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Our annual truck and body report unveils the latest products for your fleet.


Clement Industries

Clement Industries, Minden, La., manufactures the MonStar end-dump trailer, which features a ¼-inch (in.) AR 450 steel body and tailgate. The 40-foot (ft.) trailer is available with an 89-cubic yard (cu. yd.) capacity and 102-in. wide track axles. The trailer's longitudinal-free design has reduced its weight, the company says. Other features include a barn door tailgate with attached mudflaps, a 50,000-pound (lb.) center-point suspension, hub-piloted wheels and an inverted cylinder with rubber bumper stabilizer.

East Manufacturing

The Genesis tipping platform transfer trailer from East Manufacturing, Randolph, Ohio, can accommodate 101 to 145 cu. yds. It features a smooth-side construction. According to the company, the 120-cu. yd. trailer can weigh as little as 12,985 lbs. The trailer's sidewall design eliminates a center bar or pipe for efficient top loading, the company says. V-shaped cross members are manufactured to increase aerodynamics and maintain structural strength.

MAC Trailer

MAC Trailer, Alliance, Ohio, introduces its MVP line of tipper and moving floor trailers. The trailers feature the company's Snap-Lock design, a non-welded, hollow-core smooth side with vertical panels. Available with a variety of side heights, the units are available in lengths up to 53 ft. The trailers' non-welded exterior surface is ideal for imaging, provides aerodynamics and reduces maintenance costs, the company says.

Titan Trailers

Titan Trailers, Ontario, Canada, offers the A-Train tipper trailer for municipal solid waste. Measuring nearly 95 ft. long, the trailer can accommodate 234 cu. yds. of refuse, the company says. The trailer features the company's Rocky Mountain Double design, which is manufactured for use at existing transfer station facilities. It also includes a Thinwall extruded aluminum sidewall panel to reduce tare weight, the company says.

Western Trailers

Western Trailers, Boise, Idaho, offers a variety of refuse trailers in tipper and live floor configurations. The company also manufactures bulk commodity trailers in hopper, v-bottom self-unloader and live floor models. Weighing 12,800 lbs., the Elite is a 53-ft. quad axle trailer that features an internal frame. The company's Classic flatbed model also is available with an external frame and can be fitted with hoppers. Curtain tops are available for both the Elite and Classic models. Wood residual trailers also are available in 32- to 52-ft. models.

Wilkens Industries

Wilkens Industries, Morris, Minn., offers lightweight aluminum open top live floor trailers for a variety of applications, including recycling. Weighing about 11,000 lbs., the trailers have an all-aluminum construction with a riveted design, which eliminates cracks, welding or rusting, the company says. The trailers measure between 40 ft. and 53 ft. and can accommodate 90- to 150-cu. yd. payloads.


Haul-All Equipment

Haul-All Equipment, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, offers its M-Class body with a roll-off option that is manufactured for roll-off customers, pick-up carts and for parks and road maintenance. Available in 10- to 22-cu. yd. sizes, the body features a 19,000- to 30,000- lbs. GVWR platform. A vacuum attachment, high-powered pressure washer, utility cabinet, chipper door and barrel dumper are optional.

Heil Environmental

The Retriever Satellite side loader from Heil Environmental, Chattanooga, Tenn., features a small construction for situations in which a full-size refuse truck cannot fit, including park and recreation areas, airports, tight alleys and gated communities. Available in 6- and 10-yd. configurations, the side loader includes dual hopper doors and electric push-button packer controls on both sides of the body. The double-packing system offers 800-lb. payloads per cu.yd. and has a 14- to 16-second cycle time, the company says. One or both sides of the truck can accommodate cart lifters for semi-automated collection. According to the company, a patented transfer system enables the side loader to be unloaded into a full-size rear loader, which will reduce trips to disposal sites. Its design offers maximum clearance to load the hopper and eliminate debris from blowing out of the truck while on route, the company says.

