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Tech Update- Class 8 Trucks

For outstanding durability and superior driver protection, Volvo’s VHD cab is made of high-strength steel with the highest strength-to-weight ratio in the industry, according to the company. The cab is welded, rather than riveted, for maximum structural integrity. Safety advantages include standard three-point seat belts, collapsing steering column and breakaway engine mounts.

The VHD suspension system is designed to deliver the best ride under the worst conditions, featuring trunion-mounted springs and rubber towers, giving excellent traction and up to 17” of articulation in off-road conditions. When faced with rugged logging roads and tricky maneuvers, The VHD offers outstanding visibility, an extra-tight turning radius, 50-degree wheel cut and highly responsive steering.

The VHD’s weight-conscious design is said to dramatically increase payload.

Volvo Action Service provides 24/7 roadside assistance, while Volvo Link Sentry’s two-way satellite communication helps truckers stay on track and on schedule.

The tough, durable and reliable Kenworth T800 model is especially popular in logging applications.

In addition to being available with a day cab, the Kenworth T800 has an extended day cab option, which is well-suited for logging customers looking for more cab comfort. The extended day cab, one of the market’s largest day cabs, runs six inches longer and the roof is raised five inches over Kenworth’s traditional day cab. The result is a spacious cab with more head and leg room and 21 degrees of recline in the driver’s seat.

The Peterbilt model 389 is said to be among the flagships of premium traditional trucks, with aerodynamic enhancements and innovative solutions that provide owner operators with quality, value and style, and fleets with the ultimate driver retention tool. The model 389 features the industry’s only aluminum hood with a 131” BBC and Peterbilt’s lightweight, all-aluminum cab.

Three premium cab interior options are available as well as a full selection of detachable and comfortable Unibilt sleepers including the ultimate in luxury, the 70” Platinum Level sleeper. A series of aerodynamic enhancements with an optional roof fairing help make this the most fuel efficient traditional Peterbilt ever built. The 389 is an uncompromising blend of old world craftsmanship and new world sophistication, and an industry leader in traditional styling, quality and resale value, says the company.

The all-new Titan by Mack is said to be an impressive feat of engineering. This massive truck features the MP10 engine—the largest ever in a Mack truck—boasting 515-, 565- and 605 horsepower models. Its torque ratings are at a level all on their own, says the company. And it features bold, chrome styling.

Designed specifically for the heavy transport market, the Titan is the ultimate construction truck as it’s ideal for logging, oil field, heavy equipment and severe, heavy-haul applications.

Under its hood, the Titan features a standard 16-litre MP10 engine that packs up to 605 horsepower. This addition to the Mack MP Engine Series boasts a best-in-class torque rating of 2060 ft.-lbs. at 1200 RPMs.

The rugged Freightliner FLD SD makes it easy to conquer the most extreme logging conditions, says the company. The FLD SD combines time-tested performance with a proven track record for durability and dependability. Available in either a set-forward or set-back front axle configuration, the truck’s chassis features a wider track front axle and narrow, high pressure steering gears which gives the tires more room to turn, increasing overall maneuverability.

The FLD SD is also designed to keep the driver comfortable and secure. The well-appointed cab has plenty of room, and its ergonomically designed wraparound dash puts controls within easy reach. Freightliner’s TufTrac suspension provides maximum traction in high articulation environments. The rubber-isolated pivot points and parabolic taper-leaf springs ensure a smooth ride, whether loaded or unloaded, minimizing wear and tear on the truck and the driver.

With a variety of engine, transmission and suspension options to choose from, the FLD SD can be customized to suit operator needs.

Western Star
For the demanding needs of the logging and forest industry, Western Star provides custom-built solutions to get the job done.

The Western Star 4900 series offers a variety of spec options built with Western Star’s tradition of quality, durability, and dependability. The Western Star 4900 FA, set-forward axle configuration features a 109” and 123” BBC, and severe-duty cab and heavy-duty component options. The set-back axle 4900 SA is available in two BBC’s with a standard supervisibility hood, and non-sloping hood for the 123” BBC model. The 4900 EX, Western Star’s flagship model features a 132” BBC and extended hood for the traditional look that customers demand.

For extreme duty applications, the rugged Western Star 6900XD with a 141” BBC and up to 175 tons GCW stands up to the most challenging environments and can handle the toughest logging conditions, says the company.