Cleary Bros selects Mercedes-Benz Actros

Cleary Bros has introduced its first high productivity A-double Mercedes-Benz Actros

Cleary Bros selects Mercedes-Benz Actros
Cleary Bros went with a 2663 Actros

Port Kembla construction operation Cleary Bros has upgraded a truck and quad dog combination to a 74.5-tonne gross combination mass A-double with a 2663 Actros up front.

Cleary Bros transport general manager Steve Crandell says it is Daimler Trucks’ advanced safety technology that was a key reason the company went with the Actros.

"Safety is paramount in everything that we do, but it becomes even more critical when you are running higher productivity vehicles," he says. 

"We have been really impressed by the active safety features in our Freightliner Cascadia 116 and we know it uses the same technology as the Actros. We are not going to go backwards when it comes to safety."

Actros standard safety systems include the fifth generation radar/camera advanced emergency braking system (AEBS), which can now automatically perform full emergency braking for vehicles and pedestrians, as well as a lane departure warning system and attention assist.

The Cleary Bros safety-first approach extends to the aluminium Tefco trailer set, which features an anti-lock braking system, electronic braking system, roll stability system and anti-burst hydraulics on tipping hoists. When the tailgate opens, the trailer airbags automatically release to drop down and improve the centre of gravity as the vehicle unloads.

The 2663 Actros features a 630hp 16-litre engine that produces a hefty 3,000Nm of torque. It is linked to a fully a 12-speed automated manual transmission with creep mode. 

"The performance of the 16-litre was certainly one of the reasons we chose the Actros," says Crandell.

"We have been impressed by the 13-litre Daimler Truck engine in the Cascadia 116, so we know the strength of the engine family and the 12-speed AMT is also excellent."

Cleary Bros also selected the predictive powertrain control system, which uses topographic map data to help the truck anticipate terrain and select the optimum shift pattern and engine response for maximum fuel economy. It also helps maximise the amount of time the truck spends coasting. 

Cleary Bros looked into introducing an A Double as a way of boosting its productivity on the long runs the truck will cover each week. 

"Our truck and quad-axle dogs have a payload of about 38-tonnes, but with this A Double Actros we are getting an additional 14 tonnes on every trip," Crandell says.

"That kind of productivity gain adds up pretty quickly."

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