The vocational truck market is highly competitive as the manufacturers try to continuously improve their models in order to keep the truckers satisfied. But apart from the engines, chassis and payloads which play a major role in the trucking industry, there is one thing that is more important than anything else. And that’s the vehicle’s reliability.
Volvo was always appreciated for two things, namely the safety and reliability of its vehicles. This is why the company continues to play a major role on the vocational market as its VHD model is one of the most appreciated and strong built trucks in its segment.
The truck is available in two versions including the VHD Standard and the VHD 430 which is available with both Day and Sleeper cab configurations.
The severe duty trucks are a breed of their own. These trucks are built to endure the most arduous working conditions and to get the toughest jobs done without whining. To be able to perform at this level, the vehicles need a strongest chassis, capable suspensions and powerful and reliable engines.
The International Workstar is part of this family and it was designed as a versatile line of severe work trucks, from medium duty to heavy duty applications (class 7 and 8). The truck is available with multiple chassis and suspensions configurations in which make it suited for a wide range of applications including construction, refuse or municipal activities. The International WorkStar is available in five versions namely the 7300, 7400, 7500, 7600 and 7700. All versions use the same platform, but they have different engine outputs, axles and suspension setups.
Freightliner has made available the Eaton UltraShift PLUS Vocational series automated transmission for the 114SD and Coronado SD models. The UltraShift PLUS transmission was designed especially for vocational applications and features extended low and reverse gear rations which make it perfect even for the most demanding work situations.
TJ Reed, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks said, “With options like the UltraShift PLUS Vocational series of transmissions, we provide our customers spec choices to ensure they can meet the demands of the toughest jobs. Strength, driveability, durability, and flat out bottom line efficiency are the core of our SD Series of trucks. Freightliner Trucks continues to expand its SD Series of products to meet the demands of our vocational customers.”
For maximum performances, the transmission features smooth and fast gear changes and is combined with the company’s shift logic which constantly adapts the gear changes according to the payload, grade and power to offer maximum performances with low fuel consumption. The UltraShift PLUS Vocational transmission also comes with a series of useful features which include hill start aid, auto neutral and automatic, manual and low modes.
The CT660 model is the first vocational truck built by Cat for the American market. Caterpillar has already a solid experience in building construction equipment and despite the fact that many people still consider its new model just an International with a new hood and another badge, the CT660 is able to make a compelling case for itself.
Available with a wide range of specifications, it can be configured to match almost any vocational application required as it’s ready to go head to head with the toughest jobs as a dump truck, concrete mixer, waste carrier or all-around heavy hauler.
The truck is priced at $157000 and is offered with a choice of two CAT CT engines based on MaxxForce units which develop between 330 – 475 hp.
The Western Star 4700 vocational model was engineered to meet the highest standards for construction and municipal applications. Western Star was already known for its reliable trucks and the 4700 makes no exception, being hand built with maximum attention to every detail. The truck is available in both SF (set forward axle) and SB (set BACK axle) configurations, and was designed especially for snow plow, dump, mixer, roll-off, crane and sewer vacuum applications.
The Western Star 4700 is offered with a choice of Detroit and Cummins engines with maximum outputs between 260-350 hp. The 4700 is priced around $110.000 and has a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of up to 64,000 pounds.
The Coronado is Freightliner’s traditional on-highway truck and features an aerodynamic design, a spacious cab and a wide range of powerful engines. In the last years, the truck has been continuously improved as Freightliner added a host of advanced technologies and a wide range of enhancements to make it able to go head to head with success against the other trucks in the segment.
The Freightliner Coronado is suited for a wide area of applications such as local or single-trailer distributions or major B-double line haul jobs. The engines available for Freightliner’s rig are either the Detroit Diesel DD15 or Cummins ISX units with power options ranging from 485-600 hp.
The Freightliner Coronado is priced around $120.000 and is available in three cab versions (Day, Extended and Sleeper) with four heights configurations.
The Titan is the latest big rig launched by Mack and has made its debut in 2008. The truck was built for the toughest applications and is equipped with the powerful 6 cylinder MP10 which has a maximum output of 605 hp.
The Titan is one of the most reliable trucks from the market and its strong build quality and the imposing design suits perfectly to its rugged character. Thanks to its versatile nature, the Mack Titan is ideal for logging, oil field, heavy equipment and severe, heavy-haul applications. The Mack Titan has a starting price of $147.000 and is available in three trim levels including the Pedigree, Champion and the luxury Rawhide.
Mack trucks are seen with pretty good eyes by the truckers, thanks to their capable performances and the solid built quality. One of the toughest models built by the company is the Granit which was designed for medium duty refuse and construction applications.
The truck features a conventional cab design and is available with both axle forward and axle back configurations for enhanced versatility. The Mack Granite is available with the MP 7 and MP 8 engine Series which offer maximum outputs between 325-485 hp. Thanks to a solid chassis and a wide area of transmissions and PTOs (power take off) available, the tuck is highly versatile and can be used for a wide range of missions. The Mack Granit is also available with a range of nine frame rail options depending on your needs.
Freightliner has announced that has made available the powerful Cummins ISX12 engine for its Cascadia day cab truck. The Cummins ISX12 has a capacity of 12 liters and was designed especially for heavy duty requirements and for long haul operations. The engine offers high power and torque ouptuts at relatively low rpms and pretty low fuel consumption.
Talking about the new addition, TJ Reed, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks said: “We want to give our customers the best tools to be as productive as possible, and the Cummins ISX12 is yet another option that benefits overall profitability. The engine’s impressive fuel economy improvements and powerful performance makes it a smart choice for the Cascadia.”
The common rail engine features an electronically activated VGT turbocharger and develops between 310-425 hp with a maximum torque of 1650 lb-ft.
The Freightliner Cascadia was already available with a range of four engines including the Detroit DD13, Detroit DD15, Detroit DD16 and the Cummins ISX15.
The Freightliner 114SD is the evil brother of the already rugged 108SD model. Compared to its smaller brother, the 114SD is stronger and more capable, having a maximum GVW (gross vehicle weight) rating of up to 91.000 lbs.
The truck is available with a wide range of engines including the Detroit DD13, Cummins ISC, ISL and the efficient ISL-G units. The company says that the 108SD has been put through rigorous testing to make it one of the most performant and reliable trucks in its class and judging by the positive market response they are not far from the truth. The truck is priced around $120,000 and is available in Day Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab configurations.