LIVONIA, Mich., May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Bigge Crane and Rigging, a premier On - Off Hwy Heavy Haul specialist in the USA, uses the Western Star 6900 Tractors with the Fabco FAT-30 for moving 250,000 lbs to 1,300,000 lbs Gross Combination Weights (GCW) on a regular basis. When the FAT-30 is matched up with today's high horse power and high torque engines, new and more robust automatic transmissions, and increased GCW capable axles; only road-legal single and double sized tractors are needed for today's heavy hauls.
Fabco Automotive designed the FAT-30 with twice the torque capacity of the (2) and (4) speed auxiliary transmissions traditionally used by the heavy haul industry; a market that is accustomed to transmissions that overheat, explode, and even twist out of the frame due to consistently working near or above capacity. In addition to major safety concerns, these down-time events can be expensive.
"There is significant costs associated with the extra trucks, backup transmissions, lost time, and penalties that occur when there's a breakdown during the haul," says Vance Bingham, a Fabco representative who specializes in working with Heavy Haul Customers and OEM truck builders. "With over 50 FAT-30 transmissions in operation since 2015, we've seen how the FAT-30 can eliminate much of the costs and maintenance worries related to using older (2) and (4) speed boxes that are being operated well above designed specifications."
Historically, large 12' wide off-road tractors have been the only vehicles offering high torque powertrains suitable for on-road heavy haul. The FAT-30 now provides high power density in a compact footprint.
The FAT-30 can regularly handle up to 30,000 ft-lbs of input torque for sustained periods of time without difficulty. The advanced cooling requirements keep the auxiliary transmission cool and the severe duty installation system keeps the box in the frame.
In addition to the on - off highway heavy haul market, the FAT-30 is currently used in the oil fields of Canada and the Middle East, and for mining in North America. It's also suited for extreme logging and other applications in agriculture as well as stationary industrial and oil field equipment.
Fabco Automotive Corporation is a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of drivetrain systems, power transmission gearboxes, and related components serving commercial, industrial, agricultural, and military vehicle markets worldwide. They are a leading supplier of medium- and heavy-duty on- and off-road axles, transfer cases, split-shaft power take off units, auxiliary transmissions, creeper drives, and power dividers to OEM's, specialty truck body builders, truck modification and equipment providers, and other vocational experts. Fabco products are especially suited for severe-duty, high-mobility, high-torque, all-wheel-drive configurations. For more information about Fabco Automotive, please visit www.fabcoautomotive.com.
Contact: John Conner, Fabco Automotive
Phone: +1 (248) 477-9900
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