Labrie Environmental Group

Labrie Environmental Group, St. Nicolas, Quebec, Canada, offers the Wittke Starlight front loader for handling residential and commercial waste. The Starlight is constructed of Hardox steel to prevent abrasions and increase body life, the company says. Its sidewalls are manufactured with a single, 1/8-in. piece of Hardox steel with a 175,000 pounds-per square-inch-rating. The front loader features an internally braced box construction. The curved arm provides strength and helps to distribute stress points evenly, the company says. Fork cylinders that are mounted behind the lifting arms are designed for visibility and cylinder protection. A tailgate auto-latch system can be controlled from a panel inside the cab. The hopper has a 12-cu. yd. capacity and the Packer Panel features a “snowplow” design that prevents refuse from entering the face of the packer, the company says.

Loadmaster Corporation

Loadmaster Corporation, Norway, Mich., has introduced the Excel.S short body rear loader, which has a 22-second cycle time when used with a regen valve, and includes a 3.7-cu. yd. hopper. With a body undercoating and a full-height tailgate seal, the rear loader also includes a side access door with a ladder and a ¼-in. T-1 hopper floor. Additional features include smooth-side curved 8-gauge sides and roof, a color-coded function-imprinted wiring harness and rhino liner at lower fenderings.


McNeilus, Dodge Center, Minn., manufactures the AutoReach automated side loader for congested residential routes and any automated applications. It is available in 20- to 31-yd. sizes and has the ability to reach out and around, the company says. The side loader features a 5-yd. hopper and offers 150-home-per-hour productivity, the company says. It can accommodate 30- to 300-gal. containers.

Petersen Industries

Petersen Industries, Lake Wales, Fla., offers Lightning Loader grapple trucks for bulky trash and brush collection. The trucks are available in six configurations including loader and dump body, rear steer, rear-mounted loader and trailer, hooklift and two roll-off models. The trucks include a 20-ft. boom with a single-cylinder anti-scalping trash grapple. The company also offers the CP-3 for transporting front-loading containers.

Scranton Manufacturing

Scranton Manufacturing, Scranton, Iowa, offers the New Mammoth series front loaders. The series features one-piece body sides for strength and appearance, the company says. The front loaders are available in East and West Coast models. According to the company, the East Coast model is manufactured for maximum strength and compaction. The West Coast model provides speed and a lightweight design, the company says.


Walinga, Ontario, Canada, offers the Champion Recycler, which features a manual loader that is available in single- or double-side loading configurations. The loaders are available in steel or aluminum constructions and in a variety of sizes and capacities. The Recycler also includes internal dividers for separating materials. Glass dividers also are available that are intended to simplify collection of color separated glass, the company says. According to the company, the automatic cart lifter can be used with multiple auto-lock roll carts and it includes a 16-in loading bucket. Powered by a 33-cu. in. hydraulic brake motor, the bucket motor drive features a rack and pinion construction. The Recycler's stand-up drive includes complete operator controls, safety features and comes on either or both sides of the truck. Optional features include a 7-cu. yd.-capacity cardboard gate for separating old corrugated cardboard, an expandable bucket for bulk collection and air-operated dividers.

Class 8 Trucks

American LaFrance

American LaFrance, Summerville, S.C., has introduced three new models of its Condor low-cab forward truck. The chassis has been reconfigured and now accommodates a 1,500 square inch (sq. in.) radiator. The larger radiator has been used in place of additional cooling systems to address increased engine temperatures brought by new emission standards, the company says. The Condors have engines with up to 430 horsepower (hp.).

The Condor 880S includes large cab space with a 68-in. BBC. Side and rear windows that provide 270 degrees of visibility are optional. A third-man cab also is available for rear loading and utility customers. The Condor 830S is manufactured for front loader refuse applications and features a 63-in. BBC. According to the company, the 830S has maintained its interior room and visibility.

The 830S allows front loader body manufacturers to install standard arms. A tilt and telescopic steering column also are included and are standard on all Condor models.

The 780S is the Condor's first Class 7 model and is manufactured for street sweeping, refuse and utility. This model features a roomy interior, low tunnel and a low step height, the company says. The model is based on the Condor platform, which allows factory installation for steering configurations.


