DAF launches the Euro 6 LF and CF Construction
Robust, powerful, efficient and developed for maximum durability
DAF is launching the new Euro 6 CF Construction, specially developed for applications in the building and construction industry that require regular off-road driving. The CF Construction features an increased approach angle and high ground clearance for good off-road capabilities and numerous clever details for maximum availability, low operating costs and class-leading ease of use. The sturdy styling elements on the CF Construction also give the new LF Construction an individual appearance.
The first thing that strikes you about the new CF Construction models is their characteristic design. They display strength, thanks to the distinctive black grille with large louvres and the brand new bumper design, made from galvanised steel for maximum robustness. For the same reason, the covers of the attractive headlights are made from unbreakable Lexan and a 3 mm thick steel plate is fitted under the bumper to protect the radiator. This protective plate can withstand loads of up to 4 tonnes and the lower section folds out to provide a practical and wide step.
The bumper on the new DAF CF Construction is available with integrated fog lights and cornering lights, and consists of three separate parts that can be replaced individually to minimise operating costs. The robust bumper is mounted high to create a large 25o approach angle. Combined with a 40 cm ground clearance - thanks in part to the use of ‘straight’ front axles - this provides excellent driving characteristics on unpaved roads.
A high level of driver comfort and maximum ease of use were other key requirements set by DAF when developing its new CF Construction.
A practical step is available as an option on the side of the cab to make it easy for the driver to inspect the load, with a handy bracket on the roof providing an extra hand grip. Wide steps provide easy and safe cab access. Models with the 12.9 litre PACCAR MX-13 engine feature three steps, while models with the 10.8 litre PACCAR MX-11 engine have two as standard. An additional lower step is available as an option on these. It is mounted flexibly to minimise vulnerability.
The CF Construction naturally features the same comfortable seats as the other models in the versatile CF range, as well as the stylish dashboard with integrated Driver Performance Assistant and the new, ergonomically positioned switches. The neatly-designed steering wheel with integrated controls also comes as standard on the new construction vehicles.
The new DAF CF Construction is delivered as a three-axle 6x4 rigid with an 8 or 9-tonne front axle and a 19, 21 or 26-tonne tandem, which makes the vehicle ideal for use in the building sector and timber industry. As a three-axle 6x4 tractor, the CF Construction is exceptionally well suited for special transport applications or for transporting trees or pillars
The 8x4 rigid provides the ideal base for a tipper or concrete mixer. With twin steered 7.5, 8 or 9-tonne front axles, combined with a 19, 21 or 26-tonne tandem, this rigid provides a high design GVW of 32 to 44 tonnes. All models feature DAF’s renowned double-drive eight-rod tandem, which is characterised by its high roll stability and large articulation (270 mm) for high off-road mobility.
Efficient PACCAR engines
Power is supplied by the 12.9 litre PACCAR MX-13 engine with ratings of between 303 kW (410 hp) and 375 kW (510 hp) and the new 10.8 litre PACCAR MX-11 engine with ratings of between 210 kW (290 hp) and 320 kW (440 hp). The average fuel consumption of the PACCAR MX-11 engine is up to 3% lower than the already efficient 12.9 litre PACCAR MX-13 engine, and the weight reduction of over 180 kilograms results in an even higher payload.
An optional AS Tronic automated gearbox is available with a specific setting for off-road use, with gear shifting strategies specially developed for this purpose. This ensures faster shifting of the gearbox with faster operation of the clutch. Obviously, for the CF Construction also a range of PTOs is available. On versions with the PACCAR MX-11 engine – next to the one o’clock position engine PTO – also a light, 11 o'clock position version is available with a torque of 250 Nm.
New chassis: light, strong and superstructure-friendly
The new chassis of the CF Construction models has been developed for maximum stiffness and superior driving characteristics and offers ample room for the positioning of components, such as loading crane supports. The chassis has a Y-frame at the front to create room for the new Euro 6 engines and the large cooling unit for low fuel consumption.
Another new feature is the preparation for mounting a DIN plate, which can be used, for example, to attach a snow plough. All models are available with a vertical exhaust pipe, which, in the 8x4 rigid chassis, even has the SCR unit integrated.
Considerable attention was also paid to facilitating the attachment of superstructures. A good example is the Body Attachment Method (BAM) that can be ordered on the FAD 8x4 chassis and which provides complete preparation for mounting the most common tippers. This involves fitting various brackets on the chassis ex-factory and providing a specific hole pattern.
The CF Construction is delivered as standard with a roof mounted air inlet; a cyclonic air filter is available as an option for dusty environments.
New: LF Construction
DAF is also launching a Construction version of its popular LF. The design of this 19-tonne construction vehicle shares a family resemblance with the larger CF Construction, thanks to the black grille with larger louvres and the distinctive bumper positioned higher to provide an approach angle of over 25o, as well as increased ground clearance (32 cm). Like the CF Construction, the LF Construction features distinctive steps and a 3 mm thick plate under the bumper to protect the radiator.
The LF Construction is available with the 6.7 litre PACCAR PX-7 engine with ratings of between 164 kW (220 hp) and 231 kW (310 hp). Of course, the new LF Construction also boasts the many unique qualities for which the LF is so highly regarded. The DAF LF has the smallest turning radius in its class for maximum manoeuvrability and a low kerb weight to allow highest payload.
DAF will start delivering its new LF Construction and CF Construction from early next year. For applications in which a large approach angle and high ground clearance are of lesser importance, DAF also offers the CF 6x4 and 8x4 models in a version with the attractive exterior design of the standard CF models.