UK quarry buys first Terex haulers in 25 years
A UK quarry in the Derbyshire Peak District has returned to the Terex fold, purchasing its first Terex rigid haul truck in more than 25 years. Longcliffe Quarries originally had used Terex R35 trucks, but then went on to use 50- and 60-tonne capacity trucks from a competitor brand.
Longcliffe has now bought and is using a Terex TR70, a 65-tonne capacity truck, powered by a 567 kW Cummins engine.
Quarry manager, Ian McDonald said that the TR70 was able to fulfil their operation’s specific requirement for its haul trucks.
“We need the truck to be able to run under our front line shovels but also require it to be able to be loaded by our smaller wheeled loaders when moving waste material. Terex was the only manufacturer able to give us a low enough body yet retain the payload requirement.”
Another determining factor was the physical width of the truck, said McDonald.
“We needed a truck that could fit through the tunnel and yet again Terex was the only manufacturer that could meet our requirements,” explains Mr McDonald.
As with the rest of the Longcliffe fleet, the TR70 truck sports Longcliffe’s corporate colour scheme. Being painted on the production line at the Terex facility in Newhouse, Scotland, meant the Terex truck was able to be put to work straight away.
“The finish on the paintwork is excellent!” commented McDonald. “Previous vehicles from other suppliers have had to be stripped down and repainted in our workshops causing delays to getting the vehicle into action. This wasn’t an issue with Terex.”
Along with the special paint scheme, Longcliffe also specified various aftermarket features including a hydraulically folding access step and the TDL360 degree surround camera system, which were provided and installed by Terex distributor TDL. The revolutionary system provides a bird’s eye view of the truck and its working environment on the in-cab colour screen and reduces potential blind-spots around the vehicle. The system utilises four standard cameras mounted to the front, off and near sides and rear of the TR70 truck.
Longcliffe also requested that TDL included its extended oil change facility, through which engine oil and filter life is extended by at least four times resulting in reduced oil usage and disposal cost.
Another potential cost saving option fitted to the TR70 truck was the TDL Tyre Monitoring system. “Tyres and their maintenance cover a large proportion of the trucks running costs and TDL believes the Tyre Monitor can reduce these costs by monitoring pressures every 15 minutes and alerting the operator should any tyre drop or exceed a certain pressure,” said TDL Areas Sales Manager Gaz Bourne . Alerts are brought up on the in-cab monitor and scans can also be sent via TDL Telematics to the maintenance teams via email or text message.