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Bell B30D 4x4 VersaTruck on display at Bauma

  • 05 March 2013 - 13:13

    Bell Equipment to show an example from their full range of OEM solutions for niche markets

    BELL Equipment’s ability to listen to the needs of its customers and successfully translate these needs into tailor made machine solutions has led to the introduction of a new product to the company’s VersaTruck programme, namely a B30D 4x4 to be displayed on the Bell stand at Bauma 2013.

    The company, which is recognized as an articulated dumptruck specialist, is taking versatility to a new levels with its VersaTruck programme, allowing customers to choose from a number of Bell ADT permutations to best suit their application requirements. Included in Bell Equipment’s extensive list of tailor-made solutions are ejector trucks, fire trucks, water tankers, lube trucks, flat-deck trucks, hooklift trucks, container trucks, concrete trucks, timber trucks, waste handlers, waste compactors and even an underground concrete mixer.

    Managing this programme is the Bell Application Equipment (BAE) division, a substantial team with years of experience, which is dedicated to the design, fabrication and assembly of the Bell niche products.

    Clinton Wissekerke, who heads this team, said: ‘The B30D 4x4 solution for earthmoving and quarrying applications, which will be on display at Bauma 2013, has arisen from specific enquiries from the industry. Over the past few years we’ve worked on several 4x4 variations on our D-series platform including the B15D for light-duty industrial applications, the T302D Timber Haulers and now the B30D 4x4, which is particularly well suited for use in quarrying applications worldwide.

    ‘Providing the same payload and engine performance as our standard B30D, the 4x4 option offers a tighter turning circle and shorter dimensions compared to our traditional 6x6 ADTs with their optimized off-road capability. It therefore suits customers needing improved manoeuvrability, but still needing the higher flexibility (weather independence, heavy terrain etc) of an articulated truck compared to rigid chassis alternatives on the market. These customers may also reduce tyre costs – a major portion of the operating cost of an ADT – simply through reduced tyre scuffing associated with the third axle.’

    Bell Equipment’s ADT marketing manager, Llewellyn Roux, added: ‘The VersaTrucks are able to offer the best in performance, safety, fuel efficiency and ease of operation of our standard ADT range. They also have all the latest innovations and features, among them onboard weighing, keyless ignition, HillAssist, Bin Tip Prevention, Auto Park Application (APA), standard Turbo Spin Protection and our satellite fleet management system, Fleetm@tic.

    ‘By offering complete OEM solutions to our niche markets we are able to provide an OEM warranty knowing that these machines are built according to our uncompromising design philosophy and quality standards. Importantly, this also means that a Bell VersaTruck solution is guaranteed of Bell Equipment’s technical support through the company’s comprehensive global network of customer service centres and dealers.’