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Three RA40 articulated haulers are moving thousands of tonnes of material a day for a large sand and gravel producer east of Edmonton, Alberta, with increased productivity and reduced fuel consumption being highlighted since the trucks’ arrival on site.
Camrose-based FT Aggregates, in Alberta, produces around 1 million t/y of sand and gravel – the equivalent weight of 8 CN Towers or 1.6 million moose. Each of the company’s trucks moves over 100 loads and 5,000 plus tonnes of material to crushers and screeners every day.
An expansive sand and gravel production operation across Alberta led to FT Aggregates increasing their equipment fleet in late 2022. Consultation with independent heavy equipment dealer Headwater Equipment saw the purchase of 3 Rokbak ADTs.
The 3 RA40s arrived on site at Pit 23, south of Camrose, in spring 2023 and were immediately put into production. Their 38 t all-welded body is fabricated from high hardness 1,000 Mpa yield strength steel. A dual slope tailchute eases the material ejection.
“First of all, we love the color and design of the Rokbak dump trucks,” said FT Aggregates president Shane Smith. “Since the RA40s came onto site, the operator response has been nothing but glowing.”
“There’s obviously the fuel efficiency aspect of the trucks which is very much appreciated and is saving us money, but the auto-lube system has also been praised along with the visibility and the comfort of the cab, and, as we know, a smooth ride equates to higher productivity,” he added. “Together with the after-sales support we have received, when the time comes for us to increase our hauler fleet, Rokbak will certainly be at the top of the list.”
The fully automatic transmission provides smooth, efficient gear shifting allowing reduced fuel consumption and increased operator comfort – even under the most challenging conditions.
Other key performance features of the RA40 include great traction and an effective power-to-weight ratio, which ensures material is moved as quickly as possible in all conditions. With this functionality, customers can achieve maximum productivity at a minimal cost. Rokbak’s fuel-efficient drivetrain delivers powerful performance and meets worldwide emission standards with low cost of operation and low environmental impact.
Reducing operational costs even further, as well as enhancing safety, are the force-cooled multi-disc brakes. Supported by an electronically activated exhaust brake and a 6-stage modulating transmission retarder, the RA40 benefits from longer brake component lifecycles. The RA40s auto-lube system ensures everything is greased at the right times, saving operation time and providing safe maintenance.
FT Aggregates has 6 pits in operation across the province of Alberta. Most material produced is sold in and around Edmonton.
The company does all its own crushing and screening, with 18 employees at Pit 23 for year-round operation. It became operational in spring 2014 and FT Aggregates has resources at the pit to last another 10 to 15 years. That means the trucks could be expected to haul approximately 7.8 million loads and 39 million t of overburden.
The RA40s were purchased from Headwater Equipment with extended warranty and a full maintenance package that covers the units for the first 6,500 h of operation. Headwater Equipment is the authorized Rokbak articulated hauler dealer for the province of Alberta and has been providing FT Aggregates with heavy construction equipment via direct sales, rentals, service and parts since 2020.
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