Operators are demanding more from their trucks, in terms of performance, versatility, and comfort. Manufacturers have responded by releasing new and upgraded vehicles and accessories to meet a broad range of needs and applications. These products offer more standard options, bigger payloads, easier operation, and greater ergonomics than ever before—often with styling that rivals the aesthetics of anything you might see on a showroom floor. Here are a few of the newest trucks and accessories hitting the market:
The U300/U400 family of multipurpose vehicles provides operators with a high level of versatility and durability. Each of the vehicles runs at up to 56 mph, can work on even the toughest terrains, and has the ability to handle heavy loads. A unique dual-mode steering feature enables the operator to quickly relocate the steering column, instrument panel, and pedals for right- or left-side driving. The high-performance engine is economical, quiet, and has a low-emission output. Unimog of North America. www.pwmag.com/05feb 1. Circle 1.
The Model 335 medium-duty truck—available in Class 6 and 7 truck and tractor configurations—includes modern styling, interior upgrades for enhanced productivity and ergonomics, and improvements to increase visibility and safety. The fenders are engineered to use 19½- or 22½-inch tires, retaining the truck's profile and proportions with either. The one-piece hood with integrated fenders is constructed of durable, impact-resistant composite material. Repeater lights on the quarter fenders clearly signal lane changes. Peterbilt Motors Co. www.pwmag.com/05feb2.Circle 2.
Online truck builder
The Body Builder Guide is a Web-based tool that enables the user to custom build L-Line trucks by adding and removing individual components on the cab and chassis, and to view the entire vehicle from four different angles (top, front, rear, and driver's side) as it is being built. It makes customization, ordering, and overall bodybuilding quick, easy, and accurate. The guide shows placement and dimensions of each component and produces detailed, printable specs. Configurations also can be downloaded. Sterling Truck Corp. www.pwmag.com/05feb3.yfvdfdzdrbywwacuwCircle 3.
The CXT-ideal for use in government, waste, and construction applications—is a severe-duty vehicle with three times the payload of conventional consumer pickups. It features all-wheel drive, air brakes for favorable stopping ability, and the capacity to tow, dump, and tilt its bed. The truck features the company's DT466 diesel engine, rated at 220 hp and 540 foot-pounds of torque. It also offers an electronically controlled turbocharger, four valves per cylinder, smooth-shifting transmission, and standard cab air suspension. International Truck & Engine. www.pwmag.com/05feb4.Circle 4.
Sturdy dump bodies
DuraClass dump bodies feature continuously formed side walls, fully welded construction, and unique interlaced subframes for strength and durability. The bodies are aesthetically pleasing, and models are offered to fit a variety of needs: light-duty, single-axle units; medium-duty, single-axle units; and heavy-duty, tandem-axle versions. Heil Environmental Industries Ltd. www.pwmag.com/05feb5.Circle 5.
Side loader vehicle
The Haul-All M-Class is a multipurpose side loader vehicle, ideal for waste collection and grounds maintenance. The lightweight, reinforced body is available in 14-, 16-, and 18-cubic-yard sizes. It has the lowest loading height of any side loader (34 inches), and the bucket can be equipped with a cart and barrel dumper to minimize loading effort. A wide range of options are offered, including a vacuum, pressure washer, utility cabinet, and snowplow. VQuip. www.pwmag.com/05feb6.Circle 6.
Electric tarp system
The company's front-to-back electric tarp system features polished aluminum components, offering users a wide range of versatility and flexibility to fit most trucks. Each system consists of three main components: a pivot set (several mount styles are available), tarp spool (choose from three forward-mounted styles), and a bow set (tarp and tension bow, or tarp bow only). The product offers more variations and features than steel systems. In addition, the product is lightweight, strong, and will not rust or corrode, Roll-Rite Corp. www.pwmag.com/05feb7.Circle 7.
Sturdy front loader
The SuperDuty front-loading refuse vehicle has a 12-cubic-yard hopper, rounded body, 80,000-psi steel walls, and a heavy-duty top door. Its arms feature a load rating of 10,000 pounds and a cycle time of 13 seconds. At 20 seconds, the unit offers a fast packing cycle. Additional features include 1½-inch-thick forks and available body choices of 38, 40, and 44 cubic yards. Leach Co. www.pwmag.com/05feb8.Circle 8.