Hagerstown, Ind.-based Autocar LLC has extensively reworked the cab on its Xpeditor refuse chassis. The company reconfigured controls, instruments and seats to improve operator ergonomics. Changes include increased cab depth, providing 18 extra cu. ft. of operator room and window visibility; a tilt steering wheel; and two new under-seat storage spaces. Exterior improvements to the cab include standard front-loader arms that clear the cab and front-mounted pumps mounted behind the bumper, the company says.

The new design retains previous improvements made to Autocar cab models, such as an electronic, fully blended HVAC system, multi-plexed gauges, an integrated camera monitor and an integrated diagnostic tool with readout.

To meet the 2007 emission regulations, Autocar worked in conjunction with engine partner Cummins to develop a single-radiator solution to handle the 30 percent greater load on its trucks' cooling systems. The solution does not interfere with a truck's body design and actually offers increased horsepower ratings of 300 to 425, according to Autocar. Autocar's full line of '07-certified Cummins products includes the ISC, ISL and ISM diesel engines, as well as a new ISL natural gas engine.

The Cummins engines and Fleetguard diesel particulate filter (DPF) create an integrated system that requires no igniters in the DPF, no additional airflow through the DPF and no external fuel lines routed to the DPF, according to Autocar.

Crane Carrier Corp.

Crane Carrier Corp. is offering a new crew cab variation of its LET2 low-entry tilt cab that was introduced last year. The LET2 crew cab model features a 5.5-in. increase in cab depth. The model contains an ergonomically designed dashboard, simplified “multi-plex” instrumentation wiring, improved HVAC system and controls, sealed integrated switches, 11-in. formed “C ” channel frame rails and tapered front leaf springs, the company says.


Freightliner Trucks has launched the Cascadia, a new Class 8 truck engineered specifically to accommodate 2007- and 2010-compliant engines. The company says the new model also boasts a 3 percent boost in fuel economy over previous models. While the Cascadia replaces the Columbia and Century models, Freightliner reports it will continue producing those models “for the foreseeable future.”

The new model's increased fuel economy was achieved through to its aerodynamic design, which cuts drag by 20 percent over previous models, the company says.

The Cascadia was built to be optimized with the 2010-ready Detroit Diesel heavy-duty engine family, which will debut later this year. The tractor also features an expandable electronic platform that can accommodate 2010 technology, including selective catalytic reduction (SCR).

The Cascadia offers a fully integrated battery-powered auxiliary HVAC system to save fuel and an engine cooling system that minimizes engine fan and air-conditioning compressor on-time, according to the company. Freightliner says it boosted payload capacity for the Cascadia by cutting the truck's weight, using an aluminum cab instead of steel, and making the hood, bumper and quarter fenders lighter.

Driver satisfaction and productivity were a major design focus, the company says. The truck features larger seats than previous models and more room between the seats, according to Freightliner. The new cab also has larger door openings, more head and belly room, and easier-to-use switches and climate controls, the company says.

Freightliner adds that it cut noise and vibration with double door and window seals, improved engine and cab mounts, additional insulation and a hydraulic clutch.

The tractor comes standard with the 455-hp. Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine, with an MBE 4000 with ratings of 370 to 450 hp. and Caterpillar C15 with ratings from 435 to 550 hp. optionally available. An Eaton Fuller manual transmission is standard, with Eaton UltraShift and AutoShift transmissions available as options.

International Truck & Engine

Warrenville, Ill.-based International Truck & Engine Corp.'s new flagship is the Class 8 ProStar on-highway tractor. This year, the ProStar is replacing the 9400 model and next year it will replace the 9200 as well. As a completely new Class 8 tractor platform, the ProStar was designed in part to help offset expected fuel economy losses due to the emissions control technology required for all new heavy trucks in 2007.

According to International, the aerodynamic changes it made with the ProStar design improve fuel economy 4 percent to 4.5 percent compared to the company's previous tractor models. That will offset the 1 percent to 3 percent fuel economy loss created by 2007 emissions control technology, the company says.

