On the road with the ISX15 showed there's little for a driver to feel different from what went before. But there are new responsibilities with the need to keep the diesel exhaust fluid topped up. Photo by STF


Cummins Previews 2010 ISX

If it hadn't been for the development of copper zeolite as a catalyst to use in reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx), Cummins might have been right alongside Navistar in using increased levels of exhaust gas circulatio


Piggyback Pointers: Spec'ing For Intermodal

For much of the history of trailer-on-flatcar operations, semitrailers had to be beefed up to take the beating of rail service

This Kenworth T470, set up with a dump bed and plow mount, aims at municipal and construction customers. Photo by Tom Berg


Test Drive: Kenworth's T470 Serious Baby 8

Municipal trucks have to work all year round, and they work especially hard when heavy snow falls. "Plow trucks" keep motorized civilization moving, and for this task and others that demand strong specifications, Kenworth has the T470

Normally loaded, tires have a flat, even footprint. When empty at highway speed, the only center of the tread makes contact with the pavement.


Mistaken Identity: Do Light Loads Really Cause Excessive Tire Wear?

Empty miles can chew up more than your balance sheet. Running empty one way may be good for fuel consumption, but it's hell on tires

Neither incandescents nor fluorescents can hold a candle(power) to light-emitting diodes, which make good white light and last a lifetime. The LED lighting pictured here is from Grote Industries.


Interior Lighting? Think LEDs

Daylight's great for as long as it lasts, and then we switch on electric lights. But for lighting up the insides of trailers, forget old-fashioned incandescent and even late-model fluorescent types

2010 engines push debut of some 2011 trucks well into the new year. Shown is Hino's model 145.


Class 3-5 Update: Model Year Mash-up

Look for altered model years from many builders after Jan. 1 as they prepare to begin installing EPA 2010-legal diesels in their commercial trucks at various points next year


Worth the Weight

With 2010 almost upon us, we have now had the opportunity to touch, feel and drive both technologies to meet the upcoming emissions limits, set for Jan.

The all-American vehicle gets engine advances as the Great Recession begins to end. Pictured is the new Dodge Ram 2500.


Pickups Update: Engine Advances Up Fuel Economy

Advances in gasoline and diesel engines for pickup trucks are just in time to catch the beginning of the end of the recession, the worst downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930

Shifts on uphill grades under heavy load are lightning-fast, thanks to the inertia brake and outstanding shifting logic.


Test Drive: Eaton's New UltraShift Plus Has Brains and Brawn

Eaton's UltraShift has been updated and upgraded with a new, two-plate, electronically activated clutch and revised logic for the electronic controller that makes it a much sweeter transmission that will learn - or coach - according to driver deman

Carrying excessive inventory makes little sense. If you can accurately predict replacement cycles, your money stays where it belongs.


Turn Rubber into Gold: Tire Management

Here's a quick quiz: What's your tire cost per mile? How many miles per 32nd do you get out of a steer or drive tire? How many miles do you expect from a steer tire

Understanding Trailer Tire Pressure
With a continued focus on increased productivity, fleets and owner-operators are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and increase up-time. Tires are one of the top ten expenses in the trucking industry.
12-point Buying Guide to Video-Based Safety Systems
Fleets of all sizes and across all industries are leveraging video to improve driver performance and eliminate risky driving that leads to collisions and drives up costs. Download this free 12-point Buying Guide that outlines the selection criteria to consider whether you’re just getting started with video technology or looking to upgrade your current program.

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