We are seeing increasing numbers of DAF’s new generation XF and XG cabs on the UK’s roads. Now it is the turn of the latest XDC cab to roll out in numbers. Now there is a multi axle version available for tipping use, they should become a commonplace sight on the building sites of the UK.

One of the first eight wheeler XDC trucks has headed off to Staffordshire-based waste disposal, skip hire and bulk haulage operator, Potteries Waste.  The model is an XDC 450 FAD 8×4 tipper and joins a DAF-exclusive fleet of more than 20 vehicles. Potteries Waste has ordered a further two XDC vehicles, with delivery due next spring.

Benefiting from a low kerb weight, large approach angle and high ground clearance, DAF’s new XDC has been optimised to provide operators with the very best on- and off-road performance for specific ‘operations. Supplied by Motus Commercials in Stoke on Trent, Potteries Waste’s XDC will return to the dealer for all repair and maintenance work as part of the operator’s fleet-wide contract.

The Cab’s the Star

The cab design of the all new XDC was a major selling point for Potteries Waste. The firm currently maintains a fleet of previous-generation DAF CF tippers, as well as DAF LFs for domestic skip hire services.

“The new cab in the XDC is excellent,” said Ron Garlick, Managing Director of Potteries Waste. “It’s not only more spacious and more comfortable than before, but the large windows make for greater visibility. We also opted for the full media system to encourage safe driving and to help us to retain and recruit drivers. Behind the wheel, it’s a far superior place to be than the outgoing model.

“Although we’re not yet able to make a judgement on the long-term efficiency of the XDC, we’re very happy with the low kerb weight and initial fuel returns from the new DAF.”

Potteries Waste driver, Kevin Boulton, was full of praise for the new XDC. He said: “The cab is a vast improvement; the all-round visibility has made a massive difference and it’s a lot quieter in the cab. I’d say that ride is more responsive than my previous CF450 FAD, too. Put simply, it’s an amazing truck with a luxury feel, which appears built to go the distance.”

“We always receive a first-class service from Andy Ridgway and Jimmy Lockett at Motus Commercials in Stoke,” Ron adds. “We’ve built a close working relationship with them and it’s a pleasure doing business.”

DAF XDC 8x4 tipper 2023 model
“The cab is a vast improvement; the all-round visibility has made a massive difference and it’s a lot quieter in the cab.”

Aluminium over Steel for Body

In a departure from the usual steel body supplied by Boweld, Potteries Waste has fitted the XDC with an AJ Hayton aluminium body. Its versatile design allows the company to diversify the services it provides. A factory PTO is always specified and automatic tail gate and Edbro tipping gear are fitted to every Potteries Waste tipper truck. Initially, the truck is being used to deliver aggregates from local quarries directly to customers