• 30 April 2019
  • UK
  • New model types include 8x4 ‘tridem’ configuration for CF and XF
  • New XF with 8x2 ‘FAX’ set-up; new XF in popular 8x4 ‘FAD’ configuration
  • New 10-tonne front axle and new 7.5-tonne non-steered trailing axle

DAF Trucks expands UK product range at CV Show

DAF Trucks is expanding its model line-up to include a number of new axle configurations, including an 8x4 ‘tridem’ rigid with double-drive tandem and steered trailing rear axle.

DAF Trucks is expanding its model line-up to include a number of new axle configurations, including an 8x4 ‘tridem’ rigid with double-drive tandem and steered trailing rear axle. The UK market leader is also introducing a 10-tonne front axle, and a completely new 7.5-tonne non-steered trailing axle.

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The new developments underline DAF Trucks’ commitment to expanding its presence in vocational applications in the UK such as construction and waste handling. 

New vehicle configurations:

CF and XF 8x4 FAW tridem rigid with double-drive and steered trailing axle

Maximum traction for on/off road operation
GVW of 32 tonnes, GTW of 44 tonnes
Excellent manoeuvrability

XF FAX 8x2 rigid with two steered front axles and steered trailing axle

GVW of 32 tonnes, GTW of 44 tonnes

XF FAD 8x4 rigid with two steered front axles and double-drive tandem

GVW of 32 tonnes, GTW of 44 tonnes

Range of axles expanded:

New 10-tonne front axle

Avoids overloading with diminishing loads
For use with heavy cranes directly behind the cab

New 7.5-tonne non-steered trailing axle

Die cast, ultra-rigid axle housing
Lower weight, higher payloadStatic load capacity of 26 tonnes 

DAF Trucks is adding a number of new axle configurations to its already extensive range. 

New – CF and XF 8x4 with double-drive tandem and steered trailing axle:
A new configuration within the already extensive range of four-axle trucks with single and double drive is the ‘FAW’, which will be available ex-factory later this year. This is a four-axle CF or XF rigid with a tridem, consisting of the SR1360T tandem with single reduction or the HR1670T tandem with hub reduction, and a steered rearmost axle. 

The new 8x4 ‘FAW’ chassis has a GVW of 32 tonnes and, thanks to the steered trailing axle, can be manoeuvred with great precision. The turning circle is only about 15.6 metres, making the 8x4 ‘FAW’ ideally suited for transporting large or heavy loads to sites where there is relatively little space. The new chassis lends itself to operation as a tipper, concrete mixer, for bodywork with a rear mounted crane or for a combination of a loading crane with a hook lift system. 

The ‘FAW’ joins its stablemate tridem rigid, the single-drive DAF CF ‘FAQ’ which was introduced in 2014 in response to market demand for a highly manoeuvrable four axle rigid capable access the tightest locations – previously only accessible to six wheelers. Whereas the ‘FAQ’ has a single drive axle and three steered axles to minimise tyre scrub and yard damage, the FAW’s double driven tandem bogie provides improved traction for off-road use.

New – XF ‘FAX’ 8x2 rigid with two steered front axles and steered trailing axle:

The ‘FAX’ is an 8x2 rigid with two steered front axles (8 or 9 tonnes) and a steered trailing rear axle (7.5 tonnes) behind the driven axle. This configuration, which is already popular as a CF, is now available as an XF. 

Just as with the comparable CF, the XF ‘FAX’ offers a 32 tonne GVW and 44 tonne GTW as a drawbar. Its steered trailing axle ensures maximum manoeuvrability, which is ideal when distributing building materials and for example in case a crane is mounted behind the cab.

New – XF FAD 8x4 rigid with two steered front axles and double-drive:

The ‘FAD’ set-up is a traditional 8x4 with two steered front axles and double drive rear bogie and now for the first time DAF can offer an XF version in right-hand drive for UK operators looking for maximum cab space and storage.

Applications include specialisms use such as for recovery vehicles for use with heavy lift and long reach cranes. 

XF cab appeals in rigid configurations

The availability of the ‘FAX, FAD’ and new ‘FAW’ in the XF range of models reflects operator demand for the larger cab for certain applications. Whilst the CF remains the ideal choice for many, some operators appreciate the extra space, storage and comfort offered by the XF cab. Many specialist operations are double manned or have a lot of kit that needs to be stored in the cab, making the XF an ideal workplace. And, of course, drivers choose the XF when looking for the ultimate sleeping and living space. 

New – 10-tonne front axle:
In addition to the existing 7.5-, 8- and 9-tonne front axles, DAF Trucks will also be offering a 10-tonne version in the CF and XF from the second half of this year. This is of particular interest for applications in the construction segment, where high front axle loads are commonplace – for example, when a heavy crane is mounted immediately behind the cab. The new 10-tonne front axle features parabolic suspension with three-leaf springs minimising the risk of overloading with diminishing loads. The new 10-tonne front axle will be available for configurations of the CF and XF which feature a single front axle and are powered by the PACCAR MX-11 or MX-13 engines. 

New – 7.5-tonne trailing non-steered axle with single wheels:
DAF Trucks is also introducing a brand new 7.5-tonne trailing axle with single wheels. It features a newly designed die cast axle housing, which boasts even greater rigidity and is even more robust than its predecessor, while its weight has been reduced by 10kg. The static load capacity has been increased by no less than 25% to 26-tonnes – an important consideration if the load rests briefly on the rearmost axle during loading and unloading of, for instance, a roll-on-off container. 

Within construction transport, the new 7.5-tonne trailing axle is ideal for use on payload sensitive work and in less arduous applications, such as for container delivery systems and for transporting building materials, where the truck is equipped with a rear-mounted crane. The new trailing axle is also used on FTR tractor unit variant of the CF and XF – a configuration ideally suited to, for example, low-loader work above 44-tonnes.