Leading dumper manufacturer Thwaites is launching its largest capacity front tip machine ever - the Alldrive 10 tonne. Its totally new design and outstanding performance will satisfy the needs of contractors and plant hirers in the building and civil engineering sectors looking for larger capacity dumpers.
In keeping with its reputation for building the best quality dumpers on the market, Thwaites' designers have utilised Domex impact-resistant steel, which increases strength without incurring a weight penalty. So despite having a maximum safe load of 10 tonnes, the new machine weighs 4760 kg (including driver), just 115kg more than the Alldrive 9 tonne.
Additional payload needs more power and Thwaites has installed the 4.4 litre, Perkins 1104C stage II compliant turbo-charged engine producing 130hp - 30hp (22.5kW) and 88Nm more torque than the 9 tonner's engine. Despite this extra power, the new engine has a lower sound power level of 104 LwA.
Power is transmitted to the 500/60 x 22.5, 12 ply tyres via a four speed forward and reverse powershuttle transmission (Powershift transmission is an option) with a column-mounted directional control lever, a Borg Warner 11L low ratio torque convertor and Dana 112 heavy-duty axles. Maximum speed is almost 30 km per hour.
Extensive use of the Domex 460 steel in the construction of the skip allows exceptional machine performance even when fully loaded. The skip's top rail and sides use the 5mm thick impact resistant steel, with the skip base formed from 6mm mild steel with 12mm overlap joints. As well as an additional 1000kg payload, the new skip has increased volumes - up to 4700 litres heaped and 4100 litres struck.
A purpose-built, new rear chassis has been incorporated which is 100mm deeper than the chassis currently used on the 9 tonne unit. The three-point Kinglink which gives the unit its centre articulation and oscillation for better stability, traction and extra safety on site, uses an extra heavy duty pin (80mm diameter) and bearing (115mm diameter) designed specifically for the 10 tonne machine.
Operator visibility from the comfortable Milsco CE 200 deluxe seat - which features integrated suspension - is excellent and meets the latest dumper visibility standard.
Although the new machine's wheelbase is slightly longer than then the 9 tonner -resulting in improved stability - the overall width of the machine is narrower at just 2485 mm. Overall length is 4650 mm and working height to the top of the beacon, mounted on the standard folding roll bar, is 3415 mm.
A QuadraCooling package provides radiators for engine coolant, turbo air, hydraulic and transmission oil. The rear of the machine has sound-suppression ducting and a dedicated, extra heavy duty exhaust system.
"Thwaites has always enjoyed a strong relationship with contractors and plant hirers supplying the building and civil engineering sectors and the new Alldrive 10 Tonne front tip machine has been designed specifically to satisfy the big demand from that sector," said sales director Ian Brown. "The amount of time and effort that has been dedicated to this machine's development is reflected in how well it performs, particularly when fully loaded. It has been designed and built to withstand the toughest applications. We are expecting it to be another big seller."
"We realise that our machines are only as good as the support behind them which is why we take such care in selecting our distributors," he said. "With 16 in the UK and 60 around the globe, you are never far away from one."
With almost 70 years experience in the dumper market, Thwaites has the world's broadest range of four wheel drive machines renowned throughout the industry for high performance levels, exceptional durability and low operating costs which guarantees high resale values for many years to come.