Two weeks back at the WasteExpo 2015 conference, Mack Trucks introduced the Mack LR low-entry cabover refuse model, built specifically to meet the challenges of refuse customers who require enhanced maneuverability, increased driver comfort and improved visibility. Designed with extensive input from refuse-hauling customers, the LR is now available in three-axle 6×4 configurations and can be powered by diesel or natural gas.
The new model “is the latest example of our commitment to application excellence,” said Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America. “At Mack, we work hard to understand our customers’ needs and build durable, dependable trucks that get the job done.” Customer feedback allowed in this case for safety, comfort and productivity enhancments, Roy added.
The LR model was also designed with body builders in mind, offering additional access points and mounting locations for wiring, controls and joysticks. Mack’s body-builder-support group is available to simplify the process and ensure seamless communication among body builders, dealers and customers.
The cab’s enhanced driver environment includes tilt and telescopic steering columns, power windows and power 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 the right-hand and left-hand driving positions enhance gauge visibility and improve ergonomics, while centrally-mounted radio and HVAC controls, accessible from both driving positions, contribute to a comfortable, driver-focused cab environment. The rear cab windows now wrap around the rear cab corners, improving driver visibility.
The 11-liter Mack MP7 diesel engine is standard in the LR model, delivering 325-345 hp and 1,200-1,280 lb.-ft. of torque. The Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine is optional. The LR model is equipped with an Allison RDS five-speed or six-speed automatic transmission.