Mack Trucks has unveiled a Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD) rear loaded. The truck was showcased last week at the 2013 Canadian Waste and Recycling Expo.

According to Mack, the Granite MHD rear loader offers a reduced weight option for refuse companies and municipalities desiring a truck built for lighter-duty cycles, such as short inner-city routes or for service in smaller towns. Because the Granite MHD has lighter weight components than other refuse models, it offers an economic alternative to help fleets increase their return on investment, the company added.

“The MHD rear loader is a complement to the existing Mack refuse product line that includes the Mack Granite and the Mack TerraPro cabover and low entry vehicles,” said Curtis Dorwart, Mack refuse marketing product manager. “This tough, lightweight truck is a customized option for our refuse customers who need a vehicle that is ideal for shorter routes and lower gross payload. We feel that it’s important to provide a complete offer of lighter- and heavier-duty refuse vehicles so we can tailor the truck to the application.”

Available in 4x2 or 6x4 configurations, the truck is equipped with a Cummins ISL9 345-hp. engine with a maximum torque rating of 1,150 lbs.-ft. In 4x2 configuration, the vehicle is available as a Class 7 rating.

The MHD rear loader’s cab also offers improved driver comfort because it is mounted on airbags and shocks.

“Mack has been in the refuse business for more than100 years, supplying industry-leading solutions to best meet customers’ needs,” said John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing. “As the clear market leader in refuse today, Mack vehicles are designed and spec’d for the particular requirements of our customers. The Mack Granite MHD rear loader is just another great example of the purposeful design of our trucks and of our commitment to supplying a full range of products to meet the needs of the refuse industry.”