Heavy Equipment Guide Logo

This ad will close in 15 seconds

World premiere of Bell Equipment's B45E 4x4

The Bell B45E 4x4 is based on the concept of the larger B60E, which successfully performs in opencast mining and quarrying applications worldwide.
The Bell B45E 4x4 is based on the concept of the larger B60E, which successfully performs in opencast mining and quarrying applications worldwide.

With the launch of the new Bell B45E 4x4 at bauma, Bell Equipment will add a new model to its range of articulated 4x4 two-axle ADTs. Similar to the sixty-tonner B60E and the smaller Bell B30E 4x4, the new truck is configured to provide a highly efficient and cost-effective transport solution for niche applications in the mining and construction industry.

With the front half of the truck being essentially the same as its 6x6 counterpart, the Bell B45E 4x4 is derived from proven high-volume technology and decades of experience. Powering the truck is a 390 kW / 2,460 Nm inline six-cylinder engine from Mercedes Benz, optimized for off-highway use by MTU. This, combined with the Allison seven-speed automatic transmission, contributes to outstanding driving performance while delivering the low fuel consumption typical of Bell ADTs. 

Wet brakes on both axles ensure safe deceleration and work in conjunction with the Jacobs Engine Brake, to provide the multi-stage programmable automatic retardation. The standard Bell cab is spacious, offering great visibility and comfort while ensuring safety and productivity. This is achieved through a comprehensive package of productivity, safety and ease-of-operation features, based on real-time data collection by the truck's sensors (on-board weighing, pitch/roll sensor, etc.).

In designing the rear chassis and the 25 m³ bin, the designers followed the design of the Bell 4x4 flagship, the B60E which has been optimized for tough mining applications. A rigidly mounted 55-t-axle supplied by German manufacturer Kessler with 21.00R35 twin tyres ensures a robust solution with a nominal payload of 41.0 tonnes. At the front the truck rolls on 775 / 65R29 tyres that boast high load carrying capacities and high lateral stability, an essential characteristic for a machine intended for challenging underfoot conditions. To improve ride comfort, the B45E 4x4 can optionally be equipped with the Bell "Comfort Ride" adaptive front suspension system.

Like the Bell B60E, the B45E 4x4 bin concept is along the lines of a rigid dump truck rock bin with bottom-mounted telescopic tip cylinders. Thanks to its wide geometry and flat-bottomed floor, the 41-tonner fits in well with typical quarry loading equipment and offers better filling characteristics than the longer 6x6 ADT bins of the same volume. When carrying sticky material such as clay, optional body heating helps to minimize carry-back when tipping. Additionally, Bell Equipment has found that their 4x4 bin configuration, which doesn't have the traditional ADT dovetail, is considerably better at minimizing carry-back than their 6x6 counterparts. With a fully programmable maximum tipping angle of up to 55° relative to horizontal, the short bin body reaches a tipping height of only 6 394 mm, which can be an advantage when operating with overhead structures (for example hoppers and crushers).

Flexible Allrounder

"Thanks to its high capacity and superior productivity, the Bell B60E can perform a supporting or primary production role in many large opencast mining and quarrying operations around the world. However, we see other target applications for the B45E 4x4," said Tristan du Pisanie, Bell Equipment's ADT Marketing Manager. "These include small to medium-sized mining or quarrying operations with lower production tonnage as well as larger sites with difficult underfoot conditions. Finally, there could be operations requiring selective mining in very specific areas as a top-up on their main production volumes." Despite a number of competitors having dropped 40t rigid dump trucks from their range, many customers in Europe are continuing to work with rigid trucks in the 40-ton class. 

"With comparable performance to rigid dump trucks on well-tended, dry underfoot conditions, the two-axle articulated trucks score in all-weather conditions when the haul roads deteriorate or become slippery. Additionally, the loading site is often a challenging environment to negotiate and undulations are common. The all-wheel drive and oscillation joint configuration are the reasons for this and they also provide for safer machine operation. This means that the machine is also suited to stripping or overburden work, which provides higher utilization and improved return of investment."

