High-efficiency linehaul tandem drive axle

Meritor’s new 14XE HE high-efficiency linehaul tandem drive axle has shed 30 pounds from existing 14X models, and improved efficiency by 1.5%.

It comes with high-efficeincy bearings, the Meritor Lube Management system, precision-finished gearing, and ratios as low as 2.15 for aggressive downspeeding.

“Based on today’s diesel prices, a fleet with 1,000 trucks equipped with the 14X HE could realize US $1 million per year in fuel savings,” said Ken Hogan, vice president – rear drivetrain.

Many improvements were realized using laser welding to manufacture components. The axle’s ring gear is also laser-welded to the differential housing, creating a joint that eliminates fasteners and reduces oil churning losses, the company says. 

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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