2008 Freightliner: East Coaster Today

2008 Freightliner: East Coaster Today


When Ken Trites of Moncton, New Brunswick, goes to Timmie’s for a coffee in his 2008 Freightliner, he could drill a water well on the way.

Ken bought the Freightliner M2 106 for his water well drilling business a year ago as a used cab-chassis. It was a propane delivery truck in Nova Scotia since new but its life was about to change.



Ken Trites’ 2008 Freightliner puts in an honest day’s work


The truck is powered by a Mercedes-Benz six-cylinder diesel engine mated to a 10-speed Eaton Fuller manual transmission.



Ken rebuilt a 1953 Bucyrus Erie cable tool drill rig and bolted it to the frame rails of the Freightliner. Powered by a 1957 Lister Petty three-cylinder air-cooled diesel, the rig can drill about ten feet (three metres) an hour, depending on the soil.




As you can see, the truck bristles with equipment, much of it hand-built. It sure is a hard worker, much like Ken himself.



Ken Trites Water Well Drilling is a going concern in the Moncton area.

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