Kenworth to Offer Glider Kits for T660, T800, W900L
August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
Increasing customer interest in glider kits is prompting Kenworth to offer non-powered cab-and-chassis trucks and tractors in three models. Gliders for the T660, split-fender T800 and W900L are to be mated with customer-supplied EPA 2004 engines, matching transmissions, and rear axles and suspensions.
T800 with split fenders (shown), T660 and W900L gliders include new frame, hood, cab and much wiring. They are designed to take customer EPA-2004 diesels and drivetrain components.
Gliders can be spec'd from Kenworth to best meet individual applications, and all sleeper sizes are available. Other builders who offer gliders say they can save 30% or more compared to buying all-new trucks.
"Gliders are a great alternative for fleets and owner operators with the tools and service technicians to bring a solid and existing powertrain back to life in a 'brand new truck'," said Alan Fennimore, Kenworth vocational marketing manager.
"We've talked with several fleets that plan to purchase gliders and have their service technicians work on the conversions during slow or off periods. It can be an effective use of shop hours."
Kenworth glider models feature the latest amenities and updates in each of the three models. The model year of the glider will be determined by the donor chassis, as long as two of the three major powertrain components -- engine, transmission, and drive axle -- come from the donor chassis.
"There are several other engine-related components, such as electrical harnesses, power steering pumps, batteries and air cleaners, that customers need to supply themselves, or purchase from Paccar Parts through their local Kenworth dealerships, but for the truck itself, it's a very complete package," said Fennimore.
"We're offering the gliders as both rolling and non-rolling models (customer supplies driveline, axles, suspensions, wheels, tires and other 'rolling' equipment) and no FET tax is included from Kenworth," he said.
"Depending upon the project's final cost, and if the host parts came from a useable truck, the 12% Federal Excise Tax (FET) on new trucks may not be applicable, which can be a real money saver for customers."