For a high payload and maximum manoeuvrability
DAF is launching CF and XF 6×2 tractor units with a rear steering axle. These are specially designed for applications requiring maximum manoeuvrability.
The three-axle FTN CF and XF tractor units have a 7.5 tonne steered trailing rear axle with single tyres mounted behind the 11.5 tonne drive axle This makes the new FTN configuration ideal for tasks where there is relatively little room to manoeuvre and when the lifting rearmost axle can’t be lifted due to a high pin load. This is typical when a crane is mounted behind the cab. The CF and XF tractor units with rear steering axle will therefore frequently be used for transporting construction materials and machinery.
Not only does the use of a steered rearmost axle improve manoeuvrability, it also reduces tyre scrub during those tight manoeuvres, thus improving mobility on slippery surfaces; making the FTN particularly well suited to farm and building site deliveries.
DAF offers the new three-axle tractors as CF and XF with choice between the efficient 10.8 litre PACCAR MX-11 and 12.9 litre PACCAR MX-13 engines, with ratings of 291 kW/396 hp to 375 kW/510 hp. In the context of DAF Transport Efficiency, important enhancements have been made to these engines and, in combination with innovative technologies such as Predictive Cruise Control with Predictive Shifting and Eco Mode, fuel savings of at least 5% are achievable.
DAF Trucks N.V. —a subsidiary of the American company PACCAR Inc, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heavy-duty trucks—is a leading manufacturer of light, medium and heavy-duty trucks. DAF manufactures a full range of tractors and trucks, offering the right vehicle for every transport application. DAF is also a leading provider of services: Multi Support repair and maintenance contracts, financial services from PACCAR Financial and a first-class parts delivery service by PACCAR Parts. In addition, DAF develops and manufactures components such as axles and engines for bus and coach manufacturers worldwide. DAF Trucks N.V. has production facilities in Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Westerlo in Belgium, Leyland in the United Kingdom and Ponta Grossa in Brazil, and over 1,000 dealers and service points in Europe and beyond.
SAF self-steer makes the difference at Viamaster
As one of the leading logistics providers in the UK, PARTNERLINK member Viamaster continues to invest for the future with the initial purchase of two long semi-trailers, each fitted with the new SAF self-steer rear axle system.
The 15.65 metre double-decker step-frame trailers at 4.875 metres in height, come with 19.5” single wheels and SAF drum brakes, all through IMS Limited the UK and Ireland exclusive distributor for SAF Axle Systems. “These longer trailers mean we can now deliver more goods for the same weight across the pallet network, and with SAF self-steer axles we will save on maintenance, reduce our running costs and achieve a greater turning circle when collecting or unloading goods,” explained Ian Davenport, fleet manager at Viamaster Transport Limited.
Ian continued, “We have been using SAF running gear from IMS for over 13 years and find the SAF products very reliable with no issues. Some of our trailers are approaching 10 years old which shows the long shelf life.”
All SAF wide angle, self-steering axles come standard with 30 degree steer and are believed to be the widest steering angle currently available as a specific wide angle self-steering axle, and not a modified unit in any way. 27 degrees is the absolute minimum to achieve certification. Using a steering system with 27 degrees has a negative influence on tyre wear, chassis and suspension components, especially when the trailer is turned tighter than the inner radius of the turning circle, compared to the wider angle 30 degrees.
IMS are also providing Viamaster with technical training for fitters on the new system and how to gain maximum benefit and safety.
IMS Limited are exclusive distributors of SAF-HOLLAND automotive equipment in the UK and Ireland and can be contacted for further information on +44 (0) 1509 600185 or by email at email@example.com