Kenworth is adding a factory installed twin steer configuration to its T880S vocational model. The Kenworth T880S Twin Steer features a set-forward front axle with a 61-in. axle spread to maximize payload.
The Kenworth T880S Twin Steer offers a 114-in. BBC, which the company says allows larger bodies to be installed farther forward and closer to the cab.
The 61-in. axle spread enables customers in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia to get a factory built T880S Twin Steer that meets Western Canadian tandem axle requirements, specifically for ready-mix application, the company said. It also means that the Kenworth T880S chassis can be upfitted much faster, saving between three and six weeks in delivery times to the body builder versus alternative options, Kenworth added.
According to Kenworth, applications the T880S Twin Steer is suited for include ready mix, block trucks, cranes, and concrete pumpers.
“We strive to enhance productivity for our customers whenever we can. Kenworth has a long history of building factory twin steers, including the 72-in. axle spread available on our set-back axle T800 and C500 models,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director.
The Kenworth T880S Twin Steer’s front axles are rated at 40,000 lbs. The front end components, including axles, springs, and steering gears are shared with non-twin steer T880S. The front suspension is “equalized” between the front and rear steer axles for greater driver comfort and payload distribution between the two.