The new Class 8 will come in four model designations — the ProStar, ProStar Premium, ProStar Eagle and ProStar Limited. All versions will incorporate the same functionality in terms of chassis, axle, transmission and engine options but each designation offers progressively more luxurious interior and exterior trim packages.

The company says drivers will benefit from ride and handling that is designed to reduce fatigue and improve responsiveness. Serviceablity was addressed by synchronizing routine maintenance around scheduled oil changes to keep the truck on the road an additional 60 to 70 days over a five-year ownership cycle, according to the company.

ProStar engine offerings will include two International MaxxForce big bore diesels in the 11L and 13L class. These engines were developed by International and Germany's MAN Nutzfahrzeuge. International also will offer Caterpillar's new C13 diesel in the ProStar.

The OEM says that it will offer six new MaxxForce 11 and MaxxForce 13 engines for its Class 8 trucks. These diesels provide up to 1,700 lbs.-ft. of torque at 1,000 rpm with ratings running from 330 to 475 hp.


Kenworth Truck Co. has expanded its T660 aerodynamic offering with an extended-cab version that adds 6 in. to the standard T660's 122-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) length, 5 in. to its height and 2 in. behind the wheel.

The Class 8 T660 is powered by 2007 compliant engines. It replaced the T600. The T660's grille is 5 percent larger than the T600's to accommodate the increased airflow and cooling performance required by 2007 engines. Still, the aerodynamics and fuel economy of the T660 are improvements from the T600, according to Kenworth.

Other key features of the T660 include halogen projector low beams that provide 40 percent more light down the road than a sealed beam lamp and last three times longer and a High Intensity Discharge option that provides 75 percent more light and lasts 11 times longer than sealed beams, the company says.

Kenworth also has added its Extended Day Cab option to its Class 8 vocational W900S model. The OEM says this option provides an additional 6 in. of length and 5 in. of cab height compared to Kenworth's traditional day cab. The Extended Day Cab also offers an additional 2 in. behind the wheel, additional leg room, up to 21 degrees of recline in the driver's seat, and 2 extra cu. ft. of storage behind the driver's seat, the company says. Kenworth also offers the Extended Day Cab option on all T660, T800 and W900 models.

Kenworth also has altered the W900S model by moving the steering gear forward ahead of the axle and adding longer front springs as part of a front end redesign that increases wheel cut by 4 degrees and reduces the overall turning radius, the company says.

The OEM now offers the Caterpillar C9 engine for its W900S and T800 vocational models. According to Kenworth, buyers can save nearly 900 pounds (lbs.) with the Cat C9 when compared with the 12.5L Cat C13 and still get the power needed for their specific application. Kenworth also has added the Cummins ISM 425 hp. engine for its W900S and T800 vocational models. The OEM says buyers can save more than 500 lbs. with the 11L Cummins ISM 425 hp. compared to 13L engines and still get the needed power.

Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has announced no major changes either to its highway flagship model, the Pinnacle, or its Granite and Granite Axle Back vocational models, but it has added the TerraPro line to its vocational lineup.

Pinnacle and Granite Class 8 trucks are available with two new diesel engines — the MP7 and MP8 — from the OEM's MackPower (MP) engine family. These diesels were designed to meet 2007 emission regulations. The 11L MP7 and the 13L MP8 will be offered in Maxidyne, Econodyne and MaxiCruise performance versions.

The MP7 comes in six horsepower ratings running from 325 to 405 hp. and ranging from 1,260 to 1,560 lbs.-ft. of torque. The MP8 will offer power ratings from 415 to 485 hp. matched to torque ratings from 1,450 to 1,700 lbs.-ft.

Mack says its new TerraPro series includes the TerraPro Low Entry and the TerraPro Cabover. According to the company, the TerraPro Low Entry comes with many features designed for the specific needs of the refuse industry. Its low-to-the-ground cab height (17 in.) provides one-step entry and exit for curbside pickup operations, the company says. It can be configured for front-, rear- or side-loading; has large door openings for easy entry and egress; and its dual-steer design enhances driver flexibility and productivity, Mack adds.


