Sterling Truck Corporation has unveiled a Condor front loader to the refuse industry. The Condor is Sterling's Class 8 low cab forward vehicle representing the pinnacle of refuse truck technology. Sterling exhibited a Condor with a front loader refuse body at the April 3-5 Waste Expo 2001 show in Chicago.
"The Sterling Condor is the ideal vehicle for front loaders and other refuse collection applications," said John Merrifield, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Sterling Truck Corporation and Western Star Trucks. 'With its numerous innovations and advanced features, the Condor delivers the performance and uptime sought after by these fleets."
According to Merrifield, the Condor presents distinct advantages to front loader and other refuse vehicle operators. These include:
The Sterling Condor features a vast, two-piece windshield and large side and rear windows.
A panoramic, 238-degree field of vision and over 43 square feet of glass are standard.
Optional rear window configurations can increase the amount of glass area to 47 square feet for a 273-degree field of vision.
Low cab forward design, set-back front axle and up to a 46-degree wheel cut combine to deliver tremendous maneuverability.
Greater maneuverability makes it easier to steer truck into position to pick up refuse containers -- also helps reduce operator fatigue.
Interior accommodates drivers from the 5th to 95th percentile in body size.
Plenty of leg, head and elbow room.
Copious storage space behind the seats; clipboard-sized molded door pockets and a center well between the front seats.
A flat, obstruction-free floor with safer access to the pedals and plenty of foot room.
Low cab height for easy entry and egress from the cab.
A unique third seat option that places the third vehicle occupant behind the right side seat.
Multiple Steering Configurations
Including left-hand steer, right-hand steer, dual steer, and left-hand steer with stand-up right-hand drive.
Corrosion-resistant aluminum cab.
Henrob fasteners used in the construction of the cab to further enhance durability.
Surface-mounted front clearance lamps and side-mounted auxiliary turn signals are protected from damage by their careful positioning.
Exterior mirrors fold inward if struck.
Specifications include 12,000 - 20,000-pound front axles; 21,000 - 70,000-pound rear axles and engine ratings to 380 horsepower.
Standard proprietary TufTrac rear suspension system.
Many no-maintenance systems to maximize productivity and uptime.
Vehicle is easily serviceable with highly accessible fluid checks/fills and a 42-degree cab tilt.
"We believe the Sterling Condor will delight front loader operators and refuse fleet managers alike," Merrifield said. "Operators will appreciate the vehicle's superb maneuverability, excellent lines of sight and in-cab comfort. Fleet managers will value the truck's durability and toughness as well as its productivity and safety advantages."
Besides commercial front loaders, other refuse industry applications of the Sterling Condor include rears loaders, side loaders, automated residential loaders and roll-off containers. The vehicle also can accommodate front snowplow mounts, often needed by refuse fleets in northern climates which utilize dual-purpose equipment.
Sterling will sell and service the Condor through the Sterling North American dealer network. The vehicle will be backed by Sterling's comprehensive commitment to customer support.
The new Condor joins a host of offerings from Sterling for the refuse industry. Sterling also offers the vocationally-oriented L-Line Class 7 & 8 conventionals, as well as the Class 5-8 Acterra, which are used in a variety of refuse applications.