For today's quarry operations, with lower maximum speeds and shorter hauls, Bell 4x4s offer a more economical drive concept compared to 4x2 rigid trucks that are designed for high top speeds over long distances. 

"The lower fuel consumption has a direct effect on the operational costs. Another very important factor in this regard is tyre wear," said Tristan du Pisanie. "After several thousand operating hours, in direct comparison with 4x2 rigid trucks of the same size, operators reported a 65% lower wear on the rear twin tyres of the Bell B60E. Here again, the all-wheel drive and the consistent traction on each wheel ensured by the oscillation joint seems to be the difference."

With regard to tyre wear on hard and abrasive haul roads, the two-axle ADT concept offers further advantages over conventional 6x6 trucks. The shorter rear chassis means 4x4s are more manoeuvrable than comparable three-axle trucks, whose middle and rear tyres tend to scuff around tight bends. 

This increased wear results in higher tyre and route maintenance costs as the scuffing tyres tend to churn up the road. The use of 4x4s in opencast mining requires less shunting at narrow loading points or at the primary crusher. In tunnelling or in underground mining the smaller turning circle is particularly significant: "Here, we have already successfully placed several 4x4 thirty-tonners. 

Specific customer requests for the more powerful B45E 4x4 prove that this derivative of our standard 6x6 machine can offer a real alternative for this very special market segment," concludes Tristan du Pisanie.

The Bell B45E 4x4 will enter the market in April 2019 following its launch at Bauma. Like all Bell 4x4s, the trucks will be produced in Bell Equipment's main factory in Richards Bay, South Africa with the first machines planned for delivery early this summer.

More from Roadbuilding

How technology is boosting cold milling productivity

Asphalt milling, asphalt grinding and asphalt planing describe the same process by which weathered, oxidized asphalt pavement is removed from a driving surface in varying depths, as specified, done in advance of a fresh asphalt overlay or pavement preservation treatment. 

Bergkamp Pivot Tack System for FP5 Flameless Pothole Patcher eliminates tripping hazards and keeps tack off of equipment

Tack that is sprayed into potholes to increase adhesion within a patch can also adhere to equipment hoses. In addition, the hoses can present jobsite tripping hazards. To address these common issues, Bergkamp Inc. has engineered a new Pivot Tack/Air Hose System for its FP5 Flameless All-In-One Pothole Patcher. Located at the back-right side of the FP5's hopper body, the system's pivoting arm holds the original tack hose off of the ground and parallel to the hopper, locked in place for transporting with a spring-loaded pin. 

Recycled aggregates for roads

Municipalities are responsible for the care and maintenance of vast amounts of roads, from lanes to highways. When those roads are repaired or replaced, there's the potential to generate a significant amount of aggregate material - concrete and asphalt removed from the surface that must be dealt with.
Today's roadbuilding contractors are taking this material and recycling it more than ever before. However, research is showing that some municipalities are far better than others when it comes to using this type of aggregate in their roads - and some are far behind.

Ground penetrating radar provides critical insight for maintaining Canada's aging roads and bridges

Municipalities across Canada are burdened with aging transportation infrastructure, much of which was constructed in the post-war era and is nearing the end of its useful life. The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) found that one third of municipal infrastructure across the country is in fair, poor or very poor condition, and this includes 39 percent of roads and 26 percent of bridges. Cold weather and the use of corrosive de-icing salts further threaten the reliability of the transportation infrastructure we rely on every day.

Case adds two new vibratory rollers to DV Series

Case Construction Equipment has introduced the latest additions to the DV Series of vibratory rollers. With models available in both double drum and combination (front drum with rear pneumatic tires) configurations, these rollers are powerful, easy to transport and nimble enough to work in a variety of residential and commercial construction applications where the operator may encounter tight quarters, curbs, structures and other obstacles.

State-of-the-art high-performance W380 CRi cold recycler from Wirtgen

Due to the rapid increase in heavy-duty transport, the global road network is showing visible signs of aging in many places. In order to ensure that the road infrastructure remains functional over the long term, roads are increasingly requiring structural rehabilitation. Wirtgen developed the high-performance W 380 CRi cold recycler specifically to meet these requirements. This innovative machine will be unveiled to the world at the Bauma trade show. 

