At the WasteExpo show, which ended May 1 in Atlanta, Mack Trucks previewed the new LR series of low-entry cabover refuse trucks.
Initially in three-axle 6×4 configurations and powered either by diesel or natural gas, the Mack LR series will be available in 2015. Mack utilized customer input during the design and engineering phases of the series to highlight the characteristics core to a refuse truck – outstanding driver comfort, efficient operation and exceptional visibility and safety. Said Stephen Roy, Mack’s North American sales and marketing president, “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 new 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 a 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. Storage options in-cab with include center storage for lunch coolers, two-liter bottles, beverage cups, mobile phones and MP3 players. A rear-wall unit offers two additional levels.
Engine options are slated to include the Mack MP7 11-liter diesel and Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine, with Allison RDS five- or six-speed automatic transmissions.