Introduced last week at the 2013 Canadian Waste and Recycling Expo in Montreal, Mack says its new rear loader offers refuse-hauling customers a cost-effective vehicle that’s also tough. The Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD) rear loader offers a reduced weight option for refuse companies and municipalities wanting a truck built for lighter-duty cycles, such as short inner-city routes or for service in smaller towns. Because the Granite MHD has lighter-weight components than other refuse models, it offers a less expensive alternative to help fleets increase their return on investment.
The clean back-of-cab design of the Granite MHD accommodates a range of body options and makes the vehicle particularly well-suited to rear-loader applications. Available in 4×2 or 6×4 configurations, the truck is equipped with a Cummins ISL9 345-hp engine with a maximum torque rating of 1150 lb ft. The MHD rear loader is available in a class 7 configuration when configured as a 4×2.
The MHD rear loader’s cab is said to offer improved driver comfort because it’s mounted on airbags and shocks. With a short bumper-to-tire distance, the MHD rear loader has a superior front-end swing clearance and an excellent wheel cut that allows it to maneuver in and out of tight collection sites.