Hauler Chassis – have it your way, say Volvo
Featured in20 March 2012 - 16:39
Volvo CE make it easier to adapt their standard articulated haulers into special-purpose vehicles
VOLVO Construction Equipment’s articulated hauler chassis can now be fitted with an array of superstructures that allow a wide range of applications, other than just earthmoving, to be conducted over difficult terrain.
The recent launch of the company’s Hauler Chassis makes it easier for customers and body builders to adapt standard haulers into special-purpose vehicles.
Hauler Chassis is a modular concept whereby customers can order a standard articulated hauler, supplied without the load body or hoist cylinders. These base machines then provide a platform for the customer, Volvo dealer or third party body builder to modify in order to suit the specific transport solution required.
Volvo CE say the list of possibilities is wide-ranging but popular superstructure options include timber hauler, water tank, hook-lift, ejector body or fifth wheel for pulling a wide range of trailers.
A bolt-on frame extension is also available for the A25F and A30F-based machines, for added flexibility. Offered in two lengths, 1.2 and 1.7m, the extension means longer or larger volumes can be supported.
When mounting superstructures, Volvo also offer technical support, as well as body-builder instructions (BBI), which have been developed by Volvo engineers. BBI is a web-based tool that provides drawings, specifications and other technical information to help integrate the new superstructure and ensure that the finished machine performs safely, effectively and fuel efficiently.
BBI also clarifies each party’s responsibilities and legal aspects, warranty and after-sales conditions.
Moreover, under the Hauler Chassis programme, a selection of optional equipment is available, as are hydraulic interfaces to suit a range of superstructures, thereby reducing build time. As well as the standard machine hydraulics, an auxiliary open or closed-center system is fitted that allows for superstructure connection without further modifications.
According to Volvo CE, specialized Hauler Chassis-based machines retain all of the performance, reliability and maneuverability advantages of the company’s articulated haulers, and in most cases can be rebuilt back into a standard articulated hauler if required, thereby increasing machine resale value considerably.
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