ZF has announced the first delivery of Navistar International LT series trucks equipped with Wabco Maxxus L2.0 air disc brakes to Schuster Co. The U.S. refrigerated trucking fleet began taking delivery of 100 trucks in January 2021, selecting Maxxus L2.0 air disc brakes for its proven reliability, ease of maintenance and uptime advantages.
“We are proud to be selected by Schuster, a fleet recognised for safety and an early adopter of air disc brake technology,” said Julien Plenchette, vice-president, ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems, Americas. “The benefits of air disc brakes have long been recognized by the commercial vehicle industry for their shorter stopping distances and consistent braking performance. As the lightest truck air disc brake in the North American market, Maxxus L2.0 is designed with fewer parts and includes features that can provide faster serviceability, helping support vehicle uptime.”
Designed for commercial vehicle fleets
Now in its fifth generation, the Maxxus L2.0 air disc brake is engineered with the fleet owner in mind and offers clear advantages and value, including:
- Easier Maintenance: Up to 50 percent fewer parts, designed to reduce complexity and can lead to faster, easier maintenance to help keep trucks out of the shop and on the road.
- Improved Fleet and Safety Performance: Advanced adjuster mechanism capable to maintain an improved running clearance – even in extreme conditions – minimizing the risk of hot runners and can be an ideal solution when safety performance is a consideration.
- Improved Driver Retention and Comfort: Less chatter and virtually no pulling or fading can provide more consistent performance, even in extreme downhill or wet road conditions, which can combine to provide greater comfort and improved driver response.
“For more than five years, ZF (formerly Wabco) technology has served our fleet well – from the reliability of the product to the ongoing support and training of our technician teams,” explained Aaron Weiland, director of maintenance, Schuster Co. “Schuster completes all maintenance in-house, so maximising uptime and spec’ing durable products is an absolute must – we are confident Maxxus L2.0 air disc brakes will deliver on all promises.”
Schuster Co is a 65-year-old family-owned and -operated company based in northwest Iowa. It is a leader in refrigerated trucking transportation and product distribution with 450 tractors and more than 1,000 trailers delivering more than 250,000 tonnes of freight annually across the lower 48 U.S. states and parts of Canada.
To date, more than 8 million Wabco air disc brake units have been sold globally.