GAP Group, the UK’s leading independent hire company, has taken delivery of the first ever Terex™ TA9P site dumper featuring state-of-the-art Powershift transmission, Autoshift technology and a bespoke branded livery.
Already operational at the Ibstock Brick construction site in Leicestershire, via civil engineering expert Oakfield Construction, the nine-tonne unit has been specifically designed to improve operator productivity. A family-owned business with more than 25 years’ industry experience, Oakfield undertakes a wide variety of construction projects nationwide and prides itself on quality, diversity and setting the standards for on-site safety.
Providing effortless gear changes via a dash-mounted lever, the addition of the Powershift transmission enables operators to quickly select the best gear for the required application. Paired with Autoshift technology, a market-first solution developed in-house by the Terex engineering team, these high-tech engine technologies improve cycle times and optimise unit performance.
Many automatic solutions use engine speed to trigger gear change points. Autoshift, however, uses torque demand to guide changes. In challenging and demanding conditions – such as steep gradients and high payloads – Autoshift technology enables the transmission to hold lower gears for longer, providing torque, power and drive when it’s needed most. When the machine is unladen, the system allows gears to be changed quickly, again improving operator efficiency productivity and fuel efficiency.
The market-leading unit also features Stop Start Control, which automatically starts and stops the engine in predetermined conditions. Compliant with ISO13849 functional safety, the innovative technology means that site managers will no longer have to worry about equipment being left running when materials are being loaded. Additionally, service intervals will be extended from the reduction in running hours.
Ben Longmar, Equipment Operator at Oakfield Construction, commented: “After running the TA9P for the past working week, I’m impressed with the modern features and technology. Powershift transmission and Autoshift technology make gear changes really smooth, while Stop Start Control prevents the machine from being left idle.
“Whether empty or fully-laden, the engine is powerful enough to get up hills quickly which helps move materials around faster on-site. It’s intuitive to use, comfortable and drives really well. Overall, it’s a great piece of kit!”
To ensure the highest levels of on-site safety, the nine-tonne unit has also been fitted with a green LED beacon. Directly connected to the ignition, the engine will not start unless the operator has engaged the seatbelt.
Ken Stewart, Group Procurement Manager at GAP, added: “We continue to enjoy a longstanding relationship with Terex, thanks to the company’s equipment quality and attention to detail.
“Cost of ownership and overall value for money is hugely important for us, which is why embracing the latest on-site technologies and product innovations is so significant.
“Taking delivery of the first ever Terex TA9P site dumper featuring state-of-the-art Powershift transmission is testament to our ongoing relationship, and it’s great to hear such positive feedback from operators already working on site.”
Gregg Horne, General Manager of Terex Construction’s Coventry Facility, concluded: “After months of research and development work on our unique Autoshift software, seeing our latest equipment operational on site is a proud moment for the entire team. We’re glad the updates are proving popular – demonstrating our equipment’s real-world suitability for the construction industry.”