Customer case

Zetterbergs new tipper truck body saves 20% weight and lasts 40% longer with Hardox® 500 Tuf

October 28, 2020 6 min read

Case details

Country Sweden
Company Zetterbergs
Industry Trailers and body builders
Brand program Hardox® In My Body

Zetterbergs develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of dump truck bodies, tipper trucks, tipping trailers, swap flatbeds and refuse collection superstructures. The company was founded in Sweden in 1923. Powerful ideas, quality thinking and hard work have transformed Zetterbergs into a leading company in its field.

The latest lightest dumper, offering 650 kg(1,433 lbs.) more payload thanks to Hardox® 500 Tuf

The ZD4 is a fourth-generation dump truck from Zetterbergs with a tipper truck body manufactured using Hardox® 500 Tuf. This new material has allowed for a 20%, or 650 kg (1,433 lb.), reduction in tare weight. The ZD4 features a new, streamlined design in which the base, sides and front wall form a single functional unit for extra high performance.

Robert Löfstedt, marketing manager at Zetterbergs, explains what’s different about Hardox® 500 Tuf. “It’s a hard-wearing material with high load capacity, enabling our customers to transport a bigger load each time. A haulier’s profit depends on how much they can transport. In this way, revenue increases while tipper trucks’ fuel costs go down,” he says.

Tipper truck in Hardox® 500 Tuf with a conical side panel design

Zetterberg’s ZD4 dump truck body with a 6 mm (0.24") bottom plate of Hardox 500 Tuf can hold 650 kg (1433 lbs.) more payload than the previous model with a 7 mm (0.28") bottom plate, with the same or better service life.

Tipper truck in Hardox® 500 Tuf with a conical side panel design

Flatness, thickness and bending performance of Hardox® 500 Tuf are guaranteed, ensuring reliable andpredictable behavior in the workshop. Welding, cutting and machining are performed with all conventionaltechniques.

Dump truck body gets 40% longer service life

The transport of gravel, stone and many other materials requires a dumper or tipper truck that can withstand heavy loads.

“Since we upgraded the steel to Hardox® 500 Tuf wear-resistant steel, SSAB’s premiummaterial, we’ve increased the useful life of our dumpers by at least 40 percent,”Löfstedt continues. He also appreciates that the dump truck bodies have an improvedsustainability profile. “You can use your dumper or tipper for longer, with less impact onthe environment than having to buy new equipment all the time,” he says.

A smooth transition to upgraded dump truck and tipper truck bodies in Hardox 500 Tuf

Upgrading from Hardox® 450 to Hardox® 500 Tuf has been simple and straightforward.Zetterbergs has used the same production equipment and settings as before. The projecthas been carried out in close cooperation with SSAB’s product development team.Improvements in design and performance are very much a result of teamwork that hasutilized the properties of Hardox® 500 Tuf to the fullest.

”Our cooperation with SSAB extends to both design and choice of materials, in order toincrease the useful life of our products and their load capacity, an important factor whenoperating heavy equipment,” Löfstedt says.

Hardox® 500 Tuf dumper body meets Zetterbergs’ goals

“We had three goals with the new ZD4. We wanted a 20% weight reduction, an attractivedesign, and for the dumper to sit low on the truck. We met the weight, design and heightgoals. With a build height of 340 mm (13.4”), it is the lowest on the market. Hardox 500Tuf has really proved its worth, and we are looking at how to use the steel in all of ourproducts,” Löfstedt says.

Hardox® 500 Tuf adds value to Zetterbergs’ customers

”Hardox 500 Tuf is a hard-wearing material with high load capacity, enabling ourcustomers to transport a bigger load each time. A haulier’s profit depends on how muchthey can transport. In this way, revenue increases while fuel costs go down,” Löfstedtsays.

Zetterbergs designs, manufactures and supplies dump truck superstructures throughoutthe world, with its biggest customers based in Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

Tipper truck in Hardox® 500 Tuf with a conical side panel design

Zetterbergs’ lighter tipper bodies in Hardox® 500 Tuf save fuel and last longer for its customers worldwide.

About Zetterbergs and high-strength steel

Zetterbergs is located in the small Swedish town of Östervåla. It was here that Henrik Zetterberg started up his business in 1923, and just two years later mounted the first loading platform on a Ford model T. Today, the company develops, designs and supplies dump truck superstructures throughout the world, with its biggest customers based in Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Most of the work is carried out on site at its factory in Östervåla, from machining and welding to surface treatment. Among their products are tipper trucks, hook lifts, dumpers and fixed platforms.

Zetterbergs has always aimed at delivering the most durable and productive equipment. Being a member of SSAB’s quality program Hardox® In My Body makes this strategy even stronger. All Hardox® In My Body certified products live up to the highest standards on design and manufacturing with Hardox® wear plate.

Tipper truck in Hardox® 500 Tuf with a conical side panel design

Zetterbergs is a certified member of SSAB’s quality program Hardox® In My Body, ensuring the highest standardon design and manufacturing with Hardox® wear plate.

Tipper truck in Hardox® 500 Tuf with a conical side panel design

Get an upgrading consultation

Find out what upgrading to Hardox 500 Tuf can do foryour equipment and your operations. We’ll be happy tomeet you and find out about your specific wear environment and needs to find the best and most cost-effectivesolution for your business.

End-users around the world use Hardox® 500 Tuf in their tippers

Mantella’s tipper trailer body is more than 365 kg (510 lbs.) lighter than a conventional design

The secret: reducing the thckness of the bottom plate by 1 mm (0.039 in.). Hardox 500 Tufgives more payload and the same excellent service life as the previous design

Tipper truck in Hardox® 500 Tuf with a conical side panel design
Tipper truck in Hardox® 500 Tuf with a conical side panel design

Lightest steel tipper bodies made from Hardox 500 Tuf in the Australian market

Thanks to Hardox® wear plate, the people at BRE can produce lighter-weight steel tipper bodies and provide the lightest tare weights in Australia. This maximizes their end customers’ profits while minimizing maintenance and operating costs.

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