mDRIVE HD is now standard on the Granite series. Designed and engineered to work exclusively with Mack MP7 and MP8 engines, the 12-speed transmission has an automated clutch, so no clutch pedal is required. Operation is controlled through a dash-mounted shift pad by selecting drive, neutral or reverse. For more demanding jobsite maneuvers, a premium shift pad can be operated manually to hold a gear, downshift or upshift.Read More
Mack Trucks has added the Load Logic and 6×2 liftable pusher axle option for its Pinnacle highway tractor, citing the potential for fuel efficiency and driver productivity improvement in cement and other bulk material deliveries, where vehicles tend to haul out heavy and return empty.
Capable of reading and holding truck drivers to posted speed limits, momentary engine de-throttling and automatic brake engagement upon detecting imminent or highly probable accident conditions, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems’ new suite of truck-mounted devices leverages established Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Wingman Advanced Collision Mitigation, and AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System technologies.
Rated at 140,000 lb. capacity overall, the XL 140 Hydraulic Detachable Extendable (HDE) model can handle large machinery or commercial freight of all sizes. With its low rear deck height of 28 inches, it can haul freight normally seen on a step deck trailer, but with the added efficiency of a hydraulic neck. The 13-axle unit includes a three-axle trailer, three-axle jeep, and three-axle power booster. The XL classic-style hydraulic gooseneck is 13-ft., 8-in. long and includes a 52-in. fifth wheel height with seven ride height positions, as well as a 9-ft., 9-in. flip neck for the three-axle jeep.
Manufacturer continues the evolution of its mixer- and dump-ready Model 567 with the introduction of a set-forward front axle (SFFA) version, which debuted at World of Concrete 2015 with production scheduled to begin in June.
The first of the company’s next generation of ultra-high efficiency aftertreatment systems is designed to be upwards of 60 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than the EPA 2013 solution it succeeds. EcoFit Single Module’s compact size also enables better heat management and retention for improved fuel economy capability, Cummins engineers note, while a simple single-pass exhaust flow design delivers low back pressure.
The flagship of the manufacture’s severe duty line of vocational trucks, the 122SD suits specialty/heavy-haul, cane and oversized loads, along with mixers and dumps. New options announced at the 2015 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis are best suited for severe terrain and off-road applications: oil pan skid plates; 12-in. frame rails; threaded front suspension spring pins and bushing; and, heavy-duty bolted cross-members. Factory-installed front-bumper mud flaps and fog lights with rock guards are also available.
Brake drum longevity is a perennial source of frustration and headaches for heavy-duty truck operators, company officials note. Like putting a pair of ballet slippers on an elephant, they add, standard-duty brake drums are no match for the extreme weight, aggressive pressure and frequent stops that define heavy-duty trucking.
Sources: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas; CP staff
The U.S. Concrete Precast Group wind down is a done deal with the unloading of a Middleburg, Pa., architectural plant, buyer and sum undisclosed. The move caps a strategy U.S. Concrete effected nearly three years ago with the sale of its northern and southern California precast operations, followed by a Phoenix site—Oldcastle Precast and Jensen Precast, respectively, the suitors in the transactions, totaling about $25 million.Read More