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Builder’s Merchant CRS Adds Four DAF CF 370 FAN Rigid Crane Trucks To Its Fleet

The lifting/steering tag-axle of the DAF CF 370 rigid delivers outstanding manoeuvrability for the builders’ merchant fleet. (Photo courtesy of DAF.)

CRS operates a fleet of 40 trucks out of 12 branches across South West England, the newest of which are four DAF CF 370 FAN rigids. The new 26-tonne, three-axle trucks are equipped with bespoke dropside bodies and carry the latest Palfinger BM26 cranes, all fitted by Palfinger UK. The CF 370 FAN rigids also feature a steer, drive, and lifting rear-steer tag-axle configuration, delivering what CRS Transport Manager Paul Gibbard describes as “outstanding manoeuvrability and payload.”

Upgrade Over The 18-Tonne

CRS already had a few DAF 18-tonne models in its fleet, and upgraded to the 26-tonners to offer its drivers greater operational flexibility. “We have spec’d the 26-tonne trucks to have the same overall chassis-lengths as the 18-tonners, but with our 6.1-meter internal body length we can get greater payload,” explains Gibbard. “On our 18-tonners we get five packs of blocks, and the 26-tonners take nine, no problem.” With the additional hauling capability, CRS can make more drops per run to save time and fuel. The axle configuration also helps with pickups and drop-offs. Gibbard says that “With the drive axle relatively close to the steer, and with the steered tag axle, we find drivers are able to make speedier and more accurate drops in even the tightest of sites.”

Safety Features

Beyond functionality, CRS configured the CF 370s for maximum safety. For instance, CRS had sensored crane slipper pads fitted to the rear of each vehicle, as well as recording camera units all-round, repeat-indicator side markers, Fresnel lenses on near-sides, lifting rear mud flaps (aids in reversing safety in tight sites), and cage sensors. “Safety is very important to us: for our drivers, customers, and other road users,” says Gibbard. “It starts with ensuring complete compliance, and our local dealer, Kingdon Wessex DAF, looks after us very well on service, maintenance, and inspections.”

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Posted On 25 March 2020
Category: Truck and Trailer News
Tags : daf rigid crane trucks
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