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International Truck, a unit of Navistar Inc., announced a new lightweight spec for its HV50B mixer package that removes 1,000 pounds from the vehicle, and is intended to allow drivers to haul up to 9.75 cubic yards of concrete while staying under 66,000 gross vehicle weight rating.
Customers currently only able to legally carry 9 cubic yards of concrete will be able to increase their revenue by $750 per truck, per day, according to the Lisle,Ill.-based company.
The spec also includes an improved line of sight for the driver.
Lightweight HV50B mixer by International Truck.
The spec also features an all-aluminum, lighter bumper used on its HX series and optimized front-suspension components — allowing for a lower hood height, which leads to increased visibility. The fuel water separator and air dryer also were mounted on the same bracket, saving the weight of multiple brackets and getting out of the way for concrete mixer hydraulics.
“A major concrete producer was excited about our HV series but had some constructive feedback regarding the chassis weight and line of sight for their application,” Mark Stasell, Navistar’s vice president of vocational truck business, said in a release. “As with all customer feedback, we took that challenge to heart and wanted to respond to these suggestions. We put together a small, passionate team and got creative from a design standpoint.” — Transport Topics
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