Freightliner Trucks says its SD severe-duty truck lineup has the right solution for the toughest weather—featuring best-in-class visibility, enhanced maneuverability for tight situations, and many other industry-specific innovations.
The Freightliner 108 Severe Duty, typically used for a 4x2 city plow or spreader, is ideal for one-way front plows with short BBC and small bore engines, and can be spec’d with an engine that runs up to 330 hp.
Freightliner’s 114SD is ideal for larger 6x4 front plows, mid-mount wing plows, belly scrapers and large-capacity spreaders. “Typically used for highway and interstate clearing, the 114SD utilizes up to a 13L engine displacement with ratings up to 470 hp and 1650 lb-ft torque,” says Mark Faro, vocational segment manager for Freightliner Trucks.
Both Freightliner SD models include several features that enhance overall operational efficiency. For instance, a front engine PTO drives the plow blade hydraulic pump, and inside/outside air intake helps maintain engine performance during snow removal operations. “The steel reinforced cab, integral front frame extension and snow plow crossmember behind the cab further reinforce the trucks’ strength and durability,” Faro adds.
The trucks offer superior visibility with large, 2,500-square-inch windshields and an aerodynamic sloped hood. Plow light wiring hook-ups power the driving lights when the headlights are blocked by plow blades, and a heated windshield with arctic wiper blades prevents ice buildup and allows smooth wiper operation.
“With shifts often lasting 12 hours or more, the 114SD and 108SD are designed with the driver in mind,” Faro points out. “Features such as multi-adjustable seating options, easily accessible gauges and controls, and a T-handle shift within easy reach minimize driver fatigue and contribute to overall comfort.”