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

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Western Star Trucks announced this week, that it is collaborating with J&J Truck Bodies & Traile...


Western Star's partnership with J&J allows for improved fuel economy in heavy-duty mining applications, the companies announced.
Western Star's partnership with J&J allows for improved fuel economy in heavy-duty mining applications, the companies announced.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Western Star Trucks announced this week, that it is collaborating with J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers to build what the two companies refer to as the “ultimate truck for extreme-duty mining and quarry applications.”

The partnership is intended to offer a Western Star 6900 XD, paired with a heavy-duty dump body from J&J. The 6900 XD 40-tonne dump is designed to minimize the cost per tonne of material hauled, and maximize shift productivity through efficient fuel consumption, fast cycle times, and improved operator comfort, according to collaborative reports.

Key specifications include 110,000-lb planetary drive axles, a Detroit diesel Series 60 engine with Tier 3 off-highway emission ratings, a fully-automatic Allison 4500 RDS transmission, and a purpose-built dump box. With this configuration, the truck is promoted to offer a “cost-effective, turnkey solution for mining and quarry customers,” according to the vocational segment manager for Western Star Trucks.

“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,” said Chuck Whitehead.

Western Star also indicates that the 6900 XD can be up to 35% more fuel efficient than traditional off-road haulers, when haul distances exceed one mile. An efficient fuel economy, combined with stable loaded top speeds of more than 40 mph in the proper application, makes this truck “unmatched in cycle time efficiency,” according to the president of J&J Truck Bodies.

“Our bodies are an ideal complement to Western Star vocational and extreme-duty trucks,” said Bill Riggs. “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 configurations for export.


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