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How to Evaluate Performance of Improved Tire Designs
By Pressure Systems International
Tire companies continue to make improvements to existing products on an ongoing basis. New materials in combination with new and improved design construction may significantly help tire performance.
Test Drive: Oshkosh S-Series Mixer
Precise concrete placement is a traditional feature for this front-discharge mixer, but relatively new is natural gas power.
<p><strong>The front-facing barrel and chute on this Oshkosh S-Series allow the driver to place the concrete right where the crew wants it, and front-driving axle helps get it through sand and mud. Here the chute is stowed for travel, with its extensions flipped up.</strong></p> By Tom Berg
Precise concrete placement is a traditional feature for this front-discharge mixer, but relatively new is natural gas power.
Quick Spin: Peterbilt Model 220
<p><strong>Peterbilt&rsquo;s Model 220 features the PX-7 engine, Allison automatic transmission and all the visibility a driver could hope for.</strong></p> By Jim Park
Peterbilt's new Class 6/7 COE is ideally suited for city P&D as well as landscaping applications.
Vocational Sales Climb as Construction, Energy Grow
By Tom Berg
Demand for vocational trucks and trailers continues to be pushed by oil and gas producers, road building and municipal business, according to truck manufacturers and researchers. Revivals in housing and commercial construction are also factors as vocational Class 8 retail truck sales are up 9.2% through July compared to last year, and should be up by 16.4% for all of 2014.
What’s Going on with my Brakes?
<p><strong>Front-axle brakes designed to meet reduced stopping distance rules may not run hot enough under normal driving conditions</strong>.&nbsp;</p> By Jim Park
When we started looking at wheel-end issues for this month's Tires & Wheels story, we discovered that reduced stopping distance rules have had some unintended consequences.

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Weather Guard Packages Made for Ford Transit Van Weather Guard is now making storage packages specifically for Ford’s 2015 Transit vans, designed for a variety of industry trades including electrical, mechanical and plumbing.
Mack Adds More Efficient Powertrain Mack Trucks released its latest integrated powertrain option, the Mack MP7 204 Super Econodyne with improved fuel efficiency.
Ridewell Announces New Lightweight Trailer Suspensions Ridewell Suspensions is adding a series of 13,200-pound-capacity trailer suspensions to its RSS-233 product line, designed to reduce weight without sacrificing overall durability.
Mitsubishi Announces Idle Limit System Option for Canter Trucks Mitsubishi Fuso has made an idle limit system optional for its Canter line of work trucks.
Phillips Introduces Liftgate Sockets With Swivel Technology Phillips Industries has introduced new single and dual pole liftgate sockets with swivel and automatic disconnect features.

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