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MVT Solutions CertifiedTM testing found the Ex-Guard LT 325 had zero effect on fuel economy, while the LT 350 (report cover photo) had only a small negative affect on fuel economy of -0.53 gal/1000 miles (-0.51%), which is less than the tractor’s side mirrors. These tests were conducted to quantify fuel costs of the Ex-Guard systems and therefore enable fleets to make informed investment decisions with respect to fuel consumption versus vehicle front end damage (total ROI). Front end damage can result in thousands of dollars in repair costs and downtime as a results of animal strikes, contact with other vehicles or stationary objects. Today’s tractors are expensive to repair due to items such as hoods, radiators and heat exchangers, and collision avoidance radar sensors.

Additional Features We Liked About the Ex-Guard LT Series

Our fleet was impressed with how well built and engineered the Ex-Guard LT Series grill guards are. They open/close easily with one hand, giving easy access to open the hood. The Ex-Guard’s steel isn’t simply painted or corrosion-treated, it is layered with 1/8-inch PVC, which protects against any chipping and instills a lot of confidence for a long-life product. The grill guards are universal and therefore transferable between tractors, which makes the long-life durability even more appealing. Transfer may require new tractor-specific mounts; however, in the case of the International LT used in testing, the same mounts worked on the previous model ProStar.

Independent Third Party Testing

MVT Solutions fuel economy testing is independent, 3rd party testing. We do not receive any payment from the sale of products tested. To learn more about the test, view the report above or contact us.