Denton, Texas-based Peterbilt Motors Co.'s new Model 387 Extended Day Cab and Model 384 day cab/sleeper tractors complete the company's revamping of its aerodynamic truck lineup. The extended version of the Model 387 is intended for tanker and regional hauling applications and adds 6 in. to the interior cab length and will be offered with both medium- and “premium-” length hoods.

The Model 384 is a 116-in. BBC tractor and will be offered as a day cab or with a range of Peterbilt's proprietary Unibilt sleeper boxes. Both new models boast the aerodynamic styling introduced with the base version of the Model 387 and will be available later this year.

The company's traditionally styled Models 388 and 389 also have been upgraded, receiving new grilles for better air flow to the engine as well as redesigned hood mechanisms for easier service access. Both the Model 388 and 389 can be ordered with a new proprietary Fuel Efficiency Package designed to improve fuel consumption through aerodynamically enhanced exterior components. These include a new contoured roof fairing, oval-shaped cab-mounted exhaust, aerodynamic air cleaners, streamlined tool and battery boxes and contoured bumper and underbody fairing.

Peterbilt also is rolling out newly redesigned trucks for heavy-duty vocational customers. The Model 367 offers a 127-in. BBC measurement while the Model 365 has a 115-in. BBC. Both feature new front axle positions for better maneuverability in tight work sites and a range of weight-saving options, the company says.

Peterbilt's new Driver Information Display (DID) is standard on Models 389, 388, 386, 384, 367 and 365. The display is located directly in front of the driver.


Sterling Truck Corp. has announced no major changes to its A-Line of Class 8 vocational and L-Line highway trucks but has added a new heavy-duty vocational model. Dubbed the Set-Forward Sterling, the vocational truck is available in 101- and 111-in. BBC measurements.

The Set-Forward Sterling is constructed from Metton substrate and features 20- and 25-lb. weight savings on the 101- and 111-in. models, respectively. The truck features hood access door openings of more than 1 foot for engine access and updated hood isolator guides that allow for better alignment and stability, the company says. Additionally, headlamps are serviceable from the front of the vehicle without bezel removal.

The Set-Forward model features an updated quarter fender that allows a 111-in. BBC with a vertical frame-mounted exhaust to hold up to 120 gallons (gal.) of fuel with a clean cab to axle (CA), while the 101-in. BBC model can hold up to 70 gal. with a clean CA, according to Sterling.

As for the A-line trucks, some changes include making cab air mounts and air conditioning standard. In addition, stationary extreme outboard single right-hand vertical exhaust is now standard.


Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) has made its Volvo Link Sentry and Volvo Action Service (VAS) programs standard on its full line of Class 8 trucks. The new standard features include three years of wireless satellite communications services at no additional charge.

A vehicle monitoring and communications system, Volvo Link Sentry works with the VAS roadside assistance program. Link Sentry tracks and communicates productivity and performance information each week for individual trucks, including fuel used, distance traveled and fuel economy. The system also tracks idling time, fuel consumption, battery voltage and DPF status.

Furthermore, Volvo Link Sentry tracks the number of interventions by the vehicle's enhanced stability system, antilock brake activations, traction control assistance events and wheel spin-outs.

Western Star

Western Star Trucks has made various upgrades to its line of Class 8 trucks. Improvements include addressing 2007 enhancements via an upgraded MBE 4000 engine.

As a result of the new emissions standards, Western Star's radiator packages have expanded. Available in sizes ranging from 1,375 to 1,875 sq. in., the radiators offer increased cooling capacity for high horsepower applications and optimize fuel economy through reduced fan-on time, the company says. To accommodate these larger radiators, Western Star added a drop front frame casting for the axle configurations on the 4900 FA, 4900 SA, and 4900 EX models.

Accommodating increased radiator sizes also has allowed for improvements in front suspensions. A 56-in. asymmetric spring provides improved roll stiffness and better handling, says the OEM.

Waste Age Assistant Editor Deanna Hart compiled the trailer and refuse body portions of this article. Waste Age's sister publication, Fleet Owner, compiled the majority of information on Class 8 truck models.