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“We have a fleet of more than 450 trucks, mostly Kenworth T800 and W900S models,” said Jim Dewall, Cemstone fleet manager, who has been with the company for 20 years. “We started buying T800s back in 1994 when Kenworth and Rihm Kenworth worked with us to build an all-wheel drive T800 mixer, which gave us a competitive edge in our market by handling well in mud, snow and sand. We did a lot of jobs then which required off-road concrete pours – we didn’t have the big concrete booms we have today. Traction was important and we were the first company in our area to run a 6×6.”
While Kenworth T800s are still stalwarts in the fleet, Cemstone has more recently specified Kenworth W900S mixers with set-forward axles. “The W900S is a great set up for our bridge laws and we can carry about 11 yards of concrete,” said Dewall. “And, with a recent change in our length laws (from 40 feet to 45 feet), we’ll be able to add another pusher axle in our future truck orders, which will allow us to haul up to 3,000 more pounds, or 11-3/4 yards, of payload. That will be a big boost to productivity.”
Dewall said his current fleet of Kenworth’s have withstood the test of time. “We still have many of our original Kenworth T800s,” he said. “They may have gone through a couple mixer barrels and feature a second coat of paint, but they still perform and are reliable. We put a lot of trust in these Kenworths and they’ve paid us back in reliability and consistency,” he said. “Kenworth trucks are easy to work on, and since the cabs are constructed of aluminum, we don’t have the rust problems other truck brands might have. Kenworth trucks remain our truck of choice based on how they hold up, their productivity, serviceability, and driver acceptance.”
Source: Kenworth Truck Company