Equipment

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November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quickspin: Driving the new Cat Truck

Short demo drive of Caterpillar's first on-highway truck reveals whether it lives up to its 'premium' billing.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

We came, we saw, we drove -- but not far. Caterpillar people are very proud of their CT660 vocational truck. They introduced it earlier this yea

Tags: Test Drive

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Sales Up as Buyers Replace Old Trucks Amid Improving Economy, New Products Enter the Market

For years, Ford’s F-450 and F-550 SuperDuty trucks have led the Class 4 to 5 segment.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It's a story we've heard before, but a pretty good one: Sales are up, products are improving, and buyers have many choices of trucks to do their hauling job

Tags: Light & Medium

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo's Torque Magic

Volvo's new XE13 and Eco-Torque powertrain packages will make a big difference to drivers in ways they will never know -- and a few they will.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What a difference a little extra torque makes. I recently had the privilege of being one of the first drivers outside of test fleets to put a new fuel economy and performance concept from Volvo through its paces

Tags: Test Drive

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retrofittable XL Hybrid Brings Fuel Savings to Existing Light Trucks

Motor-generator hangs next to the GM transmission, and is connected to a 4-to-1 gearbox. A Kevlar belt inside the housing transfers torque to and from the driveshaft.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Hybrid drive systems usually have to be part of a new car or truck, and usually they're expensive. But XL Hybrids of Boston is coming up with one that can be installed on new or existing vehicles at a moderate cost

Tags: Engine Smarts

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Report: Unlikely U.S. Can Meet Cellulosic Biofuel Mandates

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Some U.S. biofuel mandates can't be reached, according to a new report from the National Research Council. At least not without major technological innovations or policy changes

Tags: Engine Smarts

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: What Fleets Are Buying in Flatbeds

Melton Truck Lines bought 200 new steel-and-aluminum flatbed trailers from Great Dane and Utility this year.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Sales of flatbed trailers have revived along with the rest of the heavy truck business

Tags: Trailers

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans Update

The Nissan Van (NV) is now in its first year of production. Fleets are beginning to evaluate the 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-ton trucks.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Depending on how the segment is counted, the market for full-size cargo vans is up about 12% over last year, which in turn was up 14% over 2009, builder sources say

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack's Granite MHD

Mack's new Granite MHD is a 'baby 8' designed for shorter runs and lighter-duty cycles but still offers the strength to tackle heavy chores.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One way to cut weight and cost from a new truck is to choose a relatively small engine. This is the essence of the Mack Granite MHD, announced early this year and recently put into production

Tags: Test Drive

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Weight vs. Cost

Plastic sheeting and aluminum extrusions and fabrications combine to cut many pounds from this trash-transfer trailer shown at the 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

How important is saving weight? It's vital in some operations, such as hauling bulk commodities, especially if trailers are always loaded to the max and tare weight must be cut to enhance payload potential

Tags: Trailers

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: A First Look at Hino's New COEs

Hino's compact 155 and 195 series trucks, including a diesel-electric hybrid, will be at home on congested city streets.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The dynamics of the U.S. transportation market are changing, opening the door to smaller, more efficient trucks

Tags: Test Drive

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pickups Update

Sales of SuperDuty pickups for commercial use are up a small 2%, but chassis-cab versions have climbed 48% since last year, signaling a resurgence among commercial buyers, Ford says.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Almost left idle by the high cost of fuel in 2008 and the recession, sales of pickup trucks are now recovering

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T660 Regional Hauler

The day cab aero package includes cab-side fairings and a roof-mounted air deflector. the DPF/SCR package is under the passenger access step. (Photo: Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The emergence of the regional transportation market is causing many fleets to rethink their equipment demands

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Good stories countered by complaints at TMC's Fleet Talk

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

What's going on with the latest diesels? The answer depends on who's doing the talking

Tags: Engine Smarts

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

It Might Be Time for a 6x2

By Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The scene was a frozen lake in central Sweden in the early 1980s. On the ice in the midst of powdery, freshly fallen snow sat a municipal snow-plow truck, a Volvo N10 conventional-cab dumper fitted with a V-plow up front and a wing plow on its right side

Tags: Equipment Issues

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wide-Base Tires Gaining Popularity: Are You Ready to Make the Switch?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

So maybe you're thinking something like this: "The market is improving, getting credit is easier, business is looking up. Maybe it's time to retire a few older rigs and get some new iron into the fleet. Maybe we should go to wide-base single tires while we're at it