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Wacker Neuson restyles ride-on roller for improved visibility and curb clearance

Wacker Neuson has updated its 1.2-ton tandem vibratory roller line to include improved visibility, curb clearance and easier service access. The RD12 series has dominated the industry since it was originally developed and introduced to the North American market 30 years ago. These popular ride-on rollers are the perfect fit for residential and commercial construction for asphalt and subbase soil compaction of parking lots, driveways, secondary roads and nature trails. Additionally, they are an excellent choice for landscape and golf course contractors to statically roll sod, fairways and greens.

Efficient fleet management with WITOS FleetView from Wirtgen Group

"A penny saved is a penny earned." WITOS FleetView is a must-have for anyone who takes this old proverb to heart, because with the fleet and service management solution from the WIRTGEN GROUP, users and machine operators have diverse advantages that are worth their weight in gold. An example from the field confirms it: GSI-Asphalt, a medium-sized enterprise in Eging am See, near Passau, Germany, has been using WITOS FleetView for years in conjunction with the SmartService service agreement. While SmartService provides for regular inspections in accordance with the instruction manual, the telematics solution WITOS FleetView additionally supports proactive maintenance planning and a rapid response in the event of faults. Both services guarantee maximum machine availability - enhancing the cost-efficiency and value retention of the machinery.

New Dynapac pavers take commercial class to the next level

Dynapac North America upgrades its commercial class paver range with the new FC1700C, FC1400 II, and FC1300 II.  The new pavers are equipped with EPA Tier 4 Final certified emissions regulations-compliant engines and offer new features that takes the Dynapac commercial class paver range to the next level.  The launch of the new FC1700 will take place at the National Pavement Expo in Nashville, TN.  

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more

Bomag BF300 commercial pavers bring unique features to improve quality and efficiency

BOMAG introduces the new BF 300 series of commercial pavers that offers big paver features and efficiency in a 6-ft (1.8-m) paver. The rubber tire BF 300 P-2and BF 300 C-2 track pavers are designed to elevate paving quality and productivity, while reducing costs on a range of municipal, department of transportation, city development, and bike and cart path applications. 

Volvo CE expands ActiveCare Direct to pavers

Originally launched in 2017 for excavators, articulated haulers and wheel loaders, ActiveCare Direct is now available on select Volvo asphalt pavers. Starting February 2019, the P7110B and P7170B will be eligible for a one-year free subscription to ActiveCare Direct with a new machine purchase.

Bridgestone brings portfolio of OTR tire solutions to AGG1

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. will exhibit its integrated portfolio of off-the-road (OTR) products, technologies and services at the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association Aggregates Academy and Expo (AGG1) and World of Asphalt 2019 Show and Conference, Feb. 12-14 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Located at booth 31089, Bridgestone will showcase the benefits of using products backed by integrated technologies to drive increased productivity for customers.

CASE launches new series of small-frame vibratory rollers

Case Construction Equipment has announced a new series of small-frame vibratory rollers. Available in both double drum and combination (front drum with rear pneumatic tires) configurations, these compact rollers are easy to transport and are ideal for working in residential and commercial construction applications where the operator may encounter tight quarters, curbs, structures and other obstacles.

Komatsu America and Bomag distribution partnership paves way to new market opportunities

Bomag Americas, Inc. and Komatsu America Corp. are pleased to announce that Komatsu's six company owned dealerships (Edward Ehrbar, Komatsu Equipment Company, Komatsu Northeast, Komatsu Southwest, Midlantic Machinery and Pine Bush Equipment) have entered into an arrangement for the sale and support of Bomag compaction, milling, paving and reclaiming/stabilizing equipment for roadbuilding and other construction markets. 

Bomag's new paving training programs help operators and companies get the most from their equipment

For asphalt contractors to be successful in today's competitive paving market, paver and roller operators must acquire a deep knowledge of the equipment's features and put this knowledge into practice at the jobsite. With long-time equipment operators retiring at a high rate, the next generation of operators must receive extensive in-depth training on the equipment in order to meet project specifications without costly rework so companies can maximize equipment return on investment.

