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Truck of the Month – October

October – Sany SDCY1007k (The Stable one)

To celebrate 21 years of our involvement in the UK heavy lift market, we are running “Truck of the Month” a series of 12 features spread over 12 months with 12 machines that have shaped our history, our present and that also represent our future.  As we enter Autumn and the final three machines in our series, we showcase the most stable dedicated empty container handler (ECH) of them all.

October – Sany SDCY1007k (The Stable one)

From 50m out, the Sany SDCY 100 looks like any other ECH in its class. The drive-line too is unremarkable in that it is little different to anything else on the market. After all, the Volvo TAD 871 engine, Dana TE17 transmission, Kessler D81 drive axle and Elme 568 side-spreader are the same essential components in competitors’ ECH give or take. To see where the SDCY is different, you would need to look in two places – the data sheet and the operator’s cab.

As the data sheet will demonstrate, the SDCY will confirm all of the above component and drive-line similarities, moreover, it will demonstrate how strong and stable the Sany unit is. At a time when manufacturers are taking material out to save in manufacturing cost, Sany buck that trend with the most durable chassis and mast on the market. Whilst this is consistent throughout the Sany range, nowhere is it appreciated more than the extreme demands of the ECH market with 40 and 45’ containers weighing 10 tonnes being stacked over 20 metres high and, most usually, over rough, made-up ground bringing huge torsional stresses to both the mast and chassis.

Like any counterbalanced machinery, the load moment of the machine must exceed the load moment of the load. Typically, the machine needs to be at least 30% greater to overcome dynamic forces but, because of the environment which includes wind buffeting the container in EC handling, it is often so much more. To put this into perspective, the Sany on a single stacker has 11.5 tonnes over the steer axle, compared to the lightest at 6.58 tonnes – this is over 70% extra steer-axle weight. In terms of a stability factor, this equates to over 50% more stability than the lightest and the next-nearest one to the Sany was just 18% more stable than the lightest – these are not small differences! Double stackers fair similarly with the Sany being the most stable by 31.2% over the least stable with its nearest rival being 22% more stable than the lightest.

It is little wonder, the oldest Sany SDCY has hit 55,000 operating hours and is still working!

Within the cab, the operator will not only feel this stability differences but the array of equipment at his fingertips. From its standard full suspended air seat to the Android entertainment system or 360 degree cameras, it is little wonder why the Sany SDCY has very quickly become ‘best in class’ in this highly specialised sector of the heavy truck market

Sany SDCY1007K – The Stable One.

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