KIRKLAND, Wash., March 12, 2012 – Seventeen, 50 and 55. For three road commission managers, those numbers are on their minds daily. They represent the miles of road they are responsible for; miles that they need to keep free of snow and potholes to keep daily commuters running smoothly.
One thing they all have in common is a limited number of vehicles and personnel, which means dependable equipment is vital to their operations. All recently purchased Kenworth T470s to improve their operations.
“We’re finding exceptional success with the Kenworth T470,” said Reid Nabarrete, Kenworth assistant general manager for marketing and sales. “It was designed to be the right fit for snowplow applications – competitively priced, and extremely durable. It’s a truck that’s new to a lot of municipalities and townships and they’re finding a lot of immediate benefits.”
Shown is the Kenworth T470 snowplow operated by Sandwich Township.
The Kenworth T470 has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) ranging from a heavy Class 7 vehicle at 33,000 lbs. up to a Class 8 truck of 68,000 lbs. The vehicle offers full parent rail extensions, delivering maximum resistance to bending moment (RBM) from one end of the rail to the other. Front axles are rated from 12,000 to 22,000 lbs., single rear axles from 21,000 to 30,000 lbs., and tandem rear axles from 40,000 to 46,000 lbs. A full range of manual and automatic transmissions are offered. The T470 is powered by a choice of PACCAR PX-8 and Cummins ISL9 engines rated between 260 and 380 hp and 660 to 1,300 lb-ft of torque.
“It’s a tough truck and has a stout front end to handle our 12-foot blade,” said Jerry Davis, road commissioner for the Sandwich Township, located 60 miles southwest of Chicago. “I’m responsible for 17 miles of road. Now, that might not seem like a lot, but we have 10,000 cars commute on the road daily, many on their way into Chicago. Last year, we had almost 50-inches of snow – on average it’s around 38 inches. When the snow hits, you have to be able to move and move quick. Often, small townships like ours need to keep their equipment up to 20 years. We replaced our oldest unit with the T470 and it works beautifully.”
As the only payroll employee, Davis drives the T470, while drivers “on-call” pilot the town’s other snowplow and grader. “The T470 is tight, quiet and very comfortable. Plus the turning radius is sharper than the other rigs. It’s a great addition to our township.”
Jim Schertz, highway commissioner for the Metamora Township with just over 4,000 residents and located in central Illinois, said the quality of a township’s snowplow can’t be underestimated.
“We bought our first Kenworth after looking at everything else out there,” Schertz said. “Kenworth really did its homework with the T470. It’s a truck of very high quality; a truck that is going to last. We’ve got 55 miles of road to plow and we keep our trucks for 15 years. For us, the T470 was the right truck at the right price.”
Jim Schertz, highway commissioner for the Metamora Township, said the quality of the township’s Kenworth T470 snowplow can’t be underestimated.
According to Schertz, the T470, which was spec’d with the Kenworth Extended Day Cab for even more driver comfort, is outfitted with an 11-foot front blade, and a 10-foot snow wing on the side of the truck. “The full parent frame rail extension really gives the truck a solid foundation,” he said. “The truck has been getting a lot of attention from other small towns and counties to see how it works for us. Everyone wants the best snowplow for their money; one that will last. We’re liking what we’re seeing.”
Tom Riegel (left), town chairman for the Town of Grant, and driver Roger Jerome are shown with the town’s Kenworth T470 snowplow.
Tom Riegel, town chairman for the Town of Grant, population 989 in northwestern Wisconsin, said towns like his need to get the biggest bang for their buck to maximize ever tightening budgets.
“I did a lot of research and made a lot of phone calls before deciding on the Kenworth T470. We’re small and wanted to make an educated decision on what was the best plow out there for our 50 miles of roads surrounding our community,” said Riegel. “We felt it was the T470. And from past experience while I was at the county highway department, I knew first-hand how well Kenworths held up. That department is still using a Kenworth built in 1969. It’s like a battleship. Always ready to go and bulletproof. It’s what we’re expecting out of our T470.”
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