Equipment

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Peterbilt Model 587 with Paccar MX Make Dynamic Duo

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You can't argue with the design, engineering, and manufacturing synergies of improving on an existing product

Tags: Test Drive

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: SCR vs. EGR - Curiouser and Curiouser

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A recent request for help with understanding different emissions technologies to reach the Tier 4 Interim and Final off-highway emissions rules reopened the cooled EGR vs. SCR debate for me

Tags: Engine Smarts

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Lightweight Flatbeds Allow Heavy Payloads, Help Fleet Grow

An HWC rig can carry up to 54,000 pounds of building supplies, thanks to the 8,000-pound tare weight of Fontaine Revolution flatbeds.  The company began as a private carrier, and is now a for-hire fleet of 130 trailers and 100 tractors.

Five years ago, H. Wade Carden Jr. started HWC Transportation when his Philadelphia-area lumber business couldn't make economical shipments aboard heavy equipment then operated by for-hire carriers in the Northeast

Tags: Trailers

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Driving GM's 2011 HD Pickups

Sierra 3500HD took three guys and a horse trailer over hill and dale, and they got lost only once. The truck rode smoothly, partly because of hydraulic rear cab mounts.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Sometimes a marketing department's claim of "all-new" approaches the truth. That's the case with General Motors' Heavy Duty pickups and cab-chassis trucks, which were extensively upgraded and refined for the 2011 model year, even if GM doesn't call them all-new

Tags: Test Drive

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack's mDrive Programmed for Bulldog Shifting

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Knowing that Mack and Volvo are sister companies, it would be easy to dismiss Mack's new mDrive as an I-Shift with a dog's name.

Tags: Test Drive

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Offers Advice on Specs for Dump Trucks

Anyone who knows anything about dump trucks understands that specifications are very regionalized.

Tags: Equipment Issues

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: An Injector Discovery in Germany

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

At the recent bi-annual Hannover, Germany, trucking show -- more specifically, the 63rd IAA -- there were so many show exhibits that a dedicated journalist could spend the entire 10 days hunting for meaningful news

Tags: Engine Smarts

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Hauling Wind Turbines

Last spring, SkyBitz tracked the movement of this 131-foot-long wind turbine blade from South Dakota to Texas. A Landstar contractor did the hauling.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Wind is free, but harnessing it to perform work can be very expensive. That's the case with today's wind turbines that are built to generate electricity.

Tags: Trailers

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 3-5 Update: Heavy Pickups and Chassis-Cab Trucks See Sometimes-Healthy Revival

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The economy's slowly improving, and so are the Class 3 to 5 segment's truck sales, up modestly to substantially since the 2009 trough, depending on who's citing the numbers.

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: The Transit Connect Electric

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

We were stopped at a red light on 11 Mile Road, a broad, eight-lane boulevard in Oak Park, Mich., northwest of Detroit, and I eyed the cars and trucks alongside us.

Tags: Test Drive

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: A Carbon-Free Fuel?

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

On a recent visit to Woodland Park, Colo., -based Sturman Industries, I was privileged to view the first beginnings of Eddie Sturman's crank-free internal combustion engine

Tags: Engine Smarts

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: Prognostic Failure Prediction Reduces Unplanned Downtime, Cuts Maintenance Costs

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There is an upside to EPA's 2010 emissions regulations.

Tags: Engine Smarts

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nitrogen Tire Inflation

Nitrogen tire filling helps maintain proper inflation pressure longer. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Nitrogen is not some magic gas with mystical properties, nor is it some philosopher's stone capable of changing the properties of tire rubber

Tags: Tires

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Where Old Tires Go to Die

You have a lot more trailer tires in your fleet than steer or drive tires. Don't treat them as disposable. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Prevailing thinking has it that trailers are a good place to squeeze the last few miles of tread life out of used steer and drive tires prior to retreading or disposing of them

Tags: Tires

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Update: Alternatives Spark Interest, But Diesel's Not Dead

European Sprinters are now sold by a growing network of Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner dealers.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The recovering economy is resuscitating the business of building cargo vans, along with every other kind of commercial vehicle. Conversations with the major players in this business reveal trends in buyers' engine choices and in weight categories

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T440

Loud yellow paint belies the quiet ride of this T440 regional tractor. Its smooth styling resembles that of the heavier T660, but at 35,000 pounds GVW, it's just barely a Class 8 vehicle.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

So there I was, westbound on Bow Hill Road in Skagit County, a few hours north of Seattle, wondering if I'd ever find a place to turn around

Tags: Test Drive

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: SuperTurbo Project Could Increase Fuel Economy 5-7%

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

An easily-missed announcement of a joint development program between Cummins and a start-up, VanDyne SuperTurbo, points the way to a future technology that could result in as much as 7 percent fuel savings for heavy trucks

Tags: Engine Smarts

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The SCR Inducement Battle Wages On

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

"Inducement" is a word that is getting much play in the Selective Catalytic Reduction debate right now.

