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Fri January 31, 2014 - National Edition
The Terex FD4000 front discharge mixer truck boasts significant steering and front suspension improvements that enable the truck to take advantage of the front axle’s full wheel cut capability, significantly reducing the turn radius, according to the manufacturer.
Curb-to-curb turn radius is now a maximum of 68 ft. (20.7 m), a 15 percent reduction from previous models, to improve onsite maneuverability. At the same time, the wheel base on the FD4000 mixer truck has increased by 12 percent to 208 in. (528 cm) for improved weight distribution, ride quality and operator comfort.
More than 20 upgrades have been made to the operator’s cab of the FD4000 mixer truck, highlighted by 8.5 in. (21.6 cm) of additional floor space, making it more comfortable for taller operators. Its redesigned dashboard features logical positioning of gauges for improved operating efficiency, while brighter LED dome lights with door entry switch makes it easier to enter/exit the cab. Rear vents and louvers help to improve inside cab heating and make it easier to close the door. Accessing the cab is now easier, due to the stair rail handle and flexible hanging third step.
Customers can choose between two 2013 EPA-compliant engines, offering the latest in emissions control technology, for the FD4000 mixer truck. The MTU DD13 diesel engine can be configured to provide 350-, 380- or 450-hp (261-, 283- or 336-kW) to meet application needs. Alternatively, customers can opt for the Cummins ISX12 engine, offering three different power ratings of 350-, 385- or 425-hp (261, 287- or 317-kW). In the summer of 2014, customers also will have a 400-hp (298-kW) compressed natural gas (CNG) engine option. A standard on-board diagnostic (OBD) system provides self-diagnostics of emission system components and reports through a CAN-bus connection to help operators monitor the working condition of all EPA-required components.
The standardized 11-cu. yd. (8.4 cu m) mixer drum on the FD4000 truck excels in transporting and discharging low-slump concrete. Its drum shell is constructed with AR400 steel, and 0.25-in.-thick (0.64-cm) AR230 steel fins and flights in the mixing area improve wear resistance. Bolt-on trunnion rollers provide easier adjustment and simplified servicing.
To improve truck service-life longevity and reduce corrosion, components are pre-primed and powder coated. The mixer truck’s air system features more than a hundred part-count reduction from previous models, resulting in fewer connections for less air leakage potential. The lift axle is controlled by a single lift axle control module (LACM), which replaces four valves per axle, improving system servicing ease. Wiring harnesses are efficiently routed to improve electrical system reliability, while stop/turn/tail, back-up and license plate lights use LED lighting for longer life.
To simplify the mixer truck ordering process, Terex now offers three trim-line equipment packages for the FD4000 model to meet the customer’s needs and budget level: the work truck standard package, performance plus package and premium package. An optional cold-weather package is available for all three trim-lines and includes heated mirrors, heated water valve and 110V block heater.
For more information, visit www.terex.com.