Bell Selects Allison Transmissions for ADTs

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. announced a partnership with South Africa’s Bell Equipment. In addition to utilizing the Allison 4800 ORS in its 60- ton articulated dump truck (ADT), Allison introduced the 3400ORS transmission for the Bell B30E ADT.

Additionally, the South African manufacturer recently announced the extension of Allison Transmission as its exclusive transmission supplier for the next five years.

Bell Equipment’s partnership with Allison dates back to the 1970s when the company began using Allison transmissions in its haulage tractors. The company has now chosen to standardize Allison Transmission’s products across its full portfolio of ADTs and haulage tractors.

Based on the 3000 Series platform, the 3400ORS is used in Bell’s 30-ton heavy-duty truck. This transmission is equipped with the xFE (extra fuel economy) gear ratio set and designed to deliver more torque converter lock-up operation and spend more time in higher ranges at lower engine speeds, producing fuel savings.

ADTs that utilize Allison transmissions will accelerate faster and operate at higher average speeds, Allison said allowing the trucks to make more runs per day. Higher horsepower and a torque converter with Continuous Power Technology provide increased performance and vehicle control. Allison said the Bell vehicles also feature DynActive shifting capability to further optimize fuel economy by adjusting the shift point based on the vehicle weight and road grade.

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