Asphalt Drum Mixers offers crane-set and self-erect asphalt storage silos

Asphalt Drum Mixers, Inc. offers crane-set and self-erect asphalt storage silos, which are compatible with both the company's own and similar competitive models of asphalt plants. ADM silos are available in many configurations from single self-erecting silo to multiple crane-set silos and several drive-through configurations. Capacities are available between 30 and 300 tons. Custom designs and capacities are also available to accommodate any producer.

Road Dryer RD-1200 safely dries pavement in one pass for paving, surface treatments

The RD-1200XT pavement-drying unit from Greenville, South Carolina-based Road Dryer, LLC, quickly dries asphalt and concrete pavement, allowing crews to pave or apply surface treatments or striping after just one pass. The unit, which blows heated air up to 300° F directly downward through multiple nozzles, eliminates the risk of "flying objects," and allows traffic to flow in nearby lanes — reducing congestion caused by traffic restrictions. Available as a simple-to-operate trailer- or truck-mounted unit, the RD-1200XT can be adjusted for 8-ft to 12-ft (2.4m to 3.7m) drying widths. Because it dries pavement on demand, it provides flexibility for contractors and government agencies to meet timetables by minimizing delays from weather- and project-related wet conditions.

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Move big snow with Torwel's heavy-duty snow pushers

Torwel Limited has announced its new and improved Heavy-Duty Snow Pushers in widths from 8' through 18'. All models boast robust design and upgrades that include adjustable skid/wear shoes and easy to use attachment systems that include the universal skid steer mounting system and the new versatile utility tractor/loader global mounting system.

In-depth report: asphalt pavers

Trends in asphalt paving centre around making it easier and faster to lay down the highest quality pavement. In our latest in-depth report, our panel of experts from five manufacturers take a look at advances and technologies that are available in asphalt pavers, their current level of adoption, the advantages they offer, plus considerations when looking at the purchase of a new machine. 

Vögele offers new app for paver operators

JOSEPH VÖGELE AG are further extending their range of service and training options for users: using a specially developed app and the associated web special, job-site professionals can now get to grips with the ErgoPlus 3 operating concept quickly and easily with the aid of numerous animations. 

NC Equipment purchases DYNAPAC’S NEWEST MOBILE Feeder in North America

Segregation - the separation of asphalt mats that can cause headaches for road maintenance crews - is a hot topic in the paving industry as more contracts include clauses regarding this challenging condition. 
As a long-time dealer and rental house serving northern Alberta's asphalt contractors, NC Equipment keeps track of the trends in the industry. As a full-time Dynapac dealer since 2017, it has taken the lead for its customers by bringing in a North American first to help reduce segregation problems on roadbuilding jobs.

Topcon acquires ThunderBuild, expanding paving solutions portfolio

Topcon Positioning Group announces the complete acquisition of ThunderBuild BV Group, expanding the portfolio of Topcon paving solutions. Based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, ThunderBuild develops software related to logistics management with a primary focus in the asphalt market, as well as additional applications that pertain to the transport of bulk materials.

​A-1 Sandrock paves the way with recycled asphalt shingles and Terex equipment

With 12 million tons of tear-off roofing material being generated each year in the United States, and increased regulations, the industry demands efficient recyclers. Efficiency is second nature to A-1 Sandrock. The company has rose to the challenge over the last few years, growing their shingle disposal program into a massive operation that's convenient for roofers, communities, North Carolina, and the surrounding states.

Cat pneumatic compactor in nine- and eleven-wheel models is ideal for all types of asphalt mix

Designed for use on granular materials and all types of asphalt-mix designs, the new Cat CW16 pneumatic (rubber-tire) roller is available as a standard nine-wheel model with a 69-inch (1,754-mm) compaction width or as an optional 11-wheel model with an 84-inch (2,132-mm) compaction width. The CW16 is designed for efficient performance on highways, city streets, county roads, lane additions, industrial sites, overlays, or other mid-size jobs.

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more