At this year's Waste Expo 2014, Mack Trucks previewed the new Mack® LR series of low-entry cabover refuse trucks designed with the driver, customer and demands of the rigorous job in mind. Initially available in three-axle 6x4 configurations and powered either by diesel or natural gas, the Mack LR series will be available in 2015.
Mack says they captured customer input during the design and engineering phases of the new LR series and utilized the feedback to highlight the characteristics core to a refuse truck – outstanding driver comfort, efficient operation and exceptional visibility and safety.
“The Mack LR series showcases what Mack does best – building rugged, robust trucks to the exact specifications of the application and the customer,” said Stephen Roy, president, Mack Trucks North American Sales and Marketing. “The new cab will be configured to improve driver comfort and productivity, while also maintaining the excellent maneuverability identified with Mack refuse models.”
Designed with body builders in mind, the LR offers additional access points and mounting locations for wiring, controls, and joysticks. The LR series cab’s enhanced driver environment 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-hand and left-hand driving positions will enhance driver visibility and improve ergonomics. Centrally mounted radio and HVAC controls, accessible from both driving positions, will further contribute to a comfortable, driver-focused cab environment.
The LR series cab also will feature center storage for lunch coolers, two-liter bottles, beverage cups, mobile phones and MP3 players. A rear-wall unit offers two additional levels of storage. The large cab doors will make driver ingress and egress easier.
The Mack LR model will be spec’d with a Mack MP7 11-liter diesel engine with 325 to 345 horsepower and torque ratings from 1,200 to 1,280 lb.-ft. The Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine will also be option. All LR models are will be equipped with an Allison RDS five-speed 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.
“Refuse vehicle customers and their drivers want a comfortable, safe work environment, great visibility and controls where they need them,” said Curtis Dorwart, Mack refuse product marketing manager. “All of these elements were taken into consideration and incorporated into the design of the new Mack LR series.”