The 68-in.-BBC Condor for concrete pumping applications made its debut on the construction scene at the 2001 World of Concrete Show in Las Vegas. Following closely on its heels, another Condor truck built for front-loader refuse applications was at the Waste Expo 2001 in Chicago. Available immediately, Condor trucks are offered both in Freightliner and Sterling versions.
According to Mark Lampert, senior vp-sales and marketing for Freightliner Trucks, the Class 8 low-cab-forward (LCF) vehicles are designed for superior visibility, maneuverability and operator comfort. They feature a two-piece windshield and large side and rear windows to provide a 238-deg. field of vision. Condor trucks also have a set-back front axle and offer up to a 46-deg. wheel cut for an extremely tight turning radius. Driver comfort features include spacious interiors with plenty of leg, head and elbow room, seats with full travel fore and aft, an easy-to-read instrument pod and generous storage space behind the seats. In addition, low cab height, two-step entry for a maximum step-in height of 18 in., and oversized grab handles make it easier to get in and out of the vehicles.
Core components of the Condor include 12,000- to 20,000-lb. front axles, 21,000- to 70,000-lb. rear axles, a choice of Caterpillar 3126, C-10 and C-12 or Cummins ISM, ISC and ISL engines rated to 380 hp., and a wide selection of transmissions, including Allison automatics. The trucks are available in 6×4 and 4×2 configurations.
“With its integrated chassis design and clean frame rails,” Lampert explained, the Condor facilitates installation of any number of vehicle bodies.” Freightliner first introduced the Condor to the refuse industry a year ago. In addition to the front loader application just introduced to the construction industry, the Condor can accommodate rear loaders, side loaders, automated residential loaders and roll-off containers. It can also handle front snowplow mounts to allow the truck to pull double-duty in the winter months. Other applications of the vehicle include public utility service, heavy towing, heating oil and bulk fuel delivery, and tree spade applications.
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