Scania India has launched a new mining tipper truck. With its combination of a “U” body design and superior wear resistant steel, the payload carrying capacity has been boosted by up to five percent. Meanwhile, with the low self-weight of the tipper body, fuel consumption is reduced by nearly five percent. The stability of the vehicle has also been improved by lowering the overall centre of gravity.
The Scania P 440 8×4 with the U-body tipper has been specially designed for mining soil removal applications. The Indian mining sector needs tough vehicles that can operate under the most demanding of situations. With this in mind, the new truck was intensely tested in more than 12,000 hours of operations at Indian mines before launch.
The new tipper truck has been thoroughly field tested in Saakar Infra Nirman’s mining operations with 20 trucks in operation since November 2015. “There is definite advantage with the payload carried with this U-body truck when compared to competitor products,” says Chairman and Managing Director Chetan Patel. “This truck is much better compared to any other product and is highly adapted to the mining environment in India.”
He adds that with the U-body tipper truck, by virtue of its higher payload, the company saves one truck in a fleet of 15. “The depreciation cost per truck will be lower because of the fewer number of trucks used. Because of the higher payload, maintenance costs per cubic meter are also lower. However, the biggest advantages are that the actual cost of maintenance in key areas such as clutch and suspension is much lower than for competitor brands and that the fuel consumption per cubic metre is also less.”