Western Star, J&J Build Extreme-Duty Off-Highway Truck
March 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
Western Star Trucks is collaborating with Somerset, Pa.-based J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers to build the ultimate truck for mining and quarry applications.
The program provides customers with a new Western Star 6900 XD paired with a heavy-duty dump body from J&J. This truck is built to haul loads up to 40 U.S. tons.
The 6900 XD 40-ton dump 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 110,000 pound 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.
The 6900 XD can be up to 35 percent more fuel efficient than traditional off-road haulers when haul distances exceed one mile. It can achieve stable loaded top speeds of more than 40 mph in the proper application.
Optional configurations include higher capacity dump bodies and right hand drive for export applications.