In 2006, Mercedes-Benz introduced a new 8×4 Axor tipper.
Taking its bow at the 2006 CV Show in April, the 8×4 Axor tipper came with a specially designed construction-industry version of the standard day cab. This featured easy-to-clean surfaces and a ruggedised interior that meant the operator could pretty much hose down the cab after a hard day on site.
The Mercedes tipper in 3240K guise also had a 12 litre straight-six 400hp engine, paired with a bullet-proof range change 16-speed manual gearbox.
Big weight loss
Mercedes-Benz had clearly gone to work on the scales when they designed the new 8×4 Axor tipper of 2006, because it weighed in at a full 500kg less than its Actros sibling.
It tipped the scales at a very competitive 9,200kg when unladen, a feat that was achieved in part due to its particularly narrow cab.
Mercedes-Benz also trimmed off the pounds, or kilos, by minimising chassis flitching and getting rid of the front anti-roll bar. They used lighter disc brakes on all axles and used two-leaf suspension at the front and special lightweight batteries to make the 8×4 Axor tipper as nimble as possible.
The 8×4 Axor tipper was a clever way for Mercedes-Benz to complete a two-pronged market strategy in the 32-tonne tipper segment.
Those operators who were looking for a simple, no-nonsense wagon with a heavy-duty chassis mostly opted for the mighty Actros. However, where maximum productivity was the primary driver, operators now had the option of the 8×4 Axor tipper.
The Axor certainly had wide market appeal and sold in large numbers to the construction, demolition, bulk excavation, recycling and ground-works sectors. This was testament to the truck’s all-round abilities, especially in the areas of strength and durability.
Payload is also a factor – depending on the body conversion, the 8×4 Axor tipper could offer payloads of up to 20 tonnes.
Lower servicing costs
The 8×4 Axor tipper also offered a simple approach to engine and brake design, meaning lower servicing costs and better reliability because there is simply less to go wrong.
The disc brakes are screened from the outside world to prevent fouling and damage when the truck is working in tough off-road tracks and on uneven site roads. These are also environments where the impressive ground clearance of the 8×4 Axor tipper can be a real benefit, preventing underbody damage and easing access to work sites.
Fuel consumption on the 8×4 Axor tipper could average in the 8.0mpg to 8.25 mpg bracket, which was not at all bad for a truck in this sector.
The truck also got a good reputation among drivers. There were many comments on the design of the cab, where the primary controls are sited for easy reach.
The air-sprung seat was also well-received and the fold-down table over the centre seat was a nice touch – useful both for eating and completing paperwork.
Air-conditioning was a popular option, and it should be possible to find a good used 8×4 Axor tipper with this feature installed.