Known for its snowy winters and warm summers, gothic castles, and long history, the Czech Republic is a natural wonder made up of rolling plains, hills, and mountains. Chief among its ancient territories is Bohemia which is home to the rural community of Zdechovice, where a Terex Trucks TA300 is working hard to move material at a quarry for leading aggregate supplier, Kamenolomy.
Founded in 2005, Kamenolomy is a part of the Strabag SE group and has quickly risen to become one of the most exclusive aggregate producers in the Czech Republic. With ownership of 30 quarries and five sandpits across Moravia and Bohemia, Kamenolomy provides mining, processing, and sales of high-quality crushed aggregates for concrete mixing plants, asphalt pre-coating plants, road construction, engineering structures, railway beddings and water stream canalisation. The company also prides itself on using the very best equipment for its operations and looked no further when Terex Trucks’ official dealer AUSTRO Baumaschinen (ABM) presented the 28-tonne capacity TA300 in response to its tender for an articulated hauler.
“We chose to go with Terex Trucks’ TA300 because in the past we’ve had a good experience with the brand,” says Pavel Houdek, engineer at Kamenolomy. “As a company, it’s important to secure a permanent increase in the scope of production to keep our customers happy, and we knew we could rely on Terex Trucks’ articulated hauler to offer us maximum return on our investment,” adds Houdek.
A good match for the Czech Republic’s continental climate, the TA300’s leading tractive effort and effective power-to-weight ratio ensure material is moved as quickly as possible in all conditions – providing excellent productivity and low cost of operation. Created at the Motherwell factory in Scotland, the articulated dump truck will be in operation 12 hours a day transporting reddish biotite granite around the quarry. With fully independent front suspension as standard, tyre/ground contact is maintained regardless of the terrain, increasing tractive effort and reducing cycle times while also providing operators with a comfortable haul.
Powered by a fuel-efficient five cylinder Scania DC9 engine, which develops gross power of 276 kW (370 hp) and maximum torque of 1,880 Nm, the TA300 works effortlessly onsite alongside Kamenolomy’s rigid hauler – Terex Trucks’ proven TR60. In addition, the transmission retardation system in combination with engine exhaust brake support the fully-enclosed oil-cooled multidisc brakes for enhanced protection of the brakes, resulting in less maintenance and a longer life span for the brakes.
Houdek concludes: “The dump truck is simple to use and its fuel consumption is great but another key aspect of the machine is how well it is supported by ABM. We’ve had a good relationship with the dealer for five years and we’re consistently impressed by the team’s flexibility and willingness to help us out.”