8×4 trucks are more commonly known as ‘Eight Wheelers’. They have four axles with two of the axles used to drive the truck. Typically used for on/off road applications where the truck spends a lot of time on the roads, but will also need to access sites where the terrain is not perfect. Examples or these are building sites, roadworks and quarries. The 8×4 trucks are typically fitted with tipper bodies, although many hookloaders are in the same specification.
It is normal that the two non-drive axles both steer the truck, but we are seeing an increase in the use of a ‘Tridem’ configuration. This is where the truck has one steer axle at the front, then two drive axles and a final steer axle at the back of the truck. In terms of weight carrying ability, an 8×4 truck has a maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 32 tonnes. This is the combined weight of the truck and the load. These trucks usually work in payload sensitive operations, such as waste, bulk feeds or grain, so, the lighter the truck and body the better – as long as it can stand up to the battering these trucks are typically exposed to.
The new IVECO T-Way has won the iF DESIGN AWARD in the Heavy Truck: Industrial Design category. Founded in Germany in 1953, the iF seal signifies innovative design, for consumers and the design community. An independent jury of 120 international design experts selected the IVECO T-Way for its outstanding innovative design, as it brings style and technology to a segment that is traditionally conservative. Iveco T-Way Design The IVECO T-Way is an all-purpose truck, engineered to do its job in all conditions. It focusses on translating the main elements of the IVECO Way heavy range for the specific off-road mission…>
To the uninitiated, a suction excavator enables the operator to dig around existing pipes and cables in the road where a traditional ‘digger’ could easily damage them. These impressive truck-mounted machines are not cheap but are becoming increasingly familiar sights on the UK’s roads. Civil engineering contractors W M Donald has added another suction excavator to its fleet – taking delivery of a new Volvo FMX 540 Globetrotter, mounted with a triple fan suction excavator from MTS. The striking 8x4 Tridem rigid, decked out in the firm’s deep blue livery, will be used to help the Aberdeen-based business in its…>
As part of a programme of significant growth within its mixer truck fleet, specialist suppliers of Transport and Plant Hire services, Explore Transport Limited, has added Renault Trucks to its vehicle line-up for the first time. Supplied by Border Trucks, a total of eight Renault Trucks C430 8x4s – five with Day Cab, two with Day & Night Cab, and one High Sleeper - all equipped with 8 cubic metre McPhee mixer bodies, have joined the 40-strong Explore Transport fleet, delivering ready mix concrete on the Main Works Civils Contracts for various customers across HS2 as well as on general…>
Totally Local Company Limited (TLC) had an exacting set of requirements for its latest trucks, and a pair of Mercedes-Benz Econics met or exceeded every one of them. The Stockport-based operator’s 32-tonne tipper-grabs were supplied by North West Dealer eStar Truck & Van and are now hard at work on a range of construction projects for public and private sector clients. TLC runs a range of heavy trucks. Although these are its first Econic tippers, many of the company’s refuse collection vehicles are based on the same chassis and have proved both reliable and cost-effective to operate. "For such a…>
A Yorkshire company has returned to their first love – Volvo Trucks for their latest order of twelve 8x4 tippers after a spell trying out a new relationship with another manufacturer. Brocklebank & Co Demolition has a long history of running Volvos and has returned to the Swedish manufacturer again after a two-year spell using a different marque. Nick Brocklebank, who owns the company that has been serving the South Yorkshire area since 1948, says: “In years gone by we’ve been predominantly Volvo, so we’re very happy to be going back to them again for this new order. It’s certainly…>