CC Global: 2017 Volvo FH 8×4 Wide Spread – The Burly Asphalt Viking

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This Volvo dump truck stands out for two reasons: it has the sleeper cab of the big FH-series and at the rear, the Terberg company worked on the factory tandem axle set-up. The Swedish truck maker does very well these days in the market for heavy on/off-road chassis.

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Volvo offers a complete line of vehicles for the construction business, called the FMX-series. These are based on the FM-series, the mid-size Volvo truck model. Pictured an FMX 8×4 dump truck with a day cab.

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The cab of the FH-series is clearly much bigger and roomier. The green ‘n yellow truck is used for hauling asphalt, which is a 24/7 job. Sleeper cabs are common in this work, as these are offering more comfort and convenience.

The truck is powered by Volvo’s 12.8 liter inline-six, maximum power output 469 DIN-hp. The same engine is also used by Renault and Mack (Volvo Trucks owns both Renault Trucks and Mack).

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Now to the rear tandem. Terberg converted the factory tandem into a wide spread tandem by increasing the axle spacing from 137 cm to 182 cm. Furthermore, the company made the last axle steerable, using an electric-hydraulic steering system. Both drive axles -as usual with hub reduction- got a hydraulic suspension. Last but not least, there’s a horizontal levelling system at work when dumping.

By increasing the axle spacing, both drive axles have become two separate axles instead of a tandem, leading to 4,000 kg extra GVM. The truck’s legal maximum GVM is a rather mind blowing 43,000 kg (almost 95,000 lbs); unheard of anywhere else, as far as I know. Keep in mind we’re talking about a road legal, rigid truck chassis with four axles.

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This picture shows how the Volvo sets itself around a corner. Thanks to the last steering axle, the turning radius got shorter, plus there’s less wear and tear on tires, chassis parts and pavement. (photo courtesy of Van Kessel Truckstyling)

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Truck owner Ploegam drives for Dura Vermeer, a giant in the construction and infrastructure business with a 2018 revenue of € 1.337 billion.

Dura Vermeer at work, laying asphalt in the south of the Netherlands.

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The AJK company from Belgium built the Volvo’s insulated dump bed.

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Asphalt haulers are also frequently used to tow a low bed trailer, carrying road construction machinery. After all, a horse (let alone 469 of them) can tow more weight than it can carry on its back. (photo courtesy of Ploegam-De Klein)

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On a related note, on the same sunny day I caught another heavy dude. A Case CX240 crawler excavator, owned by Mr. Van den Berg. No relation to rock guitarist & hairy dude Adrian.

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