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April 2016, - Feature

The Trend to Self Shifting Continues

Elvin Knollman began buying Mack mDrives for his tanker fleet in 2011. Fuel economy improved by 0.25-0.5 mpg, and he noticed that his drivers weren’t as tired at the end of a long day. Photo: Trans Mark Logistics

By Tom Berg

Fuel economy and ease of driving push customers into buying automatic or automated products.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, Automatic Transmissions

April 2016, - WebXclusive

Q&A: Dana’s Steve Slesinski

Steve Slesinski Photo: Dana Holding Corp.

By David Cullen

We talk about some of the hottest trends in engineering drivetrain components-- including downspeeding and selecting axle ratios-- with Dana’s Steve Slesinski, who heads up product planning for the company's commercial-vehicle operation.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Lightweighting, Phase 2 GHG Proposals, Downspeeding, Axle Ratios

April 2016, - WebXclusive

Truck Platooning, Past, Present, and Future

By Rolf Lockwood

The platooning idea has been around for ages, though you could be excused for thinking it's a new development, given all the attention it's been getting lately. It's not even close to being new.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Connected Vehicle Technology

March 2016, - Department

3 Ways to Save on Tires

Which tire is best? Buyers have many price ranges to choose from. Cheaper up front may not be the best value in the long run. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Everybody knows tires can eat up a big chunk of a fleet’s operating budget. Keeping costs in line isn’t impossible, but you have to work at it. Here are three suggestions that can help you get a handle on tire costs and keep them under control.

Tags: Tire Costs, Fleet Maintenance, Tires

March 2016, - Department

Dry Vans: Regulations, What Customers Want, and How It Could Change

By Stephane Babcock

While many equipment mandates cause angst in the industry, a recent government proposal to require stronger rear under-ride guards is apparently not one of them.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Rear-End Collisions, Underride Guard, Underride

March 2016, - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Strong Underpinnings Turn a Medium Into a Heavy

Though a midrange model in Kenworth’s lineup, this T370 has many heavy-duty components but costs less than a comparable T800 or T880. Sloped hood and large windows make for excellent outward visibility. Photos: Kenworth

By Tom Berg

This ‘Baby 8’ Kenworth T370 has serious carrying capacity, with a midrange-size powertrain that performs well but saves money and weight.

Tags: Kenworth, T370, Test Drive

March 2016, - Feature

Exploring the World of 6x2 Drive Axles

6x2 drive axles are emerging in different configurations, including forward liftable axles. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets are slowly adopting 6x2 drive axle configurations as manufacturers continue to improve the technology. Here's an overview of the latest offerings.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Lift Axle, 6x2

March 2016, - WebXclusive

Video: Driving Isuzu's Low Cab Forward NPRs

Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg recently drove a pair of NPRs on streets and freeways in the Los Angeles Basin for this edition of our Focus On video series. He found them highly capable and fun to drive, as well.

Tags: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Isuzu NPR, Cabovers

March 2016, - WebXclusive

Volvo's Unique 6x2 Tractor Platform

Adaptive Loading allows the axle to be lifted completely off the ground when it's not needed. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Sometimes called a "pusher" or "dead axle," Adaptive Loading allows the axle to be lifted completely off the ground when it's not needed, providing additional fuel savings over the straight 6x2 setup.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Video Series, Ultimate Test Drive, Lift Axle

February 2016, - Department

How to Reduce the Burden of Tire Maintenance

When it comes to tire maintenance, many chores can now be automated.

By Jim Park

Tire maintenance needn’t be a mind-numbing inconvenience. These tools can reduce the workload and improve efficiency.

Tags: Maintenance, Tools, Tires

February 2016, - Department

6 Steps to Better Work Truck Body Upfits

Upfitters will assemble exactly what’s spec’d, but need an advance warning of any special materials required. And, do the specs account for how the truck will be used and include input from the workers who’ll use it? Are the chassis’ wheelbase and cab-to-axle dimensions, among other things, correct for the body? Photos: Auto Truck Group

By Mike Antich

Upfitting a truck chassis to perform a specific task requires planning and coordination among suppliers, fleet managers and end users.

Tags: Upfitting, Truck Bodies, Upfitters

February 2016, Work Truck - Feature

Work Truck Capability Converges with Technology

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

By Chris Wolski

Today's trucks feature almost as much capability in the cab as they do under the hood. Some OEMs are leveraging mobile technology to make fleets more efficient.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, Productivity, Ford, General Motors, Ram Truck, Isuzu

February 2016, - Test Drives

Test Drive: Making Low-Speed Maneuvers Easier With UltraShift Plus

Using the Urge to Move feature, the UltraShift Plus and Detroit DD16 diesel repeatedly started this 125,000-pound rig on a 15% upgrade, though it stalled on the first try. The demo driver said, “This engine’s been acting up.” Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

For years Eaton has been improving its UltraShift Plus series to make the heavy-duty automated manual transmissions do more things and do them better. Blended Pedal, Urge to Move features make Eaton automated gearboxes more useful.

