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Terex TA300 Generation 9 Articulated Trucks Offer Cleaner, More Fuel-Efficient Productivity

Tue September 20, 2011 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Powered by a Tier IV interim compliant Scania DC9 370 hp (276 kW) engine, the new Terex TA300 Generation 9 articulated truck is designed to keep productivity levels high, fuel consumption low and cycle times short. The fuel-efficient design of the new TA300 boasts a 12 percent reduction in fuel consumption for fewer refueling stops, as well as more than a 2 percent in horsepower and a 6 percent increase in peak torque for better overall acceleration, over its predecessor, according to the manufacturer.

“With a maximum payload of 30 tons, a body dump cycle time of 20 seconds and a 22.9-cu. yd. heaped capacity body, customers will benefit from low cost-per-ton per hour when moving material,” said Ken Emmett, product manager, Terex Construction. “And, its high-capacity cooling system provides excellent performance in all climates, from arctic to desert conditions.”

With an emissions-compliant engine and exhaust brake, this new Generation 9 truck provides excellent rim pull and power in haul applications. The TA300 is equipped with a ZF fully automatic with manual override transmission and retarder, with six forward gears and three reverse gears. It has a maximum torque of 1,309 lb.-ft. at 1,400 rpm, and when coupled with the 100 percent differential locking action, this performance enables this truck to go where others can’t follow. The maneuverability and tractive effort means the truck is well-suited to such diverse applications as quarrying, mining, construction and road maintenance.

The standard independent front suspension (IFS) system on the TA300 provides a smooth ride when traveling over rough terrain, making it easier to handle and increasing productivity. In addition to achieving quicker haul cycles, shock loads and vibrations also are reduced, increasing component life, enhancing operator comfort and reducing driver fatigue.

Another feature of the Gen 9 TA300 — and all Terex articulated haulers — is the oil-cooled multiple-disc brakes on each axle, which provide extended brake component life, reduced service intervals, lower operating costs, and better overall braking performance in comparison to traditional dry-disc brake systems, according to the manufacturer.

The Gen 9 TA300 also has a new ergonomic cab designed to provide operators with comfort and control. Control positions and instrument groupings have been arranged according to operator feedback. The cab also benefits from reduced interior noise levels, an improved steering wheel, more effective air conditioning, a high-quality sound system and new mirrors.

Interior aesthetics have been updated to anthracite grey with a matte finish to reduce glare.

Maintenance is simple to perform on the TA300. From the wide opening angle of the electronic-lift hood to ground level access to the major components, every consideration has been given to servicing the TA300. Service technicians can easily complete under-hood service due to the wide platforms on both sides of the engine.

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