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Old 19th February 2011, 22:59   #451
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After bharat benz, it seems bharat volvo! One of the Volvo customer in Kerala, got his new Leyland tractor built a look like Volvo!
That AL looks huge compared to the Volvo! Why is that?
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spotted this TATA PRIMA truck today near Barshi on SH77 going towards NH211 .
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Old 21st February 2011, 07:55   #453
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Surprised to see a Prima 4928S already getting used as a puller, with just 280hp and about a 1000nm of torque. I didnt expect to see these till atleast 1500+nm torque models were available.

Guess the lower prices still make them good enough buys.
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Surprised to see a Prima 4928S already getting used as a puller, with just 280hp and about a 1000nm of torque. I didnt expect to see these till atleast 1500+nm torque models were available.
There are even 210HP ALs and 230 HP TMLs been used as pullers.
This should be no surprise!
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Just for info, a peek into mahindra navistar trucks...The trucks are really amazing and are doing quite well since they started being sold in Nov....Giving the TATA s and Leylands a run for their money I would say...
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Spotted this massive Volvo FM400 Puller on Mumbai - Ahmedabad highway. Nice color too!

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And guess what they have done all of the engineering in House with support from Navistar . Many months ago CV Magazine (commercial Vehicle) ran a cover feature story on the Engineering of the Navistar trucks.
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Took this foto last week. Crazy!
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Ashley - what exactly is the "turbo ...." logo on extreme right of the pic mean? (Sale line as "volvo" thing). Is that another joke?
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Just for info, a peek into mahindra navistar trucks...The trucks are really amazing and are doing quite well since they started being sold in Nov....Giving the TATA s and Leylands a run for their money I would say...
Who designed the front end of these vehicles? Why can't they hire someone who knows how to do his job?
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Kamaz trucks spotted in Kochi.
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^^^
Since the front 2 axles are steerable, does it not cause too much of problem while turning as the wheelbase between the 2nd and the third axle is very less (almost the same as a Nano)
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I've seen many terms regarding the cabins on offer across different models from all manufacturers:

Suspended
Fully suspended
Tiltable
Tiltable with hydraulic assist
Floating
Day cab/Night cab

What exactly do they mean by these things, and what are the advantages of each of these, for the owner/crew?

(I guess Day cab means the one without provision for a berth/bench for someone to sleep)
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Let me give this a go. I am not sure of all though, but it is to the best of my knowledge.

Suspended Cab: The bac is rigidly mounted at the front from where it tilts, but has some suspension at the rear so as to provide a bit of comfort. Either a single set of centrally mounted leaf-springs with a pair of shock absorbers, or a set of coil springs with shocks are common. I think the standard newer generation tractors and factury manufactured cabs in /indian trucks use the first method. I am sure about Tata, but not too sure about the others. I think the Tata Primas and ALL U-trucks use coil springs.

Fully-Suspended Cabs: Suspension at both ends.

Tiltable: I think this is self explanatory. Almost all fully forward designs offer a tiltable cab to allow for easy access to the engine and transmisson.

Tiltable with Hydraulic assist: Tilt mechanism is operated by hydraulics, by generally some sort of lever or switch outside the cabin.

Floating Cab: This is I think a cab which is suspended using air suspension. Many a times such cabs have flat floors too. Though not very common, I think Renault have a lot of models with such cabs.

Day/Night Cab: Basically as you said, one with sleeping berth and one without. Some cabs have only one sleeping berth while others have two. Sleeper cabs many a times have a lot of other facilities too, like a small refrigerator, separate AC vents and controls, a DVD player, sometimes with satellite TV receivers, small cupboards etc to enable the driver to pretty much live out of the cab.

All these features basically mean that a driver can use the truck more easily, be more comfortable while doing so. This means he can operate the truck for longer periods of time and more safely.

This is what trucks like the Prima are there for. The idea is even though the truck is a lot more costly, it can do a lot more work. In Europe truck drivers drive for 12-14hours a day covering 500+miles per day, ie 800kms. Our normal trucks cover barely half of that on a good day, while driving in dangerous conditions, having to battle through a lot of physical exhaustion.
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julupani, thank you for that informative post.
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