Mercedes Benz Actros SLT Heavy Duty Tractor Unit for TSB Transport
Heavy duty tractor units like the Mercedes Benz Actros SLT are often involved when oversize, heavy duty components or machinery are
Heavy duty tractor units like the Mercedes Benz Actros SLT are often involved when oversize, heavy duty components or machinery are transported. The Actros SLT is now celebrating a milestone: the 500th Mercedes Benz SLT towing vehicle based on the current Actros has been handed over to TSB Transport Service Beitinger in Swabia's Gundelfingen. This particular heavy duty tractor unit is a Mercedes-Benz Actros 4163 LS SLT. It is driven by the most powerful Mercedes-Benz Truck engine: the six cylinders in line OM 473 engine with 15.6 l displacement. It has an output of 625 hp 460 kW with a torque of 3000 Nm. In order to be able to take to the road with transport loads of up to 250 tonnes, the G 280 transmission is equipped with a fluid coupling. The turbocharged decompression engine brake on the OM 473 is of outstanding importance in the heavy duty transport sector. The engine brake achieves an output of up to 646 hp 475 kW. The wear-free braking power is 980 hp 720 kW in conjunction with the fluid coupling primary retarder.
Heavy duty transportation usually involves driving at night with a break during the day. That is why the 500th SLT is optimally equipped with a GigaSpace L-cab with a level floor. It has a photovoltaic system on its roof. This offsets the current power consumption of the electrical consumers such as the air conditioning system when the vehicle is stationary without the engine needing to be switched on. That saves fuel, causing less pollution thanks to reduced CO² emissions.
The Mercedes-Benz heavy haulage truck is an extremely robust high tech heavy duty tractor unit. The four-axle versions, like this particular customer vehicle, are the core of the SLT offering. In this configuration, the technically permissible gross mass is almost 44 tonnes. The permissible gross combination mass is 250 tonnes.
The SLT is equipped with a triple rear axle package which includes the steerable leading axle and the two drive axles. The steel-sprung front axle is available with a load capacity of either 8 tonnes or 9 tonnes. The air-sprung leading axle has a load capacity of up to 8 tonnes and is steered electrohydraulically. The two rear axles on the Actros SLT have a load capacity of 13.4 tonnes and are equipped as standard with the 4 bellows air suspension familiar from the Actros. The rear cooling tower boasts robust special heavy duty technology: The system combines the cooling of the engine and fluid coupling in one single water circuit. The engine cooling system on the SLT is complemented by an additional coolant radiator plus a hydraulically driven fan. This increases the cooling output and in turns the performance of the SLT. And thanks to the common circuit the radiator is used in braking mode.
The core competences of Transport-Service Beitinger are the transportation of oversize and heavy duty goods as well as full loads of façades and other sensitive goods which require correct and careful handling. With a diverse portfolio of vehicles in its fleet including towing vehicles and specialised semitrailers, TSB Transport-Service Beitinger is in a position to transport goods in a huge range of weights and sizes.