Western Star trucks are solid, well-constructed big rig trucks. These rigs were originally designed to be used as logging trucks, on the west coast of Canada. Thus their continued popularity more so in Canada, than the U.S.
These trucks, due to their very hearty, rigid construction, are almost too well built.
They are pretty heavy compared to their competitors. This limits their use as highway rigs, particularly in these times when shippers demand loads be bigger and heavier.
Truckers can’t afford to have heavy trucks which take away from their pay load. Although these big trucks are among contenders for Class 8 highway trucks, they are not among the top choice of most truckers, for use as highway trucks.
However, truckers in the oilfields, favour Western Stars, because they are so rugged and tough. They have excellent ground clearance, when they travel through the rugged terrain, with snow and mud in the oil fields. Stars also have nice, spacious bunks.
Where a Western Star REALLY shines, is where there’s rugged trucking work to be done, such as over-sized, heavy haul logging.
For these tough jobs, Western Stars are often a trucker’s best bet. They are one tough truck. They do the job and they do it well.