REDFORD, MICH. – Dec. 10, 2008 – Madison Motors has always been quick to the scene of traffic breakdowns, clearing the lanes in order to keep people moving. So, when the call came in about a broken down, 80,000-pound paver, the company didn’t hesitate to accept the job.
Since purchasing its first Western Star® 4900 SA in October 2005 for heavy-haul towing, Fremont, Ohio-based Madison Motors is capable of handling jobs that normally required two trucks.
“I was looking for a wrecker that could really take on anything,” said Rick Seitz, president of Madison Motors. “We’re often called to handle huge commercial vehicles, like tractor-trailers or buses, and they require a tough, dependable truck with a lot of towing capacity. Purchasing a Western Star has increased our profitability for these extreme jobs.”
Madison Motors utilizes a specialized wrecker body with a sliding rotator crane built by NRC. The wrecker body has precise specifications and Seitz worked closely with Western Star to build the perfect truck. The 4900 SA features a 550 horsepower Caterpillar engine, Chalmers rear-suspension, twin steering with a pusher axle and an Eaton-Fuller RTLO transmission. The finishing touches included custom Madison Motors graphics, polished aluminum wheels and flotation tires.
“The truck’s front-end capacity and a wide, solid wheel-base were very important,” Seitz said. “We’ve had our Western Star pull up to 154,000 lbs. and haven’t maxed-out yet.”
Another key reason for choosing Western Star, according to Seitz, is the dealer experience and access to maintenance through our dealer Midway, Inc., located in nearby Monroeville, Ohio. Midway is one of the more than 300 Western Star dealers throughout North America, where customers can find genuine parts and unsurpassed service.
“Owning the truck is a great experience,” he said. “It hasn’t let me down. Between the performance and the dealer support, there is no downside to my Western Star. I would definitely buy again.”
Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Redford, Mich., produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.