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Trends: Recession Doesn't Stop Advances in Trailer Technology

Carrier Transicold's AeroFlex fiberglass trailer side skirts are just one of many trailer innovations.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Even through the Great Recession, many trailer and body makers spent time and money developing advanced products that promise to improve operating efficiencies and save money for their customers

Tags: Trailers

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pickups Update: Sales Pick Up With Economic Recovery

These hybrids are expected to get up to 21 mpg in the city.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The economy's coming back and so are sales of pickup trucks, as consumers, tradesmen and fleets resume ordering as their incomes and needs increase. Sales this spring are up sharply compared to last yea

Tags: Light & Medium

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's New T700

Kenworth's new T700 has a strong family resemblance to Kenworth's familiar T660. But subtle changes to the doors, the big roof cap and a stylish hood make the T700 new. (Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The first impression on being presented with a line-up of trucks at the Paccar Tech Center is that Kenworth's new T700 - unlike its T2000 predecessor - is recognizably from the same stable as the highly popular T660

Tags: Test Drive

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovators Talk Engine Tech

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

We spoke with several of Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators to get their thoughts, experiences and purchase plans regarding the new EPA 2010 engines

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreads May Soon Be On SmartWay's Green List

What constitutes a fuel-efficient retreaded tire? An industry committee could soon have the answer. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Have a look at the list of U.S. EPA SmartWay approved low-rolling-resistance, fuel-efficient tires and you'll notice there are no retreads on the list

Tags: Tires

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Heavier Front Axles: What do They Mean for Spec'ing Engines and Other Components?

When the International ProStar was first introduced, my colleague Jim Park and I drove one, with a loaded trailer, from Los Angeles to Tacoma, Wash., to evaluate the truck over a good run and to deliver it to Cascadia International.

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Solving Liftgate Charging Problems

The heavier the load, the greater the draw on the auxiliary batteries that power a liftgate's electric motor. State and municipal restrictions on engine idling often reduce time for recharging.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Liftgates take goods from a trailer or truck body to the ground, where drivers can roll the cargo into customers' establishments

Tags: Trailers

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

First Impressions of New Kenworth T700

(Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Last week's ride 'n drive at the Mount Vernon, Wash., Paccar Tech Center was set up to experience over a day both the new Kenworth T700 and the Paccar MX along with other Kenworth models and optional Cummins engines

Tags: Test Drive

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

First Impressions of New Kenworth T700

(Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Last week's ride 'n drive at the Mount Vernon, Wash., Paccar Tech Center was set up to experience over a day both the new Kenworth T700 and the Paccar MX along with other Kenworth models and optional Cummins engines. Several hours with Kenworth's redo of the T2000 show the new T700's way better

Tags: Test Drive

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daycab A/C Units Offer Quick Payback

Because daycabs idle so much, payback can be quick on an auxiliary A/C unit.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Dump trucks sit in a line waiting to load or unload, and the line moves every few minutes, trucks idling all the while

Tags: Equipment Issues

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Navistar's eStar Van

The eStar's turning circle is only 36 feet. Electric propulsion is so quiet that Navistar is thinking of broadcasting music from an external speaker to avoid sneaking up on pedestrians. (Photo by Navistar)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Primitive batteries and limited range caused electric cars and trucks to lose a technology battle with the internal combustion engine in the early 20th century. But electrics have come a long way, buddy

Tags: Test Drive

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wide-Base Singles: What You Need to Know

Their track record is firmly established and the efficiency gains are well documented, but they are not for every operation. Will they work for you? (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Many who have switched from duals to wide-base single tires have an almost evangelical enthusiasm for the things. They report better fuel mileage, longer tread life, better handling and stability, higher payload potential, and reduced maintenance costs

Tags: Tires

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

25 Percent Better Fuel Economy?

The economy mandate for medium and heavy duty trucks, signed by President Obama in a May 21 Rose Garden ceremony, has been greeted by the industry with broad support. This is maybe a little surprising

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Hydraulic Hybrids: Ride-and-Drive Report From Work Truck Show

Built for New York City's sanitation department, American La France Condor has a Cummins ISM and Rexroth hydraulic hybrid system. It was smooth and quiet. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Well-attended educational sessions and an ever-larger trade display marked the National Truck Equipment Association's annual meeting and Work Truck Show, held in March at the St. Louis Convention Center

Tags: Test Drive

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spray and Splash and MPG

Fuel economy can be an added bonus for special anti-spray flaps. (Photo by Koneta Rubber)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Water spray kicked up by heavy tractor-trailers blinds motorists, something that got a lot of attention in the early 1980s from government and industry

Tags: Trailers

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ford's New Power Stroke Diesel's a Smoothie

King Ranch seats have thick, soft leather like that on a quality baseball mitt, but they're part of a high-end trim package. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

There apparently was never any question whether Ford Motor Co.'s new Power Stroke diesel would be another V-8 because, as an engineer explained when it was announced last year, "V-8s are in Ford's DNA.

Tags: Test Drive

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Better Fuel Economy ... From Air?

