Equipment Issues

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May 26, 2017

Fleets Bear the Pain in Glut Market for Used Trucks

Industry experts say a glut of used trucks remains on the market and, in extreme cases, some fleets actually owe more for equipment than it is now worth on the secondary market.

May 18, 2016

Unlucky Tip Over on the Tappan Zee Bridge

Did you see that scrap-hauling rig tipping over on the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River last Friday? The rear axle broke loose and the trailer lost its footing. What a Friday-the-13th happening!

October 28, 2012

Corrosion: Why Put up With It?

Take a look as you drive the highway. Look at the trucks and trailers representing major corporations. See the corrosion?

March 22, 2012

Refurbishing Works for This Fleet

A few years ago, Steph Sabo looked at the latest truck diesels and didn't like what he saw

March 21, 2012

Automated Mechanical Transmissions Gaining Steadily in Class 8 Trucks

Talk about transmissions in commercial trucks, and you'll talk a lot about Eaton. The Michigan-based manufacturer continues to dominate the business in Class 8 and remains strong in Classes 6 and 7. However, there are other names in the busines

March 20, 2012

Regional Trucks Have Room to Optimize and Specialize

Chances are, within the next five years you'll be in the market for a regional-spec tractor or maybe a whole fleet of them. The North American supply chain is changing

March 20, 2012

Which Engine Displacement is Right for Your Regional Truck?

The powertrain is a necessarily large part of the spec'ing exercise, and a great deal goes into the decision: anticipated lifecycle; annual miles; average horsepower per mile; vehicle weight; terrain and more

January 17, 2012

How Much Will the Engine of the Future Resemble Today's Powerplants?

The engine of the future is probably similar to the one in your current truck. It's an internal combustion engine with pistons, valves, crankshaft and other familiar parts, an inline 4 or 6, or a V-6 or V-8

November 4, 2011

Volvo's 750-Horsepower Truck and Sweden's Longer, Heavier Trucks

What makes a truck and engine manufacturer want to launch a 750-horsepower engine for standard trucks? Volvo already offered its 16-liter inline six cylinder engine with overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder and unit injectors, capable of 700 horsepower

September 9, 2011

It Might Be Time for a 6x2

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

September 6, 2011

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

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

July 10, 2011

When a 13-Liter Diesel Engine is Right for You

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

July 6, 2011

Is There a Glider Kit in Your Future?

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

July 6, 2011

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

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

June 5, 2011

The Facts about Lumen Ratings

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

October 15, 2010

Kenworth Offers Advice on Specs for Dump Trucks

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

June 16, 2010

Daycab A/C Units Offer Quick Payback

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

April 20, 2010

Lift Axle Considerations

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

April 16, 2010

An Automatic Yes: Transmission Trends

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

February 12, 2010

Hybrid Yard Jockey Delivers

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


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