ASL Paving Ltd. added five new Kenworth T370s to its fleet in 2009, and for good reason. Since 1950, ASL Paving has provided commercial paving services to cities and towns across Saskatchewan, Canada. Often operating in tight quarters and crowded corridors, the T370 delivers right-sized performance, maneuverability and dependability for ASL’s urban street paving jobs.
With 95 trucks in a fleet of single- and tandem-axle dumps, tractors, water trucks and oil distributor trucks, the T370s “are very good for our application,” said ASL President Wade Mitchell. “We spec them with tandems to hold a 14- to 16-ton end-dump box. They need to have tight turning radiuses in order to get in and out of jobsites and to be able to maneuver among equipment once on the jobsite. That’s very important to us.”
Mitchell pointed out that city street paving comes with tight scheduling windows, and the company’s ongoing success depends on having quality equipment that performs reliably every day.
Ken Marks, service manager with ASL, specs all trucks for dependability and performance at the work site. Working closely with his Kenworth dealer—Custom Truck Sales – Saskatoon—Marks places special emphasis on uptime and reliability. To that end, ASL’s T370s are spec’d with Paccar PX-8 300-hp engines, six-speed automatic transmissions, 12,000-lb front axles and 34,000-lb rears. “We’re always starting and stopping, going slow,” Marks said. “The Allison transmissions make the Kenworth T370s excellent for this application.”
While ASL aims to stay on top of the latest innovations in construction practices and equipment, it continually incorporates new technologies into the business.
The engineering profile of the T370 delivers enhanced productivity on many levels, including maneuverability and payload delivery.
“Once we install a dump box to a truck, we need a truck that can still dump into a paver,” Mitchell said. “Some trucks cannot.”
In Saskatchewan, the paving season lasts only seven months, from mid-April through mid-November. “We need our equipment to work every day that we work,” Mitchell said.