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DAF targets new business in construction sector

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DAF Trucks is looking to strengthen its presence considerably in the construction market by introducing new chassis variants and new axles.

The manufacturer will be offering a new 10-tonne front axle for the CF and XF from the second half of this year, particularly useful for operations where a heavy crane is mounted immediately behind the cab. DAF is also launching a 7.5-tonne non-steered trailing axle designed for use on payload sensitive work and in less arduous applications, such as for container delivery systems and for transporting building materials.

It features a newly designed die cast axle housing which has better rigidity and is more robust than its predecessor. Also, its weight has been reduced by 10kg and the static load capacity has been increased by 25% to 26 tonnes.

The manufacturer is also adding several new axle configurations to its range including the a CF and XF 8×4 with double-drive tandem and steered trailing axle; XF FTM: 8×4 tractor with tridem and XF 8×2 rigid with two steered front axles.

DAF’s XF FTM 8×4 tractor unit is a double-drive SR1360T or HR1670T tandem and steered pusher axle, which together form a tridem. It is designed for heavy haulage and exceptional transport applications, where combination weights can add up to 120 tonnes.

The use of a single front axle and three rear axles means that the axle capacity can be fully exploited without exceeding legally permitted loads. Construction variants of the LF are also available.

Richard Zink, Director of Marketing and Sales and member of the Board of Management at DAF Trucks said: “DAF has been the undisputed leader in the tractor unit segment in Europe for many years now. “This is why we intend to make ourselves an even more prominent contender in the rigids and construction vehicle segment.

“This is a segment with considerable growth potential for DAF. We offer a strong range of robust chassis and axles, efficient drivelines and comfortable cabs.”