OPTION FROM MACK
Low-entry, cabover LR series, successor to TerraPro low entry, coming
to market in 2015
BY JACK BURKE
Mack Trucks has developed a new series of low-entry cabover refuse trucks that
will replace the company’s TerraPro
Low Entry model.
The new LR series will initially be
available in three-axle 6x4 configurations and powered either by diesel
or natural gas engines, said Curtis
Dorwart, refuse product marketing
manager for Mack. The new line will
be available in 2015 — a specific
date will be released later.
Although the TerraPro Low Entry
vehicle is being replaced, the company will continue to offer the TerraPro
Dorwart said Mack captured customer input during the design and
engineering phases of the new series
and used the feedback to incorporate
characteristics that operators find to
be key in a refuse truck related to
driver comfort, efficient operation and
visibility and safety.
The Mack LR model will be spec’d
with an 11 L Mack MP7 six-cylinder
diesel engine with a bore and stroke
of 123 x 152 mm. The engine can
achieve 325 to 345 hp and has torque
ratings from 1200 to 1280 lb.ft.
The Cummins Westport 8. 9 L ISL
G six-cylinder natural gas engine
will also be an option. The 320 hp
engine has a peak torque rating of
1000 lb.ft. and a bore and stroke of
114 x 144.5 mm.
All LR models will be equipped
with an Allison RDS five- or six-speed automatic transmission. The
LR series will be available with left-hand drive, right-hand drive, dual-drive and left-hand drive/right-hand
stand-up drive configurations.
The LR series vehicles will be available with Mack FXL front axles, and
Mack C150/151 rear axles or Meritor
axles. Mack plans to add a 4x2 configuration to the line at some point,
Designed with refuse body build-ers in mind, the LR offers additional
access points and mounting locations
for wiring, controls and joysticks. The
LR series cab will include tilt and telescopic steering, power windows and
door locks, memory mirrors, in-dash
air conditioning, standard in-cab LED
lighting and an instrument cluster with
color LCD display.
Steering column-mounted main
gauge pods for both the right- and left-hand driving positions are designed
to enhance operator visibility and
improve ergonomics, the company
said. Centrally mounted radio and
HVAC controls, accessible from both
driving positions, are also designed to
contribute to a comfortable, operator-focused cab environment.
The LR series cab also will include
center storage for lunch coolers,
2.0 L bottles, beverage cups, mobile
phones and MP3 players. A rear-wall unit offers two additional levels of storage. The cab doors are
designed to make driver ingress and
“Refuse vehicle customers and
their drivers want a comfortable, safe
work environment, great visibility
and controls where they need them,”
Dorwart said. “All of these elements
were taken into consideration and
incorporated into the design of the
new Mack LR series.” dp
Mack Trucks said it would release its new LR series of low-entry refuse trucks sometime in
2015. The new trucks will initially be available in three-axle 6x4 configurations with diesel
or natural gas engine options.