Terberg Container Carrier ideal for heavy containers in crowded yards
TAGS: Terberg Container Carrier, waste and scrap processing yards
The design was inspired 25 years ago by a meeting with a waste recycling business in Amsterdam. This company was handling 20 to 25 tonne open top containers with conventional road trucks. As these trucks are designed for public highways they were limited to an axle load of around 10 tonnes. The combined weight of the truck, lift system, container and load is easily 40 tonnes. Hence, the trucks had four axles. These highway trucks gave drivers only a limited view of the area around their vehicles, often leading to collision damage when operating in crowded yards and were relatively expensive to operate.
Read about Container Carrier customers in the Terberg magazine
However, our two-axle terminal tractors are not restricted by highway regulations and are optimised for low speed operations. This means they can have a rear axle with a capacity of 38 tonnes (at 20 km/h) and they also benefit from a very strong chassis, a driver's cab with a good view in all directions and an automatic transmission. This results in the following advantages: the good view greatly reduces the risk of damage, two axles are cheaper to maintain than four, there are no tandem tyres which suffer from friction, and wear of the suspension system is greatly reduced due to lower tyre friction.
5 advantages of Container Carriers (compared to highway trucks)
1. Rear axle with a capacity of 38 tonnes (at 20 km/h)
2. Great reduction of risk of damage due to the excellent surround view
3. Two axles are cheaper to maintain than four
4. There are no tandem tyres which suffer from friction
5. Wear of the suspension system is greatly reduced due to lower tyre friction
This made our Yard Tractor (YT) design a perfect platform for the development of a dedicated Container Carrier (CC). The main differences are that the CC does not have a fifth wheel, has a longer and higher chassis, a PTO for the container lift system and, in some cases, a stronger front axle. The main challenges in the development of the CC were to determine the optimum wheelbase and rear overhang of the chassis. If the wheelbase is too short the front axle will lift off the ground when picking up a container. If it is too long the front axle will be overloaded. However, we now have over 25 years of experience designing CCs for demanding customers so we can get the design details right every time. The resulting vehicles are very robust and agile, and the perfect tool for handling heavy containers in crowded yards. Of course, four-axle vehicles are still needed when containers are transported on the public highway.
- YT Yard Tractor
- TT Terminal Tractor with a swivelling seat