Raydan’s suspensions and tandemization process growing

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EDMONTON, Alta. — 2004 Raydan Manufacturing Inc. announced recently that Calgary Peterbilt has booked an additional 26 trucks into Raydan’s new chassis modification facility.

This order raises the total number of front end tandemizations that the dealer has ordered to 37, with the first 11 having already been successfully completed and delivered in 2004.

Raydan will add a second steer axle and their uniquely engineered spring suspension to the 26 new Peterbilt 357 trucks, increasing the front end load capacity to 40,000 lb. They will then be rigged up for use as pump trucks in the Canadian oilfield.

“Construction of our new 12,000 sq.ft. chassis modification facility is well underway,” said Ray English, Raydan’s president and CEO. “The demand for tandem vocational trucks is growing in a wide variety of applications, and Raydan is preparing to meet that demand. Regulations are changing at both provincial and federal levels, and as a result, we are seeing a significant increase in demand for tandemizations. Revenue from these Peterbilt trucks alone is over $550,000, and this additional order gives our chassis modification division a strong start for the next fiscal year.”

As well as tandemizations, Raydan’s Chassis Modification Centre engineers a variety of other heavy vehicle modifications, including frame stretches, adding or replacing axles, retrofitting Air Link suspensions, and front and rear drive axle conversions. Raydan can also fabricate finishing touches such as fenders and battery boxes in order to complete clients’ modification projects.

The Air Link has been standard equipment with Link-Belt Cranes, Grove Worldwide and Terex Cranes since 1998 for both the front and rear of their truck crane models, and the fire rescue industry has also been quick to see the benefits of using the Air Link. Raydan’s focus is now on the vocational truck market.

The Air Link is currently offered as an option through Mack Trucks, Inc., International Truck & Engine Co., Freightliner, Sterling, and Western Star. Raydan continues to work closely with their global licensing, marketing and manufacturing partner, ArvinMeritor, Inc. and other truck OEMs to expand availability of its products.

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