Creaton GmbH has taken delivery of a new Doosan DA45-7 articulated dump trucks (ADT) for its operations in Bavaria.
Creaton operates a clay and loam pit in Langenreichen-Buttenwiesen, and relies on a fleet of Doosan ADTs because of their excellent rough terrain capabilities and enormous power.
The latest edition to Creaton’s fleet, the Doosan DA45-7, is powered by the new Scania Stage V DC13 13-litre diesel engine. The ADT was purchased from Doosan dealer Süddeutsche Baumaschinen GmbH and its distribution partner, Nestel Baumaschinen GmbH.
Although the routes in and out of the Langenreichen-Buttenwiesen clay pit are not too long, at around 500m in length, the terrain is extremely challenging, especially in wet conditions. Soft ground and ascents and descents with gradients of up to 25% must be overcome by the ADTs.
Like all Doosan ADTs, the new DA45-7 model features an articulation hinge positioned behind the turning ring to provide equal weight distribution to the front axle even during maximum steer articulation.
This, combined with a free-swinging rear tandem bogie, ensures equal distribution of weight to each wheel and guarantees permanent six-wheel contact and drive for equal power distribution and excellent performance particularly on difficult terrains such as soft ground, uneven surfaces, very steep slopes, tight turns or a combination of all of these difficult conditions.
Combined with its high engine power of 368 kW (500 HP), the DA45-7 can easily transport a 41t payload of material up the steep inclines to the intermediate storage area at the pit, even in wet and extremely slippery conditions.
“The DA45-7 has the best off-road capability of all the brands we tested,” said quarry manager Roland Kanefzky. “The previous generation of this model, the DA40-5, has been in service with us for five years and has been very impressive.”
Driver Christoph Schimpp added: “Thanks to the high engine power and the eight-speed transmission, theDA45-7 offers great power, even when fully loaded. The new self-adjusting front axle has also significantly improved driving comfort compared to the DA40-5.”