Featuring a lighter weight design and increased lift and payload capacities, the Meridian delivers productivity gains that will meet and exceed customers’ needs.
Featuring a lighter weight design and increased lift and payload capacities, the Meridian delivers productivity gains that will meet and exceed customers’ needs.

The Meridian’s innovative design combines lighter weight materials with construction that’s durable and strong.
At a base body weight of 16,800 pounds, an industry-leading 14-ton payload and rated to lift 10,000 pounds, the Meridian is the perfect balance between lightweight and heavyweight to deliver advanced hauling performance for commercial and residential applications. The Meridian’s innovative design combines lighter weight materials with construction that’s durable and strong.
Developed with easier access and serviceability in mind, the Meridian features a clear headframe, underbody hydraulics and an electrical sidewall panel. Hydraulic valves have been relocated under the body rather than the typical placement on the headframe, eliminating problems caused by potential leaks and providing protection from hot exhaust. An enclosed sidewall panel houses the electrical components, keeping them away from heat and any refuse debris.
Along with its unique design features, the Meridian incorporates the McNeilus CODE (controls on demand environment) which comes standard in the new front loader. This simplified CAN-based control system provides superior diagnostics and troubleshooting capability at the operator’s fingertips. The powerful system reduces hardware requirements and saves time with an integrated “smart” fuse panel, intuitive display, adjustable parameters and features such as pre-trip reminders and vehicle status messages.
The Meridian is also available with McNeilus’ NGEN Tailgate CNG system. This system includes several unique benefits, such as:
• A Pressure Relief Device (PRD) system that provides continuous heat protection along the full length of the CNG tanks
• McNeilus Strike Protection, providing a sturdy steel covering that surrounds key components;
• Toolboxes integrated into the tailgate that free up space on the frame and provide storage;
• Ground Level Fuel Shut-Off that allows operators or maintenance personnel to manually stop the flow of fuel at one convenient location;
• Tailgate props designed for easier deployment and access;
• A pivoting structure that simplifies inspection.
Other features of the Meridian include:
• Non-sliding tailgate that means less wear on the tailgate seal and tailgate props that offer easier access between the tailgate and body;
• Flat body floor design that helps increase payload capacity and allows for easier access and quicker service of underbody components;
• Largest hopper access door available for easier cleanouts, and curbside location that offers better access;
• Angled mid-post to help channel arm force appropriately, contributing to a stronger body design;
• Excalibre packing cylinders that improve reliability and performance, and

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