Fast Trucking Sidebar: Kenworth C500 Hard To Stop, Even in Deep Mud
| January 21, 2008 |
The pride of Fast Trucking™s fleet is a mammoth, all-wheel drive Kenworth C500 Twin-Steer designed to haul loads in excess of 150,000 pounds through the muck and mud of Saskatchewan backcountry.
I™ve seen the Kenworth C500 with its wheels buried in more than five feet of mud, and it just keeps going, said Day, whose company put the C500 and its brute power into service in February 2007.
Featuring a tandem front axle and tandem rear axle configuration, the truck can crawl out of just about any situation. Drive tires that are nearly 5 feet tall feature a tread pattern that more closely resemble those used in competitive tractor pulls. The tandem steer axles and large steer floatation tires help maneuver around challenging terrain.
Powered by a 550-hp engine and driven through a 6-speed automatic transmission with a 4-speed auxiliary transmission with a 2-speed drop box behind that, the Kenworth C500 is ge