Tags: Equipment Issues

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Driving the Nissan NV Light-Duty Commercial Van

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

As light-duty commercial trucks go, cargo vans are a hot seller because they're so useful. In a good year, about a quarter million are built and snatched up by tradesmen, building contractors, rental fleets and many other types of users

Tags: Test Drive

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec'ing Tires With Fuel Efficiency in Mind

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Spec'ing tires is a lot like photography. It's a series of trade-offs and compromises. Let's say you're after a night shot of a city skyline. Because it's dark, you have to use a long exposure, which could make the photo blurry

Tags: Tires

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Body Wiring: Thou Shalt Not Cut

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If there were an 11th Commandment, it would read: "Thou shalt not cut into thine wiring." Cutting and splicing and probing with pointed circuit testers can and do cause electrical grief

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Forget to Factor DEF into Fuel Costs

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

2010-model diesels are running well and turning in better fuel economy than their EPA-'07-spec predecessors, according to reports we've heard at industry meetings and in conversations with fleet managers

Tags: Engine Smarts

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC's Type IV fuel economy test rewritten with aftertreatment in mind

Type IV procedures are exacting, and include the need to level the truck during fueling, done here by driving a steer-axle wheel onto lumber.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

How does the fuel-fed regeneration of diesel particulate filters affect overall fuel economy?

Tags: Engine Smarts

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Utility Bodies: Any Way You Like It

Materials choices and design flexibility allow fleets and contractors to get more utility body for less.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's no such thing as a cookie-cutter utility body anymore.

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: MaxxForce 15 for the Big Hills

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

When Navistar execs turned the key on one of the first MaxxForce 15 engines at the 2009 Mid-America Trucking Show, there were more than a few doubting Thomases in the audience

Tags: Test Drive

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NTSB Recommends Rollover/Stability Protection For Tank Trailers

By Truckinginfo Staff

The National Transportation Safety Board says more needs to be done to make tanker trailers less prone to rollovers, including mandatory stability control systems, following its investigation of a 2009 rollover accident involving a tractor and tanker trailer

Tags: Trailers

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Reefer Tech Unveiled at MATS Saves Money

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Big and tall rigs aren't the only things that hit low overpasses. Medium-duty trucks can hit really low bridges, or at least one of them did in Westwood, Mass

Tags: Trailers

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All You Need to Know About 'B Numbers'

By "Engine Smarts" Tom Berg, Senior Editor

To many customers, reliability and durability are as important as pulling ability. They should look at an engine's "B" rating

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Paccar 12.9-Liter MX -- When 13 Liters Are Enough

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Proof of performance is on the road. So Las Vegas Peterbilt set up a demonstration rig promoting Paccar's 12.9-liter MX

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July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

When a 13-Liter Diesel Engine is Right for You

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One of the smartest ways to cut weight and cost out of a new truck is to specify an engine that's smaller than what's always been used. But it's smart only if it works the way the operator wants. Some want million-mile life as well as good pulling power

Tags: Equipment Issues

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Freightliner SD114 SFA

Freightliner SD114 SFA

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Freightliner has long been a sales leader in on-highway tractors, and now it wants to dominate the vocational truck business. Its recently designed Severe Duty products are meant to do that, and a big marketing campaign will support them. Will they be up to the task

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July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Roadability Regulations and Drayage Truck Inspections: What to Know

Ten-character alpha-numeric code painted on ocean-container chassis can establish vehicle ownership -- and therefore who should get any ticket for equipment infractions -- if it is in a global registry.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

New federal "roadability" regulations that clear up who's supposed to be responsible for intermodal equipment infractions - basically, the owner of the chassis in question - have been in effect since December 17

Tags: Trailers

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is There a Glider Kit in Your Future?

By jim Park, Equipment Editor

Remember the glider kit? You buy a brand-new cab with a steer axle and frame rails, and install your own drivetrain - usually pulled from a wrecked truck or an older truck that has seen better days. Well, it seems they are making a bit of a comeback

Tags: Equipment Issues

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pushing Out Trade Cycles Can Save Money, But It Isn't for the Ill Informed

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Many fleets have discovered in recent months that you can't put 10 pounds of rocks into a 5-pound bag. Pushing trade cycles for highway trucks to squeeze a few more months or a year out of an asset may seem feasible, but the unplanned costs can eat you alive

Tags: Equipment Issues

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star 4900FA with Allison 2nd Reverse

