Truck makers showcase their best at World of Concrete

Truck makers showcase their best at World of Concrete

LAS VEGAS. While Navistar has made a lot of news with the introduction of its new HX Series of Class 8 vocational trucks this week at the World of Concrete show here, several other truck makers have also garnered their share of attention with prominent displays of their vocational models as well.

Peterbilt has three Model 567 mixers on display. First introduced last year, the 567 models on display feature set-forward front axles (the line also includes a set-back axle configuration). A 115-in. BBB has a bumper to front axle distance of 29 in. and a 121 in. BBB model has a distance of 31 in.

“The Model 567 SFFA is carefully engineered to let customers maximize payloads while helping meet state and federal bridge law requirements,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt assistant general manager of sales and marketing. “The Model 567 is a low-weight leader and this new configuration will let customers take full advantage of that through optimized weight distribution.”

All three models on display are powered by Paccar MX engines, which is standard on the 567. The 567 is standard with the MX-13 engine with up to 500 hp. An d1,850 lbs.-ft. of torque. However, two of the models feature the MX-11, a more fuel-efficient option with up to 430 hp. And 1,550 lbs.-ft. of torque.

The Model 567 is available as a day cab or with Peterbilt’s complete lineup of detachable sleepers, including the new 58-in. sleeper. It is available with single, tandem or tridem axles and multiple lift axle options.

Kenworth’s showcase vehicle at this year’s show is a 7-axle, T880 short hood mixer. Featuring a Paccar MX-11 engine, the mixer “represents a new T880 configuration developed to provide contractors with a highly maneuverable 80,000-lb. federal bridge formula truck that can haul up to 12 yards of concrete,” the company said.

The display model includes the Diamond VIT interior for driver comfort and an Allison 4700RDS 7-speed automatic transmission. It is the first time the Allison automatic has been included in the 116.5-in. short hood T880.

Four other Kenworth trucks are also on display, including a Kenworth T880 short hood with a 10.5-yard standard mixer and 425-hp. MX-11 engine with 1,450 lbs.-ft. of torque; a twin steer Kenworth T880 with a 12-yard mixer, 455-hp. MX-13 engine with 1,650 lbs.-ft. of torque, and Simard twin steer conversion to make the truck compatible with Ontario’s vehicle weight and dimension regulations; a 5-axle Kenworth W900S with an 11-yard mixer, 425-hp. MX-11 engine with 1,450 lbs.-ft. of torque, and Allison 4700RDS 7-speed automatic transmission; an a 4-axle Kenworth W900S with a 10.5-yard mixer and 345-hp. PX-9 engine with 1,150 lbs.-ft. of torque.

Volvo Trucks also had several models on display showing off its VHD lineup of trucks.

The company’s booth included a Volvo VHD 200 8x4 axle forward bridge formula mixer. Equipped with a Con-Tech concrete mixer, the vehicle is powered by a Volvo D11 engine producing 385 hp. and 1,450 lbs.-ft. of torque mated to an Allison 4500 RDS transmission. A multileaf with left-hand stiffener front suspension and 46,000-lb. Haulmaax rear suspension round out the key specs.

Also on display is a VHD 200 6x4 axle back model with McNeilus concrete mixer. It also includes a Volvo D11 engine rated at 365 hp. and 1,350 lbs.-ft. of torque and Allison 4500 RDS transmission. The 46,000-lb. Haulmaax rear suspension is complemented by a Parabolic leaf front suspension.

Freightliner had several trucks on hand, including three 114SD models.

“Severe duty customers require trucks that do more than just show up to the job site – they need trucks they can depend on all day, every day, no matter what,” said Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “Freightliner’s severe duty products combine quality, durability and ease-of-upfit, resulting in a dependable solution that contribute to the bottom line.”

Freightliner had a 114SD SFA tri-drive with an Alliance Concrete pump; a 114SD SBA truck with Beck Industrial mixer; a 114SD SBA with McNeilus mixer and Cummins ISL engine; a 114SD SFA with a Schwing America booster mixer and Detroit DD13 engine; and a 108SD SBA truck with Holcombe Volumetric mixer equipped with a Cummins ISL engine featuring rear engine power take-off (REPTO) capability.

Western Star conducted its “Western Star Trucks Get Tough Challenge” at the event. The sixth annual ride-and-drive event takes contestants along a short course in their choice of a Western Star truck and scores them on a 50-point scale. All entrants receive Western Star prizes.

“Once they get in a Western Star truck, drivers appreciate the comfort, maneuverability and power that defines the Western Star brand,” said Ann Demitruk, vice president of marketing for Western Star. “Last year we had more than 250 drivers compete in the challenge, and this year we’re expecting even more. Come to the Get Tough Challenge and experience what Western Star is all about.”

Among the Western Star trucks available are a 4700SB wallboard truck equipped with a Detroit DD13 engine and Allison 4500 Rugged Duty Series (RDS) transmission; a 4700SB crane truck equipped with a Detroit DD13 engine and Eaton Fuller transmission; a 4700SF mixer with a Detroit DD13 engine and Allison 4700 RDS transmission; a 5700XE with a Detroit DD15 engine and Eaton Fuller transmission; and a 6900XD with a Detroit DD16 engine and Allison 4700 RDS transmission.

Also on display was the Western Star Optimus Prime truck, star of the “Transformers: Age of Extinction” movie.

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