Equipment

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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

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Hino 338 Dumper

This compact but tough Hino 338 is one of 175 ordered by West Virginia's Highway Department. The 2010 model has old wing-like grille bars; new 2011s have blockier styling. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

What's this foreign truck doing in the hands of an agency of one of these United States? Helping West Virginia's Department of Highways maintain roads and bridges, and plowing snow and spreading salt in the winter.

Tags: Test Drive

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: Navistar's ProStar+ Cooling System Features Dimpled Radiator Vanes, Multi-Speed Fan

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

"We're experts in cooling. It's not that we wanted to become experts, but that is what it has taken," said Ramin Younessi, Navistar's vice president of powertrain and strategy. He was talking of the development of the cooling systems to support the 12.4-liter MaxxForce 1

Tags: Engine Smarts

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Air-Ride Axle on the Road in a T660

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

In line with an emerging trend to migrate air suspensions up to the front of the truck, Kenworth has introduced the AG130 for T660, T800 and T2000

Tags: Test Drive

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Balancing Act - Why Balance Just Tires? They Are Only One Part Of A Rotating Assembly.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Try starting a discussion about balancing truck wheels. You can just watch the eyeballs rolling backward in their sockets

Tags: Tires

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Graphic Success: This Fleet's Testing Helped it Choose Aero Devices

(Photo by John Ehlers, Quad Graphics)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Testing on regular runs showed Duplainville Transport which aerodynamic improvers to use on its 53-by-102 van trailers, and experience shows substantial fuel economy gains with a quick payback on the extra money invested

Tags: Trailers

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 6 - 7 Roundup: Trucks & Trends in Mediums

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Retail sales of medium-duty trucks are generally climbing as the economy improves, and the time is right for a sales war, at least in the view of the market leader, Navistar International

Tags: Light & Medium

November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lead Weights On The Way Out

An estimated 2,000 tons of lead tire weights are lost from vehicles each year

Tags: Tires

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

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