From World of Concrete: Freightliner, McNeilus develop bridge formula mixer chassis
Freightliner Trucks has collaborated with McNeilus Companies in the development of a new bridge formula mixer chassis, Freightliner announced on Jan. 18 at World of Concrete 2011 in Las Vegas.
The new truck is on display at the World of Concrete in Booth C-6236.
Ideal for the ready-mix market, Freightliner’s latest vocational product – a 114-inch BBC Severe Duty (SD) set-forward axle (SFA) – features a lightweight, yet durable aluminum cab with a 29.5-inch bumper-to-front axle setting that maximizes concrete hauling capacity for bridge formula mixer configurations.
Equipped with the McNeilus 10.5 cubic yard Bridgemaster Transit Mixer – the most productive federal bridge formula mixer in the industry – the 114SD SFA mixer allows for 36-foot bridge with a 66,000[pound GVW, and a 9.5-to-9.7 cubic yard payload, dependent on concrete design density.
“We’re very excited to partner with McNeilus Companies to offer our vocational customers a new mixer chassis that meets the highest quality of performance and capability in the market,” Richard Saward, general manager vocational sales for Freightliner Trucks, noted in a written press statement. “Not only does the 114SD SFA chassis provide optimal operating performance by increasing productivity and payload, but has been designed to reduce body installation time and cost.
Continued Tom Harris, vice president of sales for McNeilus Companies: “During the entire design process of the 114SD SFA, we worked closely with Freightliner engineers in order to facilitate the seamless installation and upfit of our mixer body. We’re very pleased with the results of the body integration and subsequent performance of the mixer, and hope to work with Freightliner again in the near future.”
Ease of Body Integration
In addition to the weight saving benefits of the 114SD SFA chassis, ease of body integration is also a key component.
The all-important clean back-of-cab is achieved by an under step Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) after treatment system, and up to 70-gallon fuel tank with six-gallon DEF tank, all packaged under the cab. This maximizes front-axle loading, while providing a clear chassis-mounting envelope for lift axles and ancillary body equipment.
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