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Hendrickson Partners with Freightliner Trucks

Release date: 9/25/2017

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Mark Slingluff
(330) 489-0050

Hendrickson Partners with Freightliner Trucks on 6x2 Liftable Forward Tandem Axle

ATLANTA, Georgia(September 2017) Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems announced today at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show they partnered with Freightliner Trucks to offer the OPTIMAAX® 6x2 liftable forward tandem axle, exclusive to the new Cascadia®. The new OPTIMAAX reduces weight, saves fuel and improves traction and maneuverability.
The new OPTIMAAX axle will help fleet customers optimize the movement of variable loads, as well as assisting carriers with diminishing loads, such as bulk haulers and delivery vehicles that may have empty back hauls after carrying items such as groceries, livestock, beverages and fuel. It will also help fleets that focus on weight reduction and those who want to optimize fuel efficiency.

Automated controls sense the load capacity and either lift or lower the axle without relying on the driver, maximizing time with a raised axle and enhancing traction.
The benefits:

  • Boosting fuel efficiency

  • Reducing weight by 300 to 400 pounds over a comparable 6x4, allowing trucks to either carry additional weight or save fuel

  • Gaining traction when backing under trailers in soft soil or low traction conditions

  • Improving maneuverability when the lift axle is raised

  • Saving money on tolls where lift axles are not charged if lifted

“This combines a leader in heavy trucks with a leader in suspension technology,” said Gerry Remus – General Manager Sales and Business Development for Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems. “It’s one more way we’re focused on engineering our product for efficiency, and are lowering the overall running costs for fleets,” added Remus.
The OPTIMAAX 6x2 design is compatible with drum and air disc brakes, and it’s unique because the axle is fully welded, not bolted. That gives it additional strength and durability.

For additional information on OPTIMAAX 6x2 liftable forward tandem axle contact Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems at 630-910-2800.
Hendrickson, a Boler company, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of medium- and heavy-duty mechanical, elastomeric and air suspensions; integrated and non-integrated axle and brakes systems; tire pressure control systems; auxiliary lift axles systems; parabolic and multi-leaf springs; stabilizers; and bumper and trim components to the global commercial transportation industry. Hendrickson, based in Itasca, Ill., USA, continues to meet the needs of the transportation industry for more than 100 years. Visit Hendrickson at