Maintainer Corporation of Iowa previewed a major redesign of its Lube Truck bodies at MINExpo International 2016 last month. Maintainer plans to begin production using the new design early in 2017.
A key component of the redesign was to reduce overall weight to allow customers to maximize payload while remaining in compliance with chassis limits and bridge laws. “The goal with this truck was to have full capacity and still be road legal, and we have achieved that with this new design,” said Nathan Schiermeyer, Maintainer’s Engineering Manager. “By using lighter, stronger materials in conjunction with more advanced finite element analysis (FEA), we have achieved a more efficient design for our customers.”
A noticeable update to the design is the new eight-sided fuel tank that will replace the traditional oval found on current models. “The new design results in a 21% weight savings in a 2,000-gal. tank, for example,” said Schiermeyer. “Plus, we realize these trucks can be rolling billboards for our customers, and the flat design will be easier for customers to decal.”
Other features include:
- Easier access to components with most functions available right at the reel box
- Extended step bumper removed and product moved lower to the ground to reduce the need to climb
- DuaLock Aluminum Drawer Sets added to organize tools and components
- Wider access steps to the bed