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Jacobsen introduces heavy-duty utility vehicle


March 3, 2015
By Mike Jiggens

The Truckster XD heavy-duty utility vehicle has been introduced by Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. company.

The new vehicle is a replacement for the Cushman® Turf-Truckster®, an original heavy-duty utility vehicle in the turf industry. The Jacobsen Truckster XD has capacity, power, strength and comfort.

For starters, it has a massive, class-leading 3,550-pound standard payload capacity with steel up to 75 per cent thicker than comparable boxes and 20 per cent more volume.

Jacobsen’s new utility vehicle also leads under the hood, with the gas model providing 32.5 HP and 51.6 foot pounds of torque and the diesel 24.8 HP and 52.7 foot pounds of torque.

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Although the new Truckster XD was built to handle the daily rigors of a maintenance crew, Jacobsen engineers also put a priority on comfort, giving the cabin 25 per cent more room than the competition.

“When we started this project, the first thing we did was ask hundreds of superintendents and sports field managers what they wanted from a heavy-duty utility vehicle,” said Chris Fox, product manager for Jacobsen. “The feedback was unanimous. They told us they wanted a truck with more capacity, power and comfort. Nothing on the market was able to fulfill their needs properly. Based on the extensive field testing and feedback we’ve received over the past year, we’ve delivered exactly what turf professionals asked for.”

 “We have two main goals with this new vehicle: to make turf managers’ jobs easier and to satisfy their unmet needs,” said David Withers, president of Jacobsen. “When you look at what is currently available on the market today, there’s nothing as tough, powerful or comfortable as the Jacobsen Truckster XD. As a result, it will serve as a game changer in the heavy-duty utility vehicle category.”

Actual production will begin later this spring.