The new Advance Charger front discharge mixer truck series by Terex is designed and built specifically for delivering concrete in urban areas. The models were unveiled at the 2018 World of Concrete event being held in Las Vegas.
The new Charger truck is lighter, shorter, and offers the same tight turning radius characteristics of traditional Terex Advance front discharge mixers to meet the expectations of concrete producers delivering concrete in densely populated cities.
“Some producers have a front discharge fleet for rural and off-road deliveries and rear discharge fleet for city deliveries. We conducted extensive voice of customer interviews and found that there were some design elements of our traditional design that weren’t required for and, in some cases, hindered delivering concrete in urban environments.”
- Mark Aubry, director of customer engagement at Terex Advance
The series aims to compete with rear discharge trucks for city deliveries by offering lower charge height, more compact wheel base, lower weight and competitive cost. Concrete charge height for the new Charger trucks has been lowered by more than 12 in (304.8 mm) compared to traditional Terex Advance front discharge mixer trucks.
Total truck weight for the new Terex Advance Charger series has been reduced through component selection and design improvements. Charger trucks keep the purpose-built front discharge chassis and the Allison automatic transmission, programmed specifically for the truck’s power unit.
“However, we made some adjustments to the frame and engine selection to maximize truck payload,” says David Grabner, director of engineering for Terex Advance. “Throughout our new product development process, we were able to substantially lower the three-axle Charger truck weight when compared to our traditional three-axle mixer. This allows us to have a payload of up to 10 yd3 (7.6 m3) in a city-class front discharge mixer.”
The new Terex Advance Charger trucks also feature a redesigned 10 yd3 (7.6 m3) mixer drum that saves weight compared to traditional front drum designs.
Drum configuration on the truck offers a one-third, two-third weight distribution – both empty and fully loaded – from the front to rear axles to offer responsive driving performance. They also feature the Terex-exclusive Total Control System, which combines on-site truck travel and all mixer drum functions into a single joystick control for more accurate and efficient concrete load placement at the jobsite.
The new Terex Advance Charger series expands the company’s front discharge mixer truck offering. The traditional FD and FDB series of Terex Advance front discharge mixers will still be offered to the company’s ready mix producer customers.