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46 • March 2017 www.concreteproducts.com FEATURE SHOW REPORT The FD4000 Front Discharge mixer has multiple component upgrades for 2017 that reduce truck weight, increase payload and improve performance. A lighter weight rear tandem axle design allows cus- tomers to efficiently run either super single or dual tires, increasing its flexibility for use in multiple markets. New Meritor DualTrac rear axles feature disc brakes to reduce stopping distance. The axle design increases bearing life by effec- tively repositioning wheel bearing loading similar to that of dual tire configurations when used with single 0-0.56-in. outset wheels. A lighter weight and less expensive option to wide track housing, DualTrac gives operators the ability to convert between wide-based single tires for increased fuel economy plus higher payload capacity and duals for greater tractive effort. The new rear axle offers a full 40,000-lb. rating with no de-rate necessary. The truck's lightweight Meritor front axle offers a 42-degree wheel cut to reduce turn radius and features disc brakes. The FD4000's SAF-Holland ADZ Vocational air drive rear tandem suspension reduces overall truck weight and, building on the AD series, combines advanced designs and technologies with proven testing procedures. A one-piece integral lower module eliminates the traditional bushing design to increase roll stability by more than 25 percent over conventional options. Featuring premium shock absorb- ers to improve ride and longevity, the new suspension incorporates welded axle and unique single EZ-Align connections to eliminate maintenance and simplify alignment procedures. Terex Advance now offers as an option for the FD4000 truck the ZF CML 12 drum drive with re-engineered pedestal mounting that reduces truck weight over other drive designs. The standard 11-yd. drum is constructed with a 3/16-in.-thick hardened AR400 brinell steel to provide a balance between wear-resistance and low weight. The FD4000 is available with LED headlights, which enhance the driver's field of vision during nighttime operation. Inside the cab, the dashboard design includes logical gauge positioning, bright LED dome lights, plus rear vents and louvers to improve operator produc- tivity and comfort. A wireless pendant allows the driver to operate key FD4000 func- tions from outside the cab to simplify below-grade concrete deliveries and improve drum clean-up efficiency. The pendant box includes push-button control of drum charge and discharge, engine throttle high/low and emergency drum stop; an expansion slot allow system tailoring to specific customer needs. The truck's Cummins ISX 12, 385-hp diesel engine delivers 1,450 ft.-lb. torque; power and torque ratings of 350 hp/1,450 ft.-lb. and 425 hp/1,550 ft.-lb. are also available, as the Detroit DD13-modeled MTU Series 1300 engine, with 350-, 380- and 450-hp packages. BRIDGE FORMULA MODEL In addition to the FD4000 improvements for 2017, Terex Advance has upgraded FDB6000 mixer truck, which features an extended front axle to rear tag axle span for customers working in markets that adhere to the Federal Bridge Formula standard. The model has a lightweight Marmon-Herrington front axle that offers a 42-degree wheel cut to deliver a short, fully loaded turning radius of 68 feet for improved onsite maneuverability. It also features a new four-channel video camera system with recording capability to improve operating visibil- ity and provide video documentation of deliveries. The cell wireless system with radar provides 360-degree video around the truck and inside the cab. A new frictional plate design integral to the front fender and bumpers offers wear resistance from rock chips to increase service life. LED daytime running lights, headlamps and work lights help to improve truck visibility. For companies located in northern cli- mates, the truck can be equipped with the Cold Weather Package, which includes heated mirrors and water valve plus a 110V block heater. Exclusive to Terex Advance, all the valves in this package are enclosed in a manifold heated by free system heat returning from the cab heater. Reducing tare weight, the standard 11-yd. drum is constructed with a 3/16-in.-thick (4.8-mm) hardened AR400 brinell steel shell. Delivering even discharge rates for both low- and high-slump con- crete, the inner fin design minimizes concrete clumping to improve mix uniformity. Self-cleaning fins reduce weight, curtail mix build-up and offer easier clean-up. In its lowered position, the 13,000-lb. hydraulic tag axle gives the FDB6000 its extended 390-in. front to rear axle span to meet the Federal Bridge Formula. Operation of the hydraulic tag axle is controlled by a single lift axle module for reliable operation and reduced maintenance needs. The truck's simplified air system fea- tures fewer parts and connections than previous designs, lowering air leakage potential. TEREX ADVANCE | SAF-HOLLAND Shown here at World of Concrete 2017, the FDB4000 has been upgraded with the SAF-Holland ADZ Vocational air drive rear tandem suspension.