Western Star teams with J&J Truck Bodies to build extreme-duty truck

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Western Star Trucks announced March 11 that it is collaborating with J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers to build the ultimate truck for extreme-duty 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; the 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 emissions ratings, a fully automatic Allison 4500 RDS transmission and a purpose-built dump box. With this configuration, the truck is a cost-effective turnkey solution for mining and quarry customers, the companies say.

“Western Star is known for its rugged construction and durability, and this is the first time we’ve offered a body program that caters specifically to the extreme-duty operator,” says Chuck Whitehead, vocational segment manager for Redford, Mich.-based Western Star Trucks.

The 6900 XD can be up to 35 percent more fuel-efficient than traditional off-road haulers with haul distances exceeding one mile, according to Western Star; the superior fuel economy, combined with stable loaded top speeds of more than 40 miles per hour in the proper application, makes this truck unmatched in cycle time efficiency.

“Our bodies are an ideal complement to Western Star vocational and extreme-duty trucks,” says Bill Riggs, president of Somerset, Pa.-based J&J Truck Bodies. “Together, we now offer customers the ability to carry heavier payloads and conquer the toughest road terrain.”

Optional configurations include higher-capacity dump bodies and right-hand drive for export applications. The 6900 XD extreme-duty dump currently is available for order. For more information, go to www.westernstar.com or call 866-850-7827.