Exactly one year after the launch of the Metso Truck Body at the bauma Munich 2019 fair, the first two Komatsu HD605-8 dump trucks equipped with Metso Truck Bodies have been delivered to a porphyry quarry in Brabant Wallon, Belgium, by Metso distributor BIA Group. These are the first Metso Truck Bodies taken into operation in Central Europe and a world premiere for rigid dumpers in this weight class.
The tough and abrasive rock handled by the quarry had a significant impact on the previous conventional truck boxes. On a traditional box, the maximum payload is limited by the high weight of the lining and the box itself. The Metso Truck Body differs from a standard box by its lighter, but resistant, rounded shaped design in ultra-high-strength steel combined with the Trellex rubber lining. This makes it possible to obtain a 20% to 30% lighter body without sacrificing rigidity.
The Metso Truck Body designed for the Komatsu HD605-8 truck weighs 6 tonnes less than a standard version fitted with a steel liner. The weight reduction translates into a 10% additional payload and therefore offers greater efficiency from the first run. Likewise, during empty bucket journeys, the dumper will consume less fuel simply because it is lighter. Due to its rounded shape, less carry-back remains in the body, avoiding transporting unnecessary weight.