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 Off-road series offering from Western Star and a new concept for off-road equipment markets. Using a Palfinger G68 hook-lift, which has a lifting capacity of 68,000 lb and a new transformer package, the MBT-40 gives customers greater use of their chassis. It is designed to replace the need for having multiple pieces of dedicated off-road equipment on a job site that sit for long periods of time when they are not needed. With this new product, extremely complex and heavy-capacity bodies can be changed over and back to work quickly and easily.

The unit is equipped with a generic in-cab control system and a self-adapting hydraulic system that also allows the operators to quickly and easily swap the controls of multiple body applications as well. 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 MBT-40 package is a game changer in construction applications for its ability to be multiple pieces of equipment in one chassis,” said John Tomlinson, XD and vocational sales manager, Western Star. “The development of this platform was all about finding better economic ways of filling needs for our customers. Off-road chassis equipment can be expensive to buy and maintain, and new emissions levels are making the investment even more costly. By maximizing the operation time, customers can have the equipment they need always for when it is required. Mining, quarry and off-road construction industries are looking for better solutions right now and we have the answers for them with this new product.”

“Working with Western Star on this open platform concept product has been great. CARCO Industries is very experienced in mining and off-road fuel and service products along with carrying the Palfinger crane lines,” said Charlie Schimmels, sales manager, CARCO Industries. “This combination of experience and product along with the rugged design and carrying capacity of the XD40 Off-road chassis offered by Western Star makes the MBT-40 package a very unique product. With commodity prices down and budget cuts becoming commonplace, we need to think smarter about how we do business and the MBT-40 does that.” The 6900XD is available in both 6 x 4 and 6 x 6 configurations.