CONSTRUCTION: Baseline Takes A Shine To MAN
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BLACKHEATH-based Baseline Civil Contractors has taken a shine to the trucks that MAN offers. Baseline currently deploys a fleet of 28 trucks to assist in its many projects, including general earthworks, Eskom substation construction, infrastructure development for townships, road rehabilitation, new road building and concrete structures. Most of these take place in the Western Cape.
The Baseline fleet comprises half a dozen truck brands used in diverse applications including tippers, mixers, water tankers and crane carriers, as well as abnormal-load trucks to ferry heavy earthmoving equipment to and from site.
“Following the Soccer World Cup in 2010, we’ve seen a marked decline in infrastructure development by government in the Western Cape and a sharp increase in contracts to resurface and the rehabilitation of roads,” says Johan van Deventer, director, Baseline Civil Contractors.
“To service these road projects meant procuring more tipper trucks and MAN came out tops on four new MAN CLA tippers. We have subsequently added another CLA tipper and two CLA flat-decks to the fleet and it’s our intention to standardise our tipper fleet with MAN derivatives,” says van Deventer.
The Baseline tippers from MAN include four 6x4 10 cubic metre CLA 26.280 BB models and one six cubic-metre 6x4 26.280 BB derivative. The two flat-decks are 4x2 MAN CLA 15.220 BB freight carriers.
Apart from general construction, earthworks and supply of aggregates for road resurfacing, the tippers are equipped with rear-mounted hooks enabling them to work with chip-spreaders in road resurfacing projects. This procedure improves road repair turnaround times and cost efficiencies.
Baseline’s two long-wheelbase MAN CLA freight-carriers transport custom-built water tanks that can be removed from the truck and stationed onsite with minimal man-power.
The 280Hp MAN CLA 26.280 BB tipper is becoming the de-facto ‘value-driven’ derivative in the construction market due to its rugged build-quality, high ground clearance and excellent fuel consumption, assisted by a driver-friendly nine-speed synchromesh gearbox with a crawler gear, power steering and an engine valve brake for greater braking efficiency, according to van Deventer.
Generating 1100Nm of torque between 1300-1700rpm, the CLA 26.280 is equipped with hub-reduction axles with diff-locks and is fitted with axle stabilizers, delivering optimum tractive force in difficult terrain and muddy off-road conditions.
The 4x2 CLA 15.220 flat-deck (freight-carrier) has a load-body length of 7.285m and a body payload capacity of 10.1 tons or approximately 8 000 litres of water for Baseline’s construction purposes.
The six-cylinder, 6.8-litre CLA 15.220 has hypoid axles and steel suspension with a coil-mounted day-cab. The 220Hp motor delivers 800Nm of torque between 1300-1500rpm and is equipped with a six-speed synchromesh gearbox, an engine valve brake and ABS foundation brakes.
With the Baseline fleet brimming with Asian trucks, the MAN CLA aims to set it a notch above these rivals.
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