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Volvo’s 55 tonne articulated hauler for off-road applications

When it comes to hauling huge loads off-road in mining and quarrying environments, the large Volvo A60H articulated dump truck is a popular solution.

It offers various features, including a lower cost-per-tonne ratio, fuel efficiency, and increased production.

The A60H has a 55 tonne payload and is equipped with a 33,6 m3 bin thereby increasing production and lowering the cost per tonne ratio.

Although the A60H is a substantial step up regarding size when compared to the A40 it shares a number of typical features already tried and tested throughout the Volvo ADT range.

As the biggest articulated dump truck in the world, the A60Hoffers stability, comfort and high hauling speeds, despite its size. These features are underpinned by the matched drivetrain, automatic drive combinations, all-terrain bogie system, hydro-mechanical steering, on board weighing system and active suspension  thus optimising production and minimising operational costs.

As the A60H shares similar features with the A40, no major operator training will be necessary. “It will be an easy transition for operators familiar with the A40, and only a short orientation course will be needed,” says David Vaughan director:Equipment, Babcock. Babcock will introduce the new articulated dump truck into the Southern African market early  in the new year.

Vaughan adds that technicians who regularly service other Volvo haulers will have knowledge of many of its elements.

“Similar elements include a front grill that swings down, opening up a service platform with anti-slip steps, and an electric hood that opens to 90 degrees, allowing full and safe access to the engine compartment,” explains Vaughan.

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