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February 20, 2019   |   Construction Equipment Guide

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Freightliner M2 106 Performs with Detroit DD8


The new Freightliner replaces a 1999 International 4900, and “it’s like driving a Cadillac now,” he said.

No wonder: The Freightliner has a gutsy 350-horsepower Detroit diesel and an Allison 6-speed automatic transmission, and it really scoots.

“It doesn’t lack for power,” Young said. He likes the ease of the automatic transmission “but sometimes I miss the manual,” a 5-speed that the old International has. “I keep reaching with my foot for the clutch pedal. And when you start spinning, you can put it in a higher gear. But I’ll get used to this.” 

Medium-duty trucks with plow mounts and in-cab controls have been staples of municipalities for many years, not just for snow removal but also to haul dirt, sand, gravel, and asphalt to road and utility work sites. This unit—with its chromed bumper, polished aluminum wheels, and bright-metal trim—is  fancier than what most municipalities run, but Bennington Township took it that way. It looks as good sitting outside its shop building in Marengo, a village near Interstate 71 northeast of Columbus, as it does working on the township’s 25 miles of roads.

 

 

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