Ontario fleet takes new Paccar MX engine on a milk run

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KITCHENER, Ont. — Ontario-based bulk liquid food and milk hauler Stotesbury Transfer has become one of the first Canadian carriers to run the new Paccar MX engine in its fleet of Kenworth T800s, Kenworth has announced.

Driver Rob Pettigrew is one of the first Canadians to put the new Paccar engine through its paces, and he says he’s impressed.

“When I get it up to speed on the highway between Kitchener and Toronto, I don’t have to touch the gear again until I get close to Toronto – not even when I am going up two mile-long Keele Street Hill with its 4% grade,” he said.

The 12.9-litre Paccar MX is rated at 485 hp with 1,650 lb.-ft. of torque and is matched with an 18-speed transmission. Pettigrew generally grosses about 139,000 lbs.

Stotesbury runs 23 Class 8 tractors and tanker trucks, eight of which run locally picking up fresh milk while 15 power units are deployed as far away as the Midwestern and Southeastern US. The fleet consists of a mix of extended day cabs and trucks with 62- and 72-inch AeroCab sleepers.

“Ever since we first started running Kenworth trucks years ago, we’ve been pleased with their reliability and durability,” owner Bruce Stotesbury said. “Even though we keep our trucks for 10 years, we have people coming to us wanting to buy our Kenworth trucks when we’re done. It’s partly because we take good care of our trucks, but it’s also because Kenworth makes durable trucks that people want.”

He credits local dealer Kenworth of Kitchener and its parent company Kenworth of Toronto for backing the trucks with solid support.



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