Tags: Transmissions, Vocational Trucks, UltraShift Plus, Eaton, Test Drive, Automated Manual Transmissions

February 2016, - Feature

HDT Top 20 Products of 2016

By HDT Staff

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

Tags: Technology, Innovative Equipment, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

February 2016, - Editorial

Commentary: Driving Into the Future

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Autonomous vehicles, platooning, 3D printing, drones and more could change the equipment you buy and how you serve customers.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Commercial Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, 3D Printing

January 2016, - Department

How Truck Tires Have Evolved

New tire designs emerge from tire makers almost monthly.

By Jim Park

The tread designs of medium- and heavy-duty truck tires have become more sophisticated and tailor-made for specific applications and wheel positions.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Yokohama, Goodyear, Michelin, Continental

February 2016, - WebXclusive

7 Technologies That Will Affect Trucking and the Aftermarket

Bendix's Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system. Image: Bendix

By Denise Rondini

The trucking industry aftermarket is being bombarded with technology, and that trend is not likely to go away any time soon, according to industry analyst Derek Kaufman.

Tags: telematics, Downsizing, Aftermarket Parts, Aerodynamics, Truck Platooning, Hybrid Trucks, Collision Mitigation, HDAW, Information Technology, Future Trucks

January 2016, - Test Drives

Test Drive: Nissan Titan XD's a Big Leap Forward

The 2016 XD’s exterior styling will be shared with a gasoline-engine XD and with regular Titans. Thanks to lower spring and shock rates than on ¾-ton pickups, an XD rides better over pavement and rough terrain. Photo: Nissan NA

By Tom Berg

The beefed-up chassis puts the new truck between ½-ton and ¾-ton pickups, but the star for now is Cummins power.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Test Drive, Nissan Titan XD

January 2016, - Department

A Look at the California-Compliant Trailer

It doesn’t take much to meet CARB’s 2010 requirements for trailer aero, but even this can be too much for some fleets.

By Jim Park

There’s a California-compliant trailer in your future, whether you want it or not. But what’s not to want?

Tags: CARB, Trailers, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Aerodynamics

January 2016, - Feature

More Options For Buying Used

Paccar Financial runs several lots that sell vehicles just in from leases, mostly Kenworths and Peterbilts. Photo: Packer Financial

By Tom Berg

Low interest rates for loans and growing supplies of used equipment help buyers, and there are hundreds of places to shop.

Tags: Interest Rates, Dealers, Used Trucks, Auctions

December 2015, - Department

Special Dumps Haul Bulk and Palletized Cargo Near and Far

Photo: East Manufacturing

By Tom Berg

Long-hauling is usually done with vans, reefers and flatbeds. But a little-noticed segment of trucking uses dump trailers that carry a wide variety of commodities.

Tags: Trailers, Fleet Profile, Bulk Hauling, Dump Trailers

December 2015, - Department

Today’s Trailer Landing Gear

Rust and corrosion are not just a problem for the exterior, it can also creep into the interior parts, which is why it’s important to ensure that all components are kept greased and free of moisture and corrosive chlorides. Photo: Jost International

By Stephane Babcock

Landing gear can make a driver’s job that much easier at the beginning and end of a haul, depending on how well the components are protected and how well they work together.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Trailers, Corrosion, Landing Gear

December 2015, - Test Drives

Test Drive: New MX-11 Engine Performs for Peterbilt

Peterbilt service engineer Chadd Christian’s fingers indicate sensors for EGR, turbocharger and humidity. His thumb points to the variable-geometry turbo’s water-cooled electronic controls. The big U-shaped device is the air cleaner box with the intake air filter inside. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Truckers who used to crave a long-nose Pete with a big-bore engine might be surprised by Paccar’s new smaller powerhouse.

Tags: Paccar, Peterbilt, Test Drive, MX-11

December 2015, - WebXclusive

Testing Out Dana's Dual Range Disconnect [Video]

By Jim Park

First revealed at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, Dana's Dual Range Disconnect drive axle system gives users the fuel savings of a downsped 6x2 drivetrain and the traction and performance of a conventional 6x4 setup. How's that possible you ask?

