Western Star Builds Extreme-Duty Truck
At CONEXPO-CON/AGG, Western Star Trucks showed its new Western Star® 6900 XD, built in collaboration J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers for extreme-duty mining and quarry applications. The Western Star® 6900 XD is paired with a heavy-duty dump body from J&J to haul loads up to 36,3 t.
The 6900 XD is designed to minimize cost per ton of material hauled and maximize shift productivity through efficient fuel consumption, fast cycle times and superior operator comfort.
Key specifications include 50 000 kg planetary drive axles, a Detroit Diesel Series 60® engine with Tier 3 off-highway emission ratings, a fully automatic Allison 4500 RDS transmission, and purpose built dump box. With this configuration, the truck is a cost effective, turnkey solution for mining and quarry customers.
"Western Star is known for its rugged construction and durability, and this is the first time we've offered a body program that caters specifically to the extreme-duty operator," said Chuck Whitehead, vocational segment manager for Western Star Trucks.
The 6900 XD can be up to 35% more fuel efficient than traditional off-road haulers when haul distances exceed one mile. The superior fuel economy, combined with stable loaded top speeds of more than 65 km/h in the proper application, makes this truck unmatched in cycle time efficiency.
"Our bodies are an ideal complement to Western Star vocational and extreme-duty trucks," said Bill Riggs, president of J&J Truck Bodies. "Together, we now offer customers the ability to carry heavier payloads and conquer the toughest road terrain."
Optional configurations include higher capacity dump bodies and right hand drive for export applications. Visitors to the Western Star booth at CONEXPO-CON/AGG had the opportunity to see one of the latter, built for export to South Africa.
Founded in 1958, J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, a division of Somerset Welding and Steel, Inc. specializes in building aluminum and steel dump bodies and trailers for light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and tractors. In addition, the company manufactures transfer trailers that are primarily used for hauling solid waste, mulch, wood chips and other similar materials.
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