Iveco has secured a conquest order from TJ Transport for a Trakker Hi-Land 8x4 (AT340T41K) rigid tipper – one of the first examples of Iveco’s new Trakker model to enter operation in the UK.
Featuring a low-roof sleeper cab, the new Trakker stands-out for its revised cab design which ensures drivers enjoy the comfort offered by the road-going Stralis, but packaged to suit the needs of operators accessing construction sites, landfills and similar off-road locations.
The new vehicle is the customer’s first Iveco 8-wheeler and was delivered by local dealer Hendy Van & Truck and supplied on an Iveco Elements repair and maintenance contract. It is an addition to TJ Transport’s 80-strong fleet which includes rigid tippers, some of which feature crane mounted bulk material grabs, together with tractor units operating with a mixture of tipper and roll-on roll-off trailers for large scale waste disposal.
John Gosling, Managing Director of TJ Transport, considered at least four other manufacturers but decided to go with Iveco.“Primarily we needed a tipper that is robust and can easily deal with the demanding nature of our operation, much of which is aggregate delivery and muck away services from construction sites,” he says. “We were very impressed with what Iveco had to offer in terms of product and service back-up and look forward to seeing how the new vehicle performs on and off the road.”
The tipper will operate five and a half days per week with some double shifting. It is expected to clock up 100,000 kilometres per annum and will be kept in service for at least five years, with all maintenance undertaken through the Iveco dealer network.
Operating in the company’s traditional blue and white livery, the new vehicle is mounted with a Wilcox aluminium body and features rear view cameras to ensure maximum safety and precision when reversing.
Launched in the UK at this year’s CV Show, this latest Trakker model features a completely redesigned cab which benefits from higher quality materials, with top-quality plastics and anti-scratch treatments, adding to the stylish and ergonomic look and feel of the dashboard. All buttons and switch controls are visible and easily accessible for the driver without needing to leave the comfort of their seat.
The new tipper is powered by an EEV-rated 12.88-litre FPT Industrial Cursor 13 engine, which is capable of producing up to 410 hp between 1,380 – 1,900 rev/min, plus 2,100 Nm of torque between 900 – 1,380 rev/min. This engine features a fixed-geometry turbo and a waste-gate valve, and guarantees plenty of power and torque for even the most demanding terrain.
To minimise unnecessary brake pad and disc wear the Trakker uses a third generation intarder in combination with the powerful new engine brake (295 kW at 2,400 rev/min), which includes a combined action of the decompression valve and the butterfly valve on exhaust manifold. TJ Transport has also ensured maximum comfort for its driver, specifying Iveco’s proven EuroTronic automated transmission, which features a gear selector built into the steering column stalk, for maximum driving ease.
The new Trakker stands out for its impressive robustness, as proven in the Dakar Rally – in which Petronas Team De Rooy secured six stage victories in 2013. Starting with the steel chassis, every component has been selected to deliver reliable performance that endures over time.
Formed in 1995, TJ Transport specialises in waste material haulage and recycling. This includes the safe removal of hazardous waste and recycling of inert materials at its material recycling sites for the construction and waste management industry.