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Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT)  /  March 10, 2020

International Truck’s new lightweight HV50B mixer package removes over 1,000 pounds of weight from the vehicle, with engineering optimizations that allow drivers to haul up to 9.75 cubic yards of concrete while staying under 66,000 pounds GVW.

These changes allow customers to increase their revenue by $750 per truck, per day, as well as increase safety with an improved line of sight for the driver. The new spec was designed to focus on the customer, an idea that stemmed from a conversation between International and a potential customer.

“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,” said Mark Stasell, vice president, vocational truck business at Navistar. “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.”

The new configuration features an all-aluminum, lighter bumper that is used on the International HX series. The front suspension components have also been optimized, allowing for a lower hood height and increased visibility for the driver. The fuel water separator and air dryer were also mounted on the same bracket, saving the weight of multiple brackets and getting out of the way for concrete mixer hydraulics. The design team also optimized crossmember locations, further reducing the weight of the chassis and leading to reduce costs for the customer, as truck equipment manufacturers do not need to relocate crossmembers.

“With this spec, we were able to reduce the weight of our vehicle without compromising any job site performance,” said Stasell. “Reduced vehicle weight means heavier loads per trip and per truck, which directly improves our customers’ bottom lines.”

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International Announces Lightweight Spec for HV Series

Transport Topics  /  March 10, 2020

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.

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.

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