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TECHUPDATE - Class 8 Trucks
By Tony Kryzanowski
When it comes to building logging trucks, Western Star has an enviable history and track record of durability, says the truck manufacturer.
Western Star trucks were created for logging in the forests of western Canada over 45 years ago. That heritage is seen in each truck today, with rugged, high-quality components chosen to stand up to hard work. Those components include steel cabs for added strength and safety, factory-installed skid plates and heavy-duty bumpers, standard Grade 8 fasteners, and field repairable radiators. Plus, with the full line of Detroit engines available, owners can get the power they need with efficiency, to boost profitability.
Since Western Star is part of the Daimler Trucks North America family, owners are supported with an extensive network of parts, service and financing.
The Freightliner 122SD is built tough for the severe terrain of the logging industry. When these trucks head to the mill, Freightliner says truck owners can count on excellent fuel efficiency. The 122SD offers up to 600 horsepower, torque ratings up to 2050 lb-ft and GCWR up to 210,000 lbs. It also boasts frame ratings in excess of five million RBM, yet it’s extremely maneuverable with a wheel cut up to 50 degrees. The large windshield is said to provide excellent visibility. Although the 122SD is rugged on the outside, the cab interior provides comfort for long days in harsh environments. It’s well insulated against cold and noise, and grab handles make entry and exit safe and easy—all of which can increase overall productivity and lower total cost of ownership.
The addition of Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) after-treatment to Navistar’s heavy-duty products has been the company’s focus in 2013.
In late-2012, the company began its heavy-duty SCR product rollout with the International ProStar with Cummins ISX15 engine with SCR. Most recently, the company announced that it has completed its heavy-duty SCR product transition.
“We now offer a full lineup of SCR product offerings for our Class 8 customers and we have completed each launch on time—and with the highest levels of quality,” says Bill Kozek, President North America Truck and Parts, Navistar. “Throughout this transition, we have seen an improvement in customer confidence reflected in our Class 8 order share and we are already starting off strong with our medium-duty transition as we move into 2014.”
The all-new Kenworth T880 is the flagship of Kenworth’s vocational trucks.
The Kenworth T880 is especially suited for customers who demand a durable and reliable truck, including logging, heavy haul, dump, mixer, and refuse applications.
The Kenworth T880 features a panoramic windshield for enhanced visibility, a quiet cab with triple-sealed and robust doors, five-piece Metton hood for easier and faster repairs, air-assisted hydraulic clutch, complex reflector headlamps, excellent maneuverability, and new lightweight, factory-installed lift axles. The T880’s 2.1-metre wide, stamped aluminum cab is robotically assembled and has a comfortable 23” of room between the seats.
The T880 comes standard with the PACCAR MX-13 engine rated up to 500 hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque. The PACCAR MX-13 provides a lightweight, fuel-efficient engine for vocational applications. The T880 can be ordered with a 116.5” BBC hood optimized for the PACCAR MX-13 engine or with the 122.5” BBC hood.
The Cat CT660 vocational truck redefines heavy-duty while delivering all the power, performance and productivity owners expect from Caterpillar.
This Class 8 set back axle truck is available with 116” and 122” bumper to back-of-cab options. It can be built as a truck or day cab in 6 X 4, 8 X 6, 6 X 6, and 4 X 4 configurations. The CT660 is powered by a Cat CT13 vocational truck engine with ratings specific to vocational truck applications and horsepower/torque combinations, to tackle the toughest jobs.
The Cat CT660’s aluminum cab offers long life and reduced truck weight while the modular components offer superior serviceability and low cost repair options. The ergonomic details of the cab interior, such as the spacious wide cab with premium sound insulation and easy-to-reach gauges and switches, enhance driver and jobsite safety and productivity.
The Volvo VHD and VHD 430 sleeper models are designed for non-stop reliability in extreme weather, rugged terrain and crowded construction sites.
Engineered to help hire and keep the best drivers, every VHD combines dependable performance with plenty of comfort and safety.
A spacious cab makes life more comfortable and productive for the driver, with extra room between the seats and plenty of storage for personal gear. The VHD also offers superior insulation and soundproofing that keeps the cab as quiet as most passenger cars. Doors are double sealed to keep out water, wind and noise.
The Volvo VHD is also designed to protect drivers and their payload. It features a high-strength steel cab, three-point seat belts and driver-side air bag. It also comes standard with a host of heavy-duty safety systems for added peace of mind.
The Titan by Mack is said to be an impressive feat of engineering. This massive truck features the Mack MP10 engine—Mack’s largest ever—which boasts 515, 565 and 605-horsepower models. It’s torque ratings—2060 lb-ft at 1200 rpm—are in their own class, says the company.
Built exclusively for Titan, this 16-litre engine delivers high horsepower while putting low stress on the engine with a power density of 37.8 hp/litre. It’s bold, chrome styling expresses the pride of Mack.
Its dominant chrome grill surround and impressive, one-of-a-kind dual air intakes and filters complement its sleek lines and long hood.
Its button-tuck Rawhide Edition interior creates a luxurious work environment. And its imposing stature provides drivers with an elevated seat position for improved visibility.
Titan is designed for the heavy haul market, and is said to be ideal for logging.
The 389 model embodies the Peterbilt heritage and merges it with a proven design to create a legendary classic for vocational applications, says the company.
The lightweight, all-aluminum cab with lap seam construction, aircraft grade fasteners and bulkhead style doors is legendary for its durability. The pod-mounted headlamps are durable, corrosion-resistant and cost-effective to replace. They feature halogen bulbs for longer bulb life and outstanding night-time visibility.
The PACCAR MX-13 superior power platform has been integrated into Peterbilt’s best-in-class vehicles to provide owners with maximum power and outstanding fuel efficiency to optimize performance in virtually any application.
The combination of a Peterbilt truck and MX-13 engine offers long-term value through technologically advanced designs with lightweight materials that achieve excellent performance and superior fuel economy. The MX-13 provides longer service intervals, increased uptime, lower operating costs and higher resale value.
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