Western Star Trucks announced the availability of its new Extreme Duty (XD) Off-road package and the launch of the MBT-40 Transformer chassis. The XD Off-road package is engineered specifically for extremely rugged environments and is available on Western Star’s 4900 and 6900 models. (The company said it plans to offer the XD Off-road package on other models in the future.) The 6900XD Off-road MBT-40, dubbed the Multibody Transformer for its ability to quickly change from one fully functional in-cab controlled body application to another, is the first XD Offroad series offering from Western Star and a new concept for off-road equipment markets. Using a Palfinger G68 hooklift with a lifting capacity of 68,000 lb and a new Transformer package, the MBT-40 is designed to eliminate the need for multiple items of dedicated off-road equipment that may sit, unused, for long periods on a job site. With this new product, complex and high-capacity bodies can be changed over and back to work quickly and easily, according to the company.
The unit is equipped with a generic in-cab control system and a self-adapting hydraulic system that enables operators to quickly and easily swap the controls of multiple body applications. The MBT-40 features multiple hydraulic air and electrical connections that allow it to connect and power a variety of body needs from powerful flow-controlled hydraulic motors and pumps to heavy high-flow tip cylinders.
The model 6900XD is available in both 6 x 4 and 6 x 6 configurations.