Terex Advance eyes urban terrain in shorter, lighter Charger front series

Sources: Terex Advance, Fort Wayne, Ind.; CP staff

Terex Advance bills the Charger front discharge mixer as its first true city-class truck designed and built specifically for delivering concrete in urban areas. Premiering in a three-axle version at World of Concrete 2018, the lighter, shorter model offers the tight turning radius characteristics of traditional Terex Advance front discharge mixers, and is priced competitively with conventional rear discharge trucks.

“Some producers have a front discharge fleet for rural and off-road deliveries and rear discharge fleet for city deliveries. We conducted extensive voice of customer interviews and found that there were some elements of our traditional design that weren’t required for and, in some cases, hindered delivering concrete in urban environments,” says Terex Advance Director of Customer Engagement Mark Aubry.

“We approached the Charger truck design differently,” adds Director of Engineering David Grabner. “We looked at the truck as a mobile mixer platform and designed it to optimize specific targets such as height, wheelbase and payload.”

The Charger series addresses producer expectations tied to competing with rear discharge trucks for city deliveries. The new truck’s 12.4-in. charge height is more than 12 inches lower than traditional Terex Advance fronts. Total weight for the series has been reduced through design improvements and such key specs as the Cummins L9 engine, rated at 260-380 hp, and Allison automatic transmission. A drum capable of full 10-yd. payload is configured with a one-third, two-third weight distribution from the front to rear axles to offer responsive driving performance.