Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A-1 response

A-1 Towing + Recovery of Lower Sackville, NS was called in to right an overturned dump truck this afternoon (a  Mack twin steer).

A-1 sent in their big guns, a sleeper cab Kenworth that I have seen frequently:

... and a day cab Kenworth that was new to me. In view of its pristine paint it may also be new to A-1 as well.

The wrecker body is a Vucan V-70 (boom rated for 70,000 lbs retracted 30 degrees) and the Classic KW with extra long chassis is a proper fit.

Friday, May 11, 2018

More to Come

The wave of European RVs is peaking, and this week the vehicles ranged from small to sort of large.

A 4WD Mitsubishi L300 Delica type, kitted out for some hard work.

Not sure if that's a pop top of some sort, but it appears to be fibreglass. This is a third generation type produced until about 1994 for export, and until 1998 for the domestic Japanese market, and is RHD.

 And an over-tired Merc Unimog.

Let's hope the extremely short wheelbase is compensated for by soft tires. (The 'Mogs have Tirecontrol, which can adjust tire pressure to terrain.) This one has the high roof cab option. It has all the expedition bells and whistles, including the combination brush guard / roof rack, complete with high level lights. I don't know where he is going, but he has a blue headed pick clamped to the body just behind the door, and some traction ramps, just in case.
The no frills RV body is probably a Unicat lift type that raises about a meter and crawl through.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tourist Season

The annual arrival of RVs from Europe has been going on in a small way for a few weeks, but the delivery of a dozen or more of these vehicles by ship last week marks the real beginning of the tourist season.
Since I do not get to the north end terminal as often as I used to, I tend to wait for them to come to me now.

This IVECO Daily 4X4 showed up in the south end of town this evening, bearing a Bimobil EX358 camper body. I think this is the first RV I have seen here that claims Finland as its home.

IVECO is now a wordwide brand with large market shares all over Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and factories in China. It is essentially FIAT, but includes many once well known brands in the truck, bus, construction equipment and firefighting.

IVECO however is largely absent from Canada and the US as a brand name, although its engines are sold here.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Make Mine a Mack - some assembly required

Three Renault Kerax 8x8 chassis arrived in Halifax by a ship a week or so ago.

The long awaited Canadian Army MSVS SMP (the original order goes back a long way, but was confirmed in 2015) which was to be delivered in 2017-2018 has started to trickle in - but from offshore.
If you recall the order was with Mack Defense for 1500 8x8s (with shift to 8x4 for the road), 300 trailers and 150 armoured cabs. The trucks were to be re-badged Renault Kerax (including a re-badged 11 liter Renault turbo-charged diesel), and were to be assembled in Ste-Claire, QC at the Prévost factory.
Prévost is the Canadian bus subsidiary of Volvo, as Renault is wholly owned by Volvo, and so is Mack.
Volvo must be taking a leaf out of its compatriot company Ikea, because the only assembly I see happening is definitely DIY - glue the letters M-A-C-K on the grille of a totally assembled Renault. Then bolt on the appropriate body. Is this what the gov was expecting - who knows. 
I propose to rename the truck the IKEARAX.

Headed out for Ste-Claire, QC this afternoon this Kerax looks road ready. Perhaps a 16 speed ZF manual transmission would not be as pleasant to drive as the Navistar hauling it.

No Mack badge evident but the Renault trademark is there, front and centre. The truck is chained down, but no wheel chocks or other rigging is apparent.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Demag has another big one for Mammoet

The Dutch based heavy lift specialists Mammoet, active in various parts of Canada, have brought in another large mobile crane.

Far from the largest crane Demag builds, it is certainly one of the largest I have seen come through the Port of Halifax. It appears to be an AC 500-8 model: 500 tonne capacity, 56m boom + 90m boom extension with 16 x 8 x 14 drive train, and a short 17.1m carrier length.

It was lashed down on its own rail car and may have made it on this evening's train, heading west. Its hydraulic extension boom is presumably travelling independently, possibly by truck.

Since 2016, parent company Terex has re-introduced the Demag (Deutsche Machinenbau AG) brand. Terex also builds smaller cranes under the Terex brand name.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Western Star in the rain

Rain certainly does not diminish the bright red company color for Atlantic Tiltload. The growing company, based in Dartmouth, NS with an office in Saint John, has a large fleet of vehicles of various sizes, from small tilt decks to large highway tractors.

Among them are several twin steer dual axle straight trucks, one of which is this impressive Western Star with Palfinger PK 92002-SH  knuckle boom.

Atlantic Tiltload #38 poses in the rain this afternoon.

Atlantic Tiltload seems to be concentrating on Western Stars these days. They still have couple of Cats that are not the favourites for their drivers, and smattering of other brands.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Miltary vehicles retuning from abroad

Some Canadian HLVW military trucks (Heavy Logistic Vehicles)  have been returned to Canada by ship in recent weeks. I first spotted three of them October 31 lashed down to container frames, but they had been in Halifax for some days then, so I have no idea exactly where they came from.

Because of the casual lettering applied to doors, I assume they were declared surplus before they left their overseas postings and have been returned here for sale. Alternately they may be ear marked for rebuild since they do not appear to be in poor condition.

Two for the price of one?

These trucks have been Canadian army workhorses since 1990. 1,212 of them were built by Urban Transportation Development Corp (Can-Car), based on the Steyr 1491 Percheron as the UTDC 24M32

Long overdue for replacement (2015 by some estimates) the process has started to find a new 16.5 tonne+  6x6 which may be delivered as soon as 2021. Military procurement being what it is, I am not holding my breath.