The company, named Beifang Benchi back in 1988, acquired a license to produce Mercedes SK trucks - mainly for the local armed forces. Initially, production volumes were very modest, because trucks had to be assembled from expensive German kits. Only in 2003, the Chinese switched to almost one hundred percent use of local components. True, for China, production volumes still remain small: now the plant produces about 6,000 cars a year.
Like most similar enterprises, Beifang offers many models - with different bodies, wheel formulas and engines. Of course, all these trucks are very similar to the "real Mercedes." But only outwardly.
Take a look at the pictures of the truck. Its engine is Weichai 615. It develops only 279 “horses” and 1160 Newton meters.
But the nine-speed gearbox is synchronized, the steering is made under license from ZF.
True, something is alarming even at first glance. The upholstery of the rear wall of the cab is very thin: what will it be like in cold weather? “Not a problem: there is an autonomous stove,” say sellers. It’s just located right in the arch of the front right wheel, where all the dirt flies.
The body and its hydraulics are a well-known brand. Body volume - 18, like other Chinese dump trucks. We have already checked that all 30 tons fit into such bodies. So, a loaded (or rather, overloaded) car will barely crawl, and the suspension may soon come to an end.
It certainly looks bright. The cabin is simple, angular, the roof is not high. The engine as on most Chinese is the WD615. The maximum torque is 1460 Nm. Volume - 9.7 liters.
On the go, the car goes smoothly. As for oils and other consumable fluids, I personally fill in the 5w-40 all year round. I mainly use Dragon GL-4, sometimes in the summer I take it and easier. The filling volume is about 21 liters.
Any transmission oil was poured into the transmission, axles, balancers, power take-offs - SAE 80W / 90.
Do not forget about the timely replacement of oil in the hydraulic lift. As a rule, SAE30 summer liquid is poured from the factory, which already freezes at -10 degrees.