Tags: Dana Spicer, Advantek40, Downspeed, 6x2, Test Drive

December 2015, - Cover Story

The Class 8 Update: Sales and New Products

By Tom Berg

After an up and down year of sales and a new one on the horizon, all of the major truck manufacturers are showcasing their visions for the future.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Truck Orders, OEMs

December 2015, - WebXclusive

Q&A: Wabco Americas Chief Talks About Braking, Safety Tech and More

Jon Morrison. Photo courtesy Wabco.

By Deborah Lockridge

This summer, Wabco Holdings named Jon Morrison president of its Americas business unit. He has spent 30 years in the global transportation industry and most recently served as president, North America for American Axle & Manufacturing. We sat down with him to find out more about his first few months in the position.

Tags: Global, Wabco, Collision Avoidance, Q&A, Air Disc Brakes

November 2015, - Department

Tire Pressure, Fuel Economy and GHG Regs

Trailers that go unseen for months can benefit from automatic tire inflation. What about fleets that see their trailers every week? Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Should tire inflation systems be part of the new federal greenhouse gas/fuel economy rules? Trucking’s track record with pressure maintenance says yes. But, uncertainty over the definition of proper inflation raises questions.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, EPA, Tires, Tire Inflation

November 2015, - Department

Strong Trailers Take Trash to Landfills

A loaded Titan Thinwall trash-transfer trailer awaits transport outside a county facility near Delaware, Ohio. Though far from new, its aluminum welded-tube sides remain straight and unbowed. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Trash-transfer trailers are highly specialized vehicles that must endure potentially destructive cargoes, yet they hold up for years of constant service.

Tags: Trailers, Waste Management, Waste Fleet

November 2015, - Feature

Spec’ing Charging, Starting and Battery Systems

No matter what type of batteries you use, they need to be securely mounted to the truck to prevent damage from vibration.

By Jim Park

If you haven’t spec’d a truck in the past few years, you might be surprised by how much the truck’s electrical needs have changed.

Tags: Vehicle Spec'ing, Starters, Alternators, Battery

November 2015, - Test Drives

Test Drive: Paccar MX-11 Pulls Stronger Than Expected

The MX-11 looks rather ordinary, but performs like a bigger diesel. Six ratings, from 355 to 430 hp and 1,250 to 1,550 lb-ft, will be available. Both test vehicles had the top rating. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The new diesel from Kenworth and Peterbilt’s parent makes impressive power and torque, and saves 400 pounds over larger diesels.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Diesel Engines, Peterbilt, MX-11

November 2015, Work Truck - Feature

Class 3-6 Truck Forecast: Operating Costs Stable

Medium-Duty Trucks, such as the Ford F-650 Chassis Cab, continue to have stable operating costs. (PHOTO: FORD)

By Mike Antich

Although the largest operating cost continues to be fuel, the No. 1 challenge facing medium-duty truck fleets is cost containment. There is always pressure to reduce costs, but management is exerting even more pressure than in recent years.

Tags: Operating Costs, Medium-Duty Trucks, Forecast

November 2015, - WebXclusive

Kenworth's Rock-Solid T880

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The T880 was introduced a few years ago but in just six short months, orders for the new vocational platform overtook its worthy predecessor, the T800. In the heavy duty market, that's quite remarkable.

Tags: Kenworth, Ultimate Test Drive, T880, Vocational Trucks, Test Drive

November 2015, - WebXclusive

Q&A: Jeff Sass on his First 4 Months at Navistar

Jeff Sass is senior vice president of North America truck sales and marketing.

By Deborah Lockridge

Last summer, Navistar named longtime Paccar executive Jeff Sass as senior vice president of North America truck sales and marketing. We caught up with him at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition last month to talk about his first few months on the job and what’s in store for the future.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Q&A

March 2015, - Feature

12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks

By Tom Berg

Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Engines, Lightweighting

February 2015, - Feature

HDT Top 20 Products of 2015

By HDT Staff

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

Tags: Technology, Innovative Equipment, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

October 2015, - Department

Six Axles and 91,000 Pounds: Will It Fly?

Hartt Transportation runs tri-axle vans, among other things, in Maine, where such rigs may gross 100,000 pounds. Some tractors are specially spec’ed for pulling heavy water tankers, but normal road tractors also are used. Photos: Hartt Transportation

By Tom Berg

The latest congressional proposal authorizing a 91,000-pound weight limit adds productivity, but doesn’t always make operational or economic sense.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Weight, Truck Size/Weight

October 2015, - WebXclusive

Much Work Remains to Get to Final Version of GHG Phase 2 Proposal

Photo: Jim Park

By Deborah Lockridge

The old adage “the devil is in the details” could have been invented for the new “phase 2” greenhouse gas / fuel efficiency regulations proposed by the EPA and the NHTSA.

