Hydrema is ready to set new safety standards for working with small dump trucks. In its 60th year, the Danish construction equipment manufacturer will launch a new dump truck that breaks with old traditions by offering a brand new design in the 6-9 t sector. This new machine has been made to comply, in particular, with UK safety regulations concerning site dumpers.
The UK is the world's largest site dumper market and in the last couple of years operators and contractors have pioneered a strategy to reduce dumper accidents on site. "Site dumpers are involved in a lot of earth-moving related accidents every year. Machine operators lose their lives or are seriously injured in accidents involving site dumpers. The causes are often due to poor stability, reduced visibility or slips & trips," explains Hydrema's R&D Manager, Thorkil K. Iversen.
To address these safety issues Hydrema has designed a small dump truck that breaks with all previous conceptions of what a site dumper should be. Offering all the benefits of a larger rear tip ADT but with the compact size of a traditional site dumper, the new Hydrema is a scaled down version of an articulated machine but in the 7-tonne class.
"No other manufacturers have produced a new or different solution so far. At Hydrema we have taken our well-proven 912-dump truck and incorporated all its qualities into a smaller version. This means that we can now supply a dump truck in the 7 tonne class with excellent all-round visibility, high stability, easy one-step access to the cab and great performance too," says Iversen.
The Hydrema 707G dump truck is the first in a new family of Hydrema earth-moving machines. It comes in two models with engine sizes of 55 kW (74 HP) and 90 kW (122 HP) respectively, the more powerful version being named the Power+.
The machine is fitted with a 3.8-litre Stage 5 Cummins diesel engine which meets the 2020 emission requirements and the 55-kW version does not require the use of AdBlue. The dump truck's unladen weight is 5.3 tonnes, and the load capacity is 6.5 tonnes.
The 707G has a fully variable hydrostatic transmission achieving speeds of up to 34 km/h, without interrupting traction.
Using the ECO-mode the Hydrostatic transmission keeps fuel consumption to a minimum as does the start/stop function as seen in passenger cars. Dump trucks typically idle 40 percent of the time so this makes for considerable fuel savings.