Glider Kits

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May 9, 2014

Test Drive: Clarke-APG Dual-Fuel Glider

From the ground and behind the wheel, you’d think this Freightliner Columbia is brand new. This was obvious on a run out on Interstate 70 in eastern Missouri, pulling a hopper-bottom trailer with a heavy load of granulated lime destined for an animal-food plant in Montgomery City, west of St. Louis. It rode, shifted and ran like new, and was just as comfortable.

February 5, 2014

FