Tree & easy
Truck & Driver|September 2020
Tree & easy
Not too long ago, logging trucks tended to be simple and basic. Not any more! We travel to Wales to check out these top-spec timber haulers
Bob Beech

Manufacturer: Daf Trucks Ltd Haddenham HP17 8LJ

Model CF 530 FAT 6x4 rigid/drawbar, with Day/Space Cab (see text), fitted with timber crane and three-axle drawbar trailer

Chassis: 5000mm (dependent upon cab type). High ground clearance construction chassis. 26000kg GVW/44000kg GCW (Can be up to 78000kgs in certain applications)

Straight beam front axle, steel front suspension 9000kg, 385/65R22.5 tyres. Heavy duty two spring steel rear suspension, 19000kg. With HR1670 hub reduction drive axles with cross and inter-axle diff locks. 4.10.1 ratios, 295/80 R22.5 tyres, optional aluminium wheels, upright exhaust (with day cab). 400-litre. aluminium fuel tank, 45-litre plastic AdBlue tank

Engine: Daf MX-13. Euro 6d, 12.9-litre in-line six cylinder, with variable geometry turbocharger and common rail fuel system. Emissions controlled by cooled EGR, DPF and SCR catalyst. Exhaust brake and MX engine brake

Max power: 530hp @ 1675rpm

Max torque: 2600Nm @ 1000-1460rpm (in top two gears with overdrive gearbox/2500Nm in all other gears)

Gearbox: ZF TraXon 12-speed constant mesh, automated with manual override. Overdrive top gear. Auto/Eco, Auto non-Eco mode and Manual/Off road modes. Eco-roll function. Optional integral retarder

Brakes: EBS controlled, air operated, with discs on front and drums on rear axles. Hill hold, ABS and ASR. Safety systems include Lane departure, AEBS, adaptive cruise with distance control. Smart cruise with GPS control

Cab: CF Day cab, four-point coil spring suspension, steel bumper with towing point, external sun visor. Top mounted light bar. Interior: Luxury leather trim, automatic temperature control, manual roof hatch, driver information system with sat nav, electric windows, electric mirrors, additional driving lamps. (Space Cab: High-roof sleeper with single bunk, overhead and under bunk storage, external storage locker, optional roofmounted skylights

Additional Equipment/Bodywork: Epsilon M120L timber crane with grab, elevating cab with heating system. Metsatek aluminium subframe/bolsters, work lights. Underslung drawbar hitch with fold-up underrun. Dennison three-axle drawbar trailer with timber bolsters. Bigfoot CTI tyre inflation system

Operator Les Hughes and Son Ltd, Abermule, Powys. Supplied by Greenhouse Daf Ltd, Shrewsbury

Manufacturer: Scania (Great Britain) Ltd, Milton Keynes, MK15 8BA

Model: R500 XT 6x4 HZ rigid with R type sleeper cab, timber crane and three-axle drawbar trailer

Chassis: 5000mm wheelbase, XT configuration with increased ground clearance. (FUPS underrun protection). GVW 26000kg/GCW 44000kg. Straight beam front axle with steel suspension 9000kg, 385/65 R22.5 tyres. Two spring steel rear suspension 19000kg, 295/80R 22.5 tyres. Scania RB662/RB660 single reduction, tandem drive axles with cross and inter-axle diff locks, 3.70.1 ratios. Optional aluminium wheels, 400-litre aluminium fuel tank, 65-litre plastic AdBlue tank, upright exhaust tailpipe

Engine: Scania DC13-155. Euro 6d, 12.74-litre in-line six cylinder, with fixed geometry turbocharger and XPI fuel injection system. Emissions controlled by SCR only via catalyst exhaust and particulate trap. Uprated Scania exhaust brake

Max power: 500hp @1900rpm

Max torque: 2550Nm@ 1000-1300rpm

Gearbox: Scania Opticruise GRS905, automated with manual override, optional clutch on-demand pedal for use if required. 14-speed synchromesh (12 main gears and two crawlers). Integral layshaft brake. Optional integral retarder

Brakes: EBS controlled, air operated disc brakes. Hill hold, ABS and ASR. Safety systems include lane departure, AEBS, adaptive cruise with distance control. Smart cruise with GPS control

Cab: CR type standard height sleeper cab, with fourpoint air suspension. Heavy duty XT bumper with towing point, roof rails, air horns, sun visor, twin storage lockers. Additional driving lamps, top mounted light bar. Interior: Single bunk layout, air-suspended driver’s seat and fold-up type passenger seat with leather trim. Automatic climate control, night heater, fridge. Scania Communicator C300 with 7in screen, functions include radio, sat/nav. Telephone etc, driver performance monitoring

Additional equipment/bodywork: Epsilon M110L timber crane with grab, top seat controls. Metsatek aluminium sub-frame and timber bolsters, work lights. Underslung drawbar coupling with fold-up underrun. Dennison three-axle drawbar trailer with timber bolsters. Bigfoot CTI central tyre inflation system

Operator: Les Hughes and Son Ltd, Abermule, Powys. Supplied by West Pennine Trucks Ltd, Oswestry

Driver opinion: Tom Clarke Daf CF 530

“I have driven one of the Daf CF 530 6x4 rigids we have in the fleet for the last 18 months and to be honest I really like it. Mine has the high roof Space Cab sleeper, although we work out of the local forests in mid-Wales a lot of the time. We also deliver into timber mills and other processing plants throughout the UK and load out of many other parts of the country, hence we have quite a lot of nights away from home.

I wasn’t able to get my truck washed in time for the photographs! They get pretty mucky in the forests, we do a lot of miles off-road and I was late back last night.

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