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Bell B60D set for debut in Jo'burg

Bell’s 60-tonne articulated dump truck, the B60D. (Image source: Bell Equipment)

The inaugural bauma Africa is on the doorstep of South African heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment, and the company plans to make a strong impact locally by showcasing its strides in innovation with the debut of its 60-tonne articulated dump truck, the B60D

Following in the footsteps of the company's flagship B50D, which was released for export at bauma Munich in 2004, the B60D opens up opportunities for the company in a domain that was previously only contested by rigid haulers.

The B60D has full articulation and oscillation steering but differs from a traditional ADT in that it has two driven axles, giving it 4x4 capability. With a 60-tonne payload the company believes it will be able to move considerably more dirt than a regular ADT, at a lower cost per tonne than comparative rigid haulers.

At the same time the truck offers much better off-road capability than a rigid hauler and has the ability to work in worse underfoot conditions to increase days in production.

Bell Equipment marketing manager Stephen Jones said, "We're excited to be able to showcase our cutting-edge products at a show of this magnitude on the African continent. Apart from our B60D, we will also be displaying our new B50D Ejector as well as the E-series ADT and upgraded Fleetm@tic fleet monitoring system, which were very well received at bauma Germany earlier this year."

Bell Equipment will be exhibiting at stand D35/45/51 - Outside

This article originally featured in the September 2013 issue of African Review of Business and Technology. To read this issue of the magazine online, click here