The new Ardco articulating multi-purpose trucks (AMT) feature a modular back-end platform that allows the vehicle to be customized to suit any work environment.
Powered by a 250-hp Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 Final diesel engine, the AMT 600 model features selectable 4- or 6-wheel-drive and offers a maximum payload of 45,000 lbs. The AMT 400 model has a 200-hp Cummins Tier 4 engine, offers 2- or 4-wheel-drive, and provides a max payload of 28,000 lbs. for hauling fuel, water, dirt and more. Top travel speed for each unit is 37 km/h.
The AMT is designed to accept a wide array of standard and customizable attachments. Available configurations include: a bare chassis, flatbed, water tank, fuel tank, dump bed, service and lube station, utility bed, personnel carrier, pipe trailer and drill.
Multiple tire choices – including tractor, construction, terra or sand – help further configure the machine to various work conditions in construction, oil and gas, railroad, utility, forestry and agriculture. The AMT can navigate difficult terrain and work in any environment, the company claims.
The vehicle features a two-person, fully enclosed, all-weather ROPS cab that is sound rated to 68 dB. An upgraded 7-in. display is incorporated in the steering column, and features digital gauges with onboard diagnostics, digital manual access and an optional backup camera. A streamlined front-end angle offers the driver panoramic visibility to enhance safety.
Ardco AMT’s high-strength pivot
For off-road travel, the AMT includes a high-strength centre pivot trunnion with approximately 20 degrees of oscillation, which allows all the tires to maintain ground contact and traction while travelling on rough terrain. Dual hydraulic cylinders provide 37 degrees of steering each way, allowing manoeuverability, as well as added traction. The articulating motion allows the tires to slide left or right in wet and muddy terrain to gain traction instead of spinning in one place and digging a rut.
Both models include a Dana 6-speed powershift transmission with twist grip shifter. The AMT 600 features AxleTech rigid planetary axles with driver controlled differential lock, while the AMT 400 has Dana rigid planetary axles with automatic limited slip differentials, front and rear.
Optional accessories for the AMTs include a hydraulically operated front push blade, front-mounted hydraulic winch, heavy-duty front bumper/brush guard and auxiliary hydraulics.