Positioned as a leading manufacturer of off-road earth moving machinery for over thirty years, Bell Equipment has announced the UK release of its acclaimed B20E 6×6 ADT, a highly durable twenty-tonne articulated truck designed for ease of operation and high production results.
The Tier-4 truck provides plant hire companies with the opportunity to bring a compact, high-spec ADT to their fleets, while also enabling existing Bell operators to standardise their taskforces and offer a full range of machines, from 20 to 60 tonne, from one manufacturer. As with all E-series machines, the B20E benefits from the safety, performance and up-to-date Bell Fleetm@tic® on-board data technologies, as well as uncompromised support and maintenance services.
“The 20-tonne market is renowned for being niche in the UK,” says Richard Higgott, Sales Manager at Bell Equipment, “therefore customers have comparatively little choice when it comes to purchasing a smaller, yet highly powerful vehicle.
Although smaller, the B20E offers a very similar power-to-weight ratio to other Bell ADTs, providing the optimum balance between performance and fuel consumption. The B20E can produce the same power-to-weight ratio of the Bell B30E (5.11 kW/tonne), and is fitted with wet brakes to offer sealed protection against deep mud. Customers can also alternate between standard 20.5R25 earthmoving tyres or low profile, extra wide 800/45 R30.5 tyres; designed to offer significantly reduced ground pressure and market-leading flotation in excessively muddy or soft sandy underfoot conditions.
One of the machines brought to the UK has been set-to-task preparing foundations for a turbine instalment within a Scottish windfarm, where the peaty ground conditions are too soft for larger machines to effectively manoeuvre.
“To date, there’s been a limited number of vehicles available to housebuilders in the UK, capable of offering the specification of the B20E,” says Richard Higgott. “It’s an agile machine, that brings in a rated payload of 18 tonnes. It also measures less than three metres, which is a significant feature, enabling it to be transported using a low loader or road driver without the need for a movement order.”
“The B20Es ‘accessible’ dimensions make it a more appropriate vehicle than a 25-ton or 30-ton truck in close working environments.”
The B20E boasts an impressive turning circle of 3.7m, with 800 wide tyres, and ground pressure as low as 95kPa. The load over height of 2.5m also allows the ADT’s bin to be filled using various loading tools.
Having already sold all the B20Es planned for UK sale during 2017, Higgott is confident that demand for the latest Bell addition will be strong. Owing to the initial sales success, Bell has plans to increase production quantities towards the end of the year, so is continuing to take new orders.