With certain vehicles, special measures need to be taken in order to make sure that they’re able to properly do their job. Whether we’re talking about some sort of muscle car that needs stronger axles in order to make sure that not too many parts are going to need to be replaced after a stern beating or perhaps a heavy duty vehicle that needs a stiffer suspension to make sure that it can hold up the entire load that it’s designed to haul, these special measures are seen in pretty much every vehicle that you come across no matter what its function.
This time, we catch up with some pretty cool special equipment, if we do say so ourselves, as we run into a truck that’s designed for mining that essentially has for independent steering axles that allow this thing to articulate in all sorts of tight spaces. As it turns out, no pun intended, I guess that even with a machine this big, it has to get around some pretty intricate areas and therefore, something like this could really come in handy.
Via ETF Mining Equipment “[We] developed a unique steering system. All wheels are steered at low to medium speeds reducing tire wear, while at higher speeds the last two axle lines gradually change to nearly rigid resulting in better stability. ETF trucks are equipped with a special speed-proportional steering system. At very low speeds, such as when spotting the loader, the system requires only two turns from lock to lock. The whole system works automatically without interference from the operator”
If you follow along down in the video below, you’ll catch up with a rendering of exactly how the steering works and allows you to get up close and personal with one of these mining trucks to see what you can expect out of such a monster of a vehicle. Being able to see this kind of engineering in action is a really special treat because it isn’t every day that you get to see that many parts working together in unison in such a big way.