truck updates from Komatsu and Volvo

New HD325-8 and HD405-8 off-highway trucks from Komatsu

Komatsu has introduced its new HD325-8 and HD405-8 off highway trucks. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine, these latest additions to the rigid frame truck family feature increased horsepower and a new ‘Komatsu Traction Control System’ (KTCS) to achieve improved productivity. These models have payload capacities of 40.3 U.S. (short)/36.5 metric tons and 44.1 U.S. (short)/40 metric tons, respectively. The new trucks’ Komatsu SAA6D140E-7 engines have increased to a net 514 horsepower (383 kW), with fuel consumption being reduced for the HD325-8 by as much as 9%, and by as much as 6% for the HD405-8, when compared to predecessors. Also, access is better, with sloped stairs and handrails in front, to replace the previous ladder configuration.

For HD325-8 and HD405-8 machines, Komatsu’s traction control system (KTCS) is now standard. KTCS automatically applies independent brake assemblies to achieve optimum traction in varying ground conditions. Because the system operates without the need for differential lock up, steering performance is not compromised. Other new standard features for both truck models include a quiet 78 dB(A) cab, seven inch, LCD color monitor, dedicated rearview monitor, fast fill fuel system, and a premium heated and ventilated operator’s seat with air suspension. In addition, the tire size for the HD405-8 truck has also been increased from 18.00 R33 to 21.00 R33, for extended wear properties. 

Volvo CE articulated hauler range updated

Volvo Construction Equipment has updated its G-Series articulated hauler range. New features include cruise control, downhill speed control and “OptiShift”. The new G-Series has been designed for high productivity even in the most adverse conditions thanks to its superior comfort, ease of operation and safety. The G-Series is also packed with features to help operators get the most from the machine, such as hill assist, load and dump brake and the dynamic Volvo engine brake.

With the latest series of updates, these features are now joined by the new cruise control and downhill speed control. Operators can set and adjust the cruise control to maintain a constant travel speed for smoother and more efficient hauling, and when operating downhill, the new downhill speed control enables operators to maintain their control and speed. The result of both innovations is enhanced safety, comfort and productivity in all conditions.

The ergonomic cab and intuitive controls are designed to suit all operators. Automatic functions, such as the new ‘OptiShift’ that further improves fuel efficiency and productivity via faster cycle times and increased operator comfort, help offer greater ease of operation for an unrivalled operator experience.

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