Tags: Emissions, GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, FTR, Daimler Trucks North America

October 2015, - WebXclusive

TransPower's Totally Electric Class 8 Tractor [Video]

Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

True zero-emissions freight transportation is closer to reality than you might think. A California-based technology company called TransPower USA has five Class 8 tractors in service now working out of the Port of Long Beach. Jim Park takes one for a drive in this Focus On... video.

Tags: Test Drive, Battery-Electric Vehicles, TransPower

October 2015, - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Spicer Dual Range Disconnect

Dana’s Test & Evaluation truck, a Kenworth T700 with a Cummins ISX15 at 450 hp and 1,650 lb-ft, and an Eaton 10-speed UltraShift Plus transmission. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

It’s easier to describe the performance of Dana’s Spicer AdvanTEK Dual Range Disconnect concept than to explain how it works.

October 2015, - Feature

Cargo Vans: Prosperity as a Problem

Ford says its full-size Transit became America’s best-selling commercial van six months after entering production last year. It replaced the venerable E-series van, though E cutaways and chassis-cabs remain in production.

By Tom Berg

‘We’re selling everything we can build,’ manufacturers say as they boost production, and they see no letup.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ram, Ford, General Motors, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation

October 2015, - Cover Story

2016 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

Ford’s 2016 F-650 is being built in the U.S. at the company’s Avon Lake, Ohio, assembly plant.

By Stephane Babcock

From city pick-up and delivery vans to on/off-road service units, this wide range of vehicles is seeing some of the same trends as its bigger brothers, and has a few of its own.

Tags: Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ram Truck, Ford, International Trucks

October 2015, - WebXclusive

Trailer Component Supplier Optimistic for the Future

By Denise Rondini

The last few years have been good for suppliers and as new technologies have driven up the value of components.

Tags: Trailers, Supplier, ACT Research, Hendrickson

September 2015, - Department

Aerodynamic Designs Help Cut Water Spray

By Tom Berg

Good vehicle aerodynamics not only increase fuel economy, but also can reduce splash and spray, a safety bonus that also mitigates wear and tear on vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Trailers, Aerodynamics, Weather

October 2015, - WebXclusive

Test Driving the Paccar MX-11 Engine

By Jim Park

We got a sneak preview of the MX-11 in a Kenworth T880 dump truck while at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall Michigan - the one with the dirt track with grades of 20% and worse.

Tags: Paccar, Vocational, Test Drive, Paccar MX Engine

September 2015, - Department

QuickSpin: Driving ProStars with Different Engines

International ProStar ES with Navistar’s N13-450 (left) and ProStar ES with Cummins ISX15-450. Bigger displacement seemed to perform better, and might offer extra life. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

With almost identical engine ratings, does bigger displacement really make a difference?

Tags: Cummins, International, Navistar, ProStar, Engines

September 2015, - Department

Careful Trailer Spec'ing Yields Higher Payloads

A 53-foot trailer allows use of two 9-foot spreads, between axles 1-2 and 2-3, adding another 5,000 pounds of legal gross weight.

By Tom Berg

Lighter-weight equipment is a quest for Jim Burg, president and CEO of James Burg Trucking Co. in Warren, Mich.

Tags: Trailers, Payload, Lightweighting

September 2015, - Feature

The Downspeeding Learning Curve

Rolling two-lane roads are no place for a downsped driveline. If you’re considering a downspeeding axle spec, application and terrain must be considered. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Today's "downsped" drivetrains can improve fuel economy, but high torque and low axle ratios can create all sorts of havoc with drivetrain components.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Axles, Downspeed

September 2015, - WebXclusive

Driving Freightliner’s Autonomous Truck

By Steve Bouchard

Sometimes, trucking journalists do very funny things — like being certified to drive a truck that is pretty much able to drive by itself.

Tags: Freightliner, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2015, - Department

Tracking Lifetime Tire Costs

Is the lowest tire cost per mile the ultimate fleet objective? Not necessarily. Strive to keep the rubber costs down, but don’t scrimp on the maintenance. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We offer two opposing views on tracking tire costs. One holds that life-cycle costing is a waste of money and effort, and that close enough is good enough most of the time. The other suggests that nearly all costs associated with tires should be accounted for and built into the cost structure.

Tags: Operating Costs, Maintenance Costs, Tires and Wheels

August 2015, - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ford Transit Van

The black grille and lower body trim nicely complement the silver paint, and smooth lines suggest speed. The van had plenty of it, thanks to a double-turbo V-6. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

A dual-turbo V-6 makes Ford’s new Euro-style cargo van fast, while the large unibody provides a lot of cargo space.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford Transit, Test Drive


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