The benefit of Bell Equipment’s new partnership with Russian-based tipper truck specialist, Kamaz, goes beyond providing the company’s southern Africa customers with a premium tipper truck range backed by leading local support.

It has also created an opportunity for Bell to strengthen its commitment to the local manufacturing sector and promote economic growth.

This article first appeared in Mining Review Africa Issue 5 2018

The Dakar-winning Kamaz range of tipper trucks was formally launched to customers to mark the first phase of introduction at Bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018 in March.

According to Bell Equipment product marketing manager, Brad Castle, the initial range consists of four models.

“There are two 6×4 trucks, with payload capacities of 15 t and 20 t respectively, as well as an 8×4 with a payload of 25.5 t and a 6×6 truck with a 19.5 t payload, which we are particularly excited about.

“The 6×6 bridges the gap between an articulated dump truck and a conventional tipper. All wheel drive, good ground clearance of 396 mm, strength, and inter-axle and centre differential locks allow the truck to operate well on less maintained or more uneven work sites and makes it suitable for operation 12 months of the year,” explains Castle.

Bell sees potential for the 8×4 truck in high production applications such as mines and quarries.

“The two rear axles and two front steering axles provide optimised weight distribution, which allows the truck to carry heavier payloads, for greater productivity,” explains Castle.

The three larger trucks are equipped with proven 400hp (294kW) Kamaz-built engines that supply power through a trusted ZF transmission.

This power is successfully transferred onto the ground by hub and differential reductions.

The smallest model in the range is powered by the popular 282hp (207kW) Cummins engine, also through a ZF transmission.

Due to the lower power only differential reduction is required. All models have traction control for difficult underfoot conditions.

Air suspended cabs and seats are designed for operator safety and comfort.

In addition Bell will offer personalised configurations of the cab chassis according to the customer’s requirements enabling the Kamaz trucks to be tailored to all industries.

To meet differing market requirements, Bell will also bring in left-hand drive vehicles on direct order for customers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Significant investments have already been made in training staff and stocking parts in the company’s logistics warehouse.

Bell has made an additional investment to commission a CKD (complete knockdown) assembly line at its Richards Bay factory for the local assembly of Kamaz tippers, as part of the second phase.

Castle said the projected roll out of the first trucks from the Bell assembly line is during the last quarter of 2018 or first quarter of 2019.

“The investment in local manufacture is geared towards achieving shorter truck lead times for our customers and creating employment opportunities that will significantly contribute towards economic growth,” he adds.

Kamaz tipper truck specifications

65115 (6×4) 6520 (6×4) 65222 (6×6) 65201 (6×8)
Rated power 207 kW (280hp) 294 kW (400hp) 294 kW (400hp) 294 kW (400hp)
Maximum torque 895 Nm 1 766 Nm 1 766 Nm 1 766 Nm
Payload capacity 15 000 kg 20 000 kg 19 500 kg 25 500 kg
Tyre size 11.00R20 315/80R22.5 16.00R20 315/80R22.5
Gross weight 25 200 kg 33 100 kg 34 000 kg 41 000 kg
Bin capacity 10 m³ 12 m³ 12 m³ 16 m³
Turning circle 9.7 m 9 m 11.5 m 11 m


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