International has made a major bet on its 11- and 13-liter MaxxForce engines to take the place of current 15- and 11/12-liter power units

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All That, And Fuel Economy Too

Fuel efficiency hasn't been a high priority for tire makers' medium-duty and regional service offerings - until now. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Talk tires with anyone in the long-haul truckload sector, and fuel economy won't be long percolating to the surface. Every mile they run is pure cost, and any savings are big savings

Tags: Tires

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Dealers Talk EPA 2010

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

This year's nominees for the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year say fleets are holding back on buying new 2010-technology engines, not because of concerns about how well the new engines will work, but because the high price is hard to swallow for fleet

Tags: Engine Smarts

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lift Axle Considerations

Pusher axles and the "flying tag" on this mixer truck are raised for crawling through deep sand in eastern Minnesota. While on road, the lift axles are lowered to spread the truck's weight, protecting pavement and bridge spans. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

State laws are the biggest factor governing use or non-use of auxiliary lift axles on trucks and trailers

Tags: Equipment Issues

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sourcing the Right Tire Repair Partner

Do you know who is actually doing the service work? In-house national-account service programs take the mystery out of roadside service calls. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you're going to have trouble on the road, chances are a tire is at the root of your grief. Tires remain the single most common reason for roadside service calls, no matter who you talk t

Tags: Tires

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

An Automatic Yes: Transmission Trends

Once they're used to work-saving AMTs, drivers usually like them. One happy cruiser is Perry Allen, who drives a Volvo VHD dump truck with an I-Shift for Klink Trucking out of Ashley, Ind. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It's not driver laziness that's pushing buyers to order more automatic or automated transmissions, say manufacturers

Tags: Equipment Issues

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: MX-13 in a Peterbilt 365

Most Peterbilt 365s are built as dump trucks or mixers, but this one is set up as a city delivery tractor, with 4.11 axle gears and no aero fairings. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Paccar, the corporate parent of Kenworth Truck and Peterbilt Motors, should print up some new stickers that say, "Low Revs 'R' Us," then smack 'em on the dashboards of all trucks equipped with its new MX-13 diese

Tags: Test Drive

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OEMs Gather For Truck of the Year Judging

(Photo by Tom Berg)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Contenders for the title of best medium-duty and heavy-duty truck gathered at the St. Louis Regional Airport last week to strut their stuff to the panel of judges made up of eight magazine editor

Tags: Light & Medium

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracking Tire Performance

So many brands of tires, so many wheel positions, so many options. Data tracking can help evaluate tire performance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

Tags: Tires

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Sessions: Designing and Installing Trailer Aero Devices

Belly fairings, like the ribbed aluminum panels made by Fleet Engineers, have been proven to reduce wind drag and save fuel. (Photo by Fleet Engineers)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It would be a good idea if fleets and truckers had some way to judge how good trailer aerodynamic products are, and to properly install what's available

Tags: Trailers

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Dodge's Heavy Duty Pickups

Along with sharp styling and fresh interiors, Dodge has bestowed a smooth ride to its revised Ram Heavy Duty pickups. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One of the things we expect from 3/4- and 1-ton pickup trucks is a stiff ride. Strong springs are needed to haul heavy loads, so when the truck's empty it's got to ride a little rough

Tags: Test Drive

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Holland Changes Along With Trucking

SAF and Holland hope their synergy will produce demand for new 5-inch round trailer axles to go into the CBX40 (shown) and the UX40.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There's a mighty transition going on at an old, established North American supplier to the trucking industry. Holland from Michigan is now a combined company with SAF of German

Tags: Trailers

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dart Goes Lightweight

This photo shows features of Dart Transit's Eco Trailer, a 53-by-102 van built by Hyundai in Tijuana, Baja Calif. Double-sheet sidewall was designed and patented by Dart's president, Dave Oren. (Photo courtesy of Dart Transit Co.)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Dart Transit, a pioneer in high-cube trailers for hauling low-density freight, is now seeking lower tare weight to serve customers who ship heavier cargoes

Tags: Trailers

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Freightliner's Coronados

Reshaping of some exterior trim and a 2010-legal engine are among features of the latest Coronado tractor (left), which debuted as a 2001 model but has re-emerged as Freightliner's premium road tractor. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Premium is as premium does, and at least for the driver, Freightliner's Coronado does things very well

Tags: Test Drive

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Tire 'Myth'-perceptions

Tire casings are inspected and reconditioned before making two, three, or perhaps four journeys down the road of life. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Prominent Canadian journalist Allan Fotheringham offered the following bit of advice to aspiring journalists: "If your mother tells you her age, check it out." But the advantages of a little skepticism aren't limited to journalist

Tags: Tires

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrid Yard Jockey Delivers

This trailer is loaded to gross 110,000 pounds to replicate the heaviest containers at the docks as they come off the ships. PHETT drives like a conventional yard jockey, but quieter.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The terminal tractor - yard jockey, hostler, whatever you call it - has to be one of the most used, abused and under-regarded vehicles in any fleet

Tags: Equipment Issues

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