DAF tells us that it is launching CF and XF 6×2 tractor units with a rear steering axle. These are specially designed for applications requiring high payload and maximum manoeuvrability.
The three-axle FTN CF and XF tractor units have a 7.5 tonne steered trailing rear axle with single tyres mounted behind the 11.5 tonne drive axle This makes the new FTN configuration ideal for tasks where there is relatively little room to manoeuvre and when the lifting rearmost axle can’t be lifted due to a high pin load. This is typical when a crane is mounted behind the cab. The CF and XF tractor units with rear steering axle will therefore frequently be used for transporting construction materials and machinery.
Not only does the use of a steered rearmost axle improve manoeuvrability, it also reduces tyre scrub during those tight manoeuvres, thus improving mobility on slippery surfaces; making the FTN particularly well suited to farm and building site deliveries.
DAF offers the new three-axle tractors as CF and XF with choice between the efficient 10.8 litre PACCAR MX-11 and 12.9 litre PACCAR MX-13 engines, with ratings of 291 kW/396 hp to 375 kW/510 hp. In the context of DAF Transport Efficiency, important enhancements have been made to these engines and, in combination with innovative technologies such as Predictive Cruise Control with Predictive Shifting and Eco Mode, fuel savings of at least 5% are achievable.
The CF tractor unit with a rear steering axle is available with the Day Cab, Sleeper Cab and Space Cab; the XF is available with the Space Cab and Super Space Cab. All models are available now.