Edbro, the world’s leading manufacturer of hydraulic tipping cylinders, used Tip-Ex 2013 as the showcase event to launch the second generation CX14 cylinder to the market. Since its launch at the same event in 2010, the CX14 has been proven to be the lightest of all the 8×4 tipping gears on the market; now its shed a further 28kg without compromising on tipping speed, lift capacity or reliability. The CX14 can now generate £10,000 in extra payload over the life of a vehicle.
Since its launch three years ago, the CX14 has become the tipping hoist of choice for most fleet operators in the UK market when specifying an 8×4 tipping vehicle. This claim is fully endorsed by the sales figures: Tarmac has fitted over 150 units in 18 months, that’s more than the closest competitor unit has sold nationwide in 24 months. Other national fleets to specify CX14 include Aggregate Industries, Cemex and Lafarge, while both Man & Volvo use the tipping hoist as the standard cylinder for their ‘Trucks to go’ programme.
Offering a weight saving of 86kg against the previous industry benchmark, Edbro’s CX15, and a lift capacity of 25 tonnes to the top it’s not hard to understand the reasons behind the cylinder’s popularity. Thanks to the overwhelming success of the model it has been economically viable for Edbro to make further investments in tooling which has facilitated the launch of the lighter 2nd generation CX14.
Peter Smith, Sales and Marketing Director for Edbro, comments: “The weight savings are mainly in the base assembly of the CX14, though further optimisation of kit components such as mounting and brackets has also been a factor in the savings. There are a lot of companies claiming to offer the lightest cylinder for the 8×4 market at the moment. However, the fact is that the complete CX14 now weighs 449kg including oil. There is no cylinder available on the UK market that I’m aware of with a lower weight which offers equal performance figures. Simply put, specifying a CX14 cylinder will allow you to make more money with every tip, without compromise.
Maximised payload isn’t the only advantage of the CX14 model. It offers safety factors in excess of 50% on buckling and has a safe lift capacity of 25 tonnes to the top. The only possible scenario in the UK where a larger cylinder may be required is in a heavy off-road application in which payload and ground conditions are less controlled.
Danny Broomfield, UK Business Development Manager for Edbro, adds: “Some of our competitors offer alternative products which they claim can provide higher load capacities. This can only be achieved by exposing the cylinder to pressures up to and in excess of 220 bar. The CX14 would lift the same with these pressures and more, but there is no real world need for this as it puts extra stress into the components, works everything harder and can lead to early-life failure.
“There is no use specifying a cylinder which will offer extra payload if it fails prematurely and needs to be replaced. The CX14 offers the perfect balance of being the lightest gear on the market whilst working at optimum pressures to lift a full body and payload to the top.
Competitor cylinders, which are exclusively imported from foreign markets apply heavy sub frames to protect the cylinder from twist and flex which isn’t a concern in the UK.The CX14 has been designed and manufactured in the UK specifically for the UK market, so rather than adding weight to protect the cylinder from conditions that won’t be encountered in the UK, Edbro is able make the cylinder lighter and offer a direct increase in payload.
Prior to release the model was subjected to stringent testing, including cycle tests, side load resistance and over pressurisation, and several operators took part in a four year field trial. The tests showed that the cylinder is able to operate reliably within the parameters of the UK market and offer operators real life payload improvements and commensurate commercial benefits.
When specifying a tipping vehicle the last thing that should be compromised on is the very thing which makes it a tipper. Edbro offers industry leading reliability on all of its products and boasts a national service network which is second to none. Its expert sales team are available to speak to you about your needs prior to specification and advise you on how you can maximise your tipping efficiency.