IMT Brings European Dodge Sprinter Chassis to North America

Sat January 17, 2009 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. (IMT) has introduced the IMT EDSC10 (crane body) mechanics truck to the North American market. Mounted on a Dodge Sprinter chassis, the EDSC10 is a compact, nimble version of the IMT Dominator mechanics truck, and it complements the non-crane EDSS mechanics body. The EDSC10 addresses customer concerns about fuel economy and maneuvering in tight urban environments, according to the manufacturer.

The EDSC10 is an 11-ft. (3.3 m) crane body rated for a 10,000 ft.-lb. telescopic crane. The EDSS is a non-crane body, available in 9- or 11-ft. (2.7 or 3.3 m) options. The units’ compact size makes them practical for navigation in tight urban environments and offers increased visibility for maneuvering in traffic. These new service trucks fill a niche need for customers who don’t require a full-sized mechanics truck.

Unlike modified service bodies, the IMT EDSC10 is fully integrated, meaning the customer does not have to add bumpers, outriggers or crane reinforcements. The body structures are tested to ANSI B30.5 standards.

“When IMT launched the EDSC10 and EDSS bodies to the European community earlier this year, it was an entirely new concept,” said Steve Fairbanks, IMT president. “Now our North American customers can benefit from these innovations with their compact size and fuel efficiency. “

The EDSC10 and EDSS bodies mounted on Dodge Sprinter chassis have better fuel economy than service bodies mounted on traditional chassis. The EDSC10 is the lightest mechanics truck in its class, with a body weight of 2,660 lbs. (1,206 kg). IMT focuses on offering customers significant weight savings for increased payload capacities — all IMT Dominator mechanics trucks are the lightest in their class, according to the manufacturer.

“This mechanics truck is a sign of things to come for the North American market,” Fairbanks said. “It is the ideal solution for many North American customers who hadn’t found what they are looking for in the crane bodies previously available.”

IMT partnered with German company Elite Truck Bodies, a qualified partner of Daimler AG, to manufacture a crane body for the Mercedes Sprinter chassis. That unit became the first Tuv-Hessen-certified crane body and has a DEKRA-certified telescopic crane.

Tuv-Hessen is the authority on European safety and environmental standards and regulations. This organization champions technical progress toward safety and productivity improvements, the reduction of technical and environmental risks, and maximum efficiency. DEKRA was one of the first organizations authorized to offer certification under the German Lifts Directive.

“The fact that Mercedes uses the IMT service body exclusively with its Sprinter chassis speaks volumes regarding our quality and dependability,” Fairbanks said. “Our EDSC10 and EDSS mechanics trucks meet the rigorous standards set forth by Daimler AG, and our customers know that they can depend on the IMT commitment to helping them run a top-notch fleet.”

Many of the same design enhancements IMT integrated into its Dominator mechanics trucks also are available on the EDSC10 and EDSS units. Some of these enhancements include improved tools and parts access, an inverted A-frame floor structure that reduces vehicle weight, a shelf hanger bracket system, and side packs with greater storage.

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