Light without compromise: SAF-Holland axles & suspensions

Streamlined maintenance and a reduction in the total cost of ownership only begin to outline the advantages of specifying SAF-Holland axles and suspensions. The equipment specialist continues to innovate its industry-proven gear for heavy duty specifications and Performance-Based Standards applications.

There are two major product groups under SAF-Holland’s axles and suspensions umbrella. INTRA: featuring a lightweight, fabricated trailing arm, rigidly connected or welded to the axle; and Modul: with its Z-shape design, 100mm-wide spring (single or twin) attached to the axle with U-bolts.

Since 2018, the equipment specialist has also incorporated York axles and suspensions to its portfolio, enabling greater choice and flexibility for the end-user.

The INTRA range, according to SAF-Holland Product Manager Asia-Pacific (APAC), Nemanja Miletic, is the lightest disc brake option in the market. “It is also the preferred choice for anyone looking to reduce tare weight and increase efficiency,” he says. “With a six-year / one-million-kilometre warranty on major components (bearings, 3D bushes, shocks), the INTRA series is the best return on investment for every dollar spent.”

SAF-Holland is continuously engaged in research and development to make its products more efficient, more reliable and suitable for purpose-built applications.

SAF Intra Series.

“The most recent ‘iteration’ of the SAF INTRA range, such as SAF TRAK (the first hydraulically driven trailer axle) and SAF PC (SAF Premium Coating, featuring increased zinc-based anti-corrosion protection for the axle and a 10-year warranty against suspension corrosion) are now part of the standard offering and not just an exclusive article developed for specific customers,” Nemanja says. “The offer for the Australian market is now standardised on a heavier spec with INTRA Custom Design (INTRA CD) which provides a thicker axle beam with HD – 3D bushes. At the moment, we are finetuning some components in order to customise them for tailored applications.”

The SAF INTRADISC plus Integral premium axle features a ten-spoke wheel-end design that is weight optimised.

“The ten-spoke wheel-end design is topology optimisation of the hub that has been in service for decades,” Nemanja says.

“Using a special computer software, the weight was reduced providing increased strength. Technically, you take material from the place where you need it the least and then transfer it where you could benefit the most. The design was then realised, tested extensively and validated. It is now part of the standard offering with 120mm offset wheels (suitable wide/super-single tyres). This exercise proves SAF-Hollands’ motto that nothing is so good that couldn’t be better.”

With more than 500 retailers and 30 authorised service centres across Australia and New Zealand, SAF-Holland provides solid technical support and aftersales service.

SAF Intradrum.

“Our technical services and engineering team are ready to answer your calls and technical queries,” Nemanja concludes.

Fast Fact
Wide-singles (385/65R22.5), according to SAF-Holland Product Manager Asia-Pacific (APAC), Nemanja Miletic, are becoming more and more interesting for the Australian market.
“SAF-Holland’s standard offering is readily available in its lightweight category (complete unit weight starting from 380kg); wider track (2,040mm) and wider hanger centres (1,200mm) provide more stability and roll-stiffness, making it ideal for Performance-Based Standards (PBS) applications,” he says. “This setup has been a standard option for years in New Zealand as they run on lower loads were every kilogram counts.”