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Steep hills can be tough on trucks, even if their manual transmissions have sufficiently low gearing and drivers are adept with the clutch

Tags: Test Drive

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Under-inflated Tires Are No Longer Just an Efficiency Issue: They Can Affect Your Safety Profile

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Need another reason to sweat your tire pressure? How about CSA? It would be hell explaining to your grandkids that you used to run a trucking company until the DOT put you out of business because of poor tire maintenance

Tags: Tires

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More about methane

By "Engine Smarts" Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Just over a week ago I 'penned' a brief column on the European launch of Volvo's new 'MethaneDiesel' FM tractor. It needs a little expansion

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Launching MethaneDiesel Truck in Europe

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Volvo Trucks in Sweden is about to be the first to market a methane-powered truck for long-haul operations in Europe

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Another company developing fuel-efficient, opposed-piston engine

By "Engine Smarts" Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Earlier this year, we wrote about the OPOC engine from EcoMotors. Since then, we've discovered another opposed-piston engine, from Achates Power in San Diego

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Facts about Lumen Ratings

By Ryan Mayrand, J.W. Speaker Corp.

When considering the purchase of LED lights, be wary of the "lumen" rating

Tags: Equipment Issues

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

An Eastern Star?

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Amidst endless chatter about electric power and even fuel cells, the good old internal combustion engine clearly isn't going away any time soon

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Baby It's Cold Inside: Spec'ing Reefer Trailers

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Transport refrigeration units - TRUs - are the main thing separating temperature-controlled trailers from dry freight vans. But insulation is just as important.

Tags: Trailers

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: TerraStar Ready to Work

International TerraStar is a downsized heavier truck, and looks it, with its big cab nestled onto the low-slung frame.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Does the world need another Class 4 and 5 vehicle in a market already crawling with trucks

Tags: Test Drive

April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: New directions in aftertreatment

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

You may not know that Navistar owns a subsidiary company called PurePower Technologies, formed last year, which has just announced the purchase of the Eaton Corporation's aftertreatment business. And it says the solid-ammonia dosing technology developed by a small Danish compan

Tags: Engine Smarts

April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealer of the Year Nominees Talk About 2010 Engines

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The five nominees for the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year report that new engines meeting the 2010 emissions standards so far seem to be causing fewer problems than their 2002/04 and 2007 counterparts, and that support from the manufacturer is significantly improved

Tags: Engine Smarts

April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Midrange Engine Trends

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

More power from smaller packages. That sums up what's been happening in medium-duty engines in the previous decade, where diesels of modest displacement are making more horsepower and torque than was possible before the advent of electronic controls and advanced combustion methods

Tags: Light & Medium

March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: Cummins Says Engine Focus Shifting to Fuel Economy

Cummins says it ISX offers 6 percent better fuel economy than its 2009 product.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Noting that fuel economy will be key to competitiveness among engine makers in the next decade, Cummins says real-world data has confirmed that its EPA-2010 spec ISX15 engine delivers 6 percent fuel economy improvement over its 2009 product. Some customers could see even better results thanks to "significant calibration improvements

Tags: Engine Smarts

March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Low Cabovers in a Conventional-Cab Market?

The Mitsubishi Fuso Canter is one of several low-COE trucks coming to North America. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Why do the Japan-based importers continue trying to sell low cab-over-engine trucks when North America is conventional-cab territory? The short answer is that LCOEs are what they have to sell

Tags: Light & Medium

February 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: A Game-Changer Engine?

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

You'll be hearing a lot about the 'OPOC' engine in the next little while, and maybe for a long time to come.

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: No Answers Yet

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

By way of a brief introduction to this first of several Engine Smarts columns to come, let me start by admitting to a lifelong fascination with the hardware of trucking

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A With a Medium-Duty Giant: Rush Enterprises

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Rush Enterprises is probably best known as North America's largest Peterbilt dealer. But realizing they could only go so far with their franchises from the Paccar manufacturer, leaders saw midrange trucks as a way to grow and to diversify in products and operations

Tags: Light & Medium

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Running Reefers Right

The newer the reefer, the more efficient its engine, compressor and other components. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

People who operate refrigerated trailers know a lot about their businesses, but even the most experienced would tell you that they don't know it all.

Tags: Trailers

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems: No One-Trick Pony

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Okay, we know that optimized tire pressure improves tread and casing life (and value too) and can contribute to improved fuel economy.

Tags: Tires

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