International Truck and Engine Corp. has reintroduced the famous PayStar brand first rolled out in the '70s as the new designation for all International 5000 Series trucks. The OEM has also unveiled lightweight PayStar mixer packages.

The new International PayStar lightweight packages shed pounds vs. the current offerings thanks mainly to a new engine offering — the 330-hp Cummins ISL. Additionally, the OEM said a 12-in. frame will allow the PayStar 5500 model to haul 10 yards of concrete legally — a 7.5% payload increase over the previous design. And the PayStar 5600 model can legally carry 11 yards, for a 6.8% payload increase.

Other weight-saving features include a McNeilus Revolution barrel that weighs approximately 2,000 lb‥ less than other types of barrels, International said. Also featured are aluminum wheels and hubs and a centrifuge drum.

All told, the packages result in mixers that are almost 2,000 lb. lighter than the current International 5500 mixer.

“This efficient new vehicle will allow for additional payload, with the same strength, durability, and reliability International customers have come to expect,” said Bill Sixsmith, director of marketing for International's severe-service vehicle center. “And we all know increased payload means more money for owners and drivers.”

International noted that in the late '70s, International's severe service trucks and tractors were introduced under the PayStar name to fit with the company's Transtar, Fleetstar, Loadstar, and Cargostar truck lineups. According to the OEM, the PayStar name was used all over the world for decades. Several of International's severe-service vehicles carried the Paystar moniker until 1998. At that point, they were re-named the 5000 Series, which included the International 5500, 5600, and 5900 models.

“We have a number of customers who still refer to our 5000 Series trucks as PayStar, long after we removed the badging,” said Sixsmith. “The International PayStar name … also ties in to International's operating company name of Navistar.”