Terex Trucks has launched winter protection kits for its rigid dump trucks to help avoid the need to keep engines idling in extreme sub-zero temperatures.
To meet the needs of trucks working in adversely low temperatures, Terex Trucks has released two extreme cold weather protection kits for its rigid haulers. With the help of Webasto, the first of the two kits, named the Winter Kit, defends trucks working for prolonged periods where temperatures fall to -25 degrees Celsius while the second, the Arctic Kit, enables safe operating up to a deep freezing -40 degrees Celsius.
General practice in colder countries sees engines constantly running even during shift changes to keep fluids warm, prevent fatigue failures in the drivetrain and seal leaks. Recognised as inefficient, the method of idling is one that is not only environmentally sub optional but also costly to the end user due to the needless fuel consumption.
Thanks to the Webasto-supplied truck-mounted Thermo-Heater, non-productive fuel consumption, engine wear-and-tear and prolonged downtime are significantly reduced. The new technology makes use of an environment-friendly start-stop system, with just a very small trickle of diesel.
The Thermo-Heater is powered once the engine is shut down. It then draws the coolant from the engine and circulates around critical components. The engine-independent heater has the ability to keep the machine at a pre-determined warmer temperature for hours after the motor is switched off, and restart without a hitch.
The Winter Kit defends trucks working for prolonged periods where temperatures fall to -25 degrees Celsius.
The new system not only protects the truck but it also helps make the operator’s life easier. The engine-off solution makes for a pleasant work climate as it supports the standard cab heater making for a much warmer environment, and there’s the added heater operator seat which also aids productivity.
Fitted at the Motherwell factory in Scotland, the protection kits will be available on the TR45, TR60, TR70 and the 91-tonne capacity TR100. The solutions can also be retrofitted on older machines and are covered on the Terex Trucks protection warranty.
“The newly designed kits will be offered globally for customers who are required to operate trucks in cold climates, as it protects the machine and the operator thereby maximising uptime. Additionally, due to the reduction of engine idling there is a potential fuel saving of up to 90% during these non-productive periods, and with that comes less engine wear-and-tear, less maintenance and a potential effect on machine residual values,” says Scott Pollock, product manager at Terex Trucks.