(first posted 7/23/2017) Daimler Trucks is the world’s largest manufacturer of mid-size and heavy trucks. The company’s main brand is Mercedes-Benz (Unimog included). The other members of the global trucking family are Freightliner, Western Star, Mitsubishi Fuso and BharatBenz.
Mercedes-Benz has a long-lasting reputation of building excellent heavy all wheel drive trucks with two, three or four axles. One might say that this 2008 Actros 6×6 dump truck is a descendant of the venerable L-series. The Actros series of cabover trucks and tractors was introduced in 1996, it replaced the aging SK-series.
This tough Actros, with a day cab, is powered by the OM 501 LA Bluetec 5 (as in Euro 5 emission standards) turbocharged diesel engine with an intercooler. It’s a V6 powerunit with 11.95 liter displacement. Maximum power output 320 hp @ 1,650 rpm, maximum torque output 1,650 Nm (1,217 ft-lb) @ 1,080 rpm.
In my country MAN, Iveco and Ginaf are the main competitors of the Mercedes-Benz all wheel drive trucks.
Very common, a PTO driven crane (a Palfinger, in this case) mounted inbetween the cab and the dump bed. It makes the truck even more versatile. Piet Ruizeveld from ‘s-Gravendeel built the dump bed. Repeat after me: “Piet Ruizeveld from ‘s-Gravendeel”.
Here’s the front axle, with super singles. Maximum legal axle load 9,000 kg (19,840 lbs).
Dual wheels on the rear drive axles. Still the norm.
The tandem is good for a total axle load of 19,000 kg (41,890 lbs). Add up the numbers and you get 28 metric tons maximum legal GVM.
Oh yes, did this whole setting look kind of familiar? That’s right, last year I caught a similar Iveco Trakker 6×6 at exactly the same spot. Seems to me the driver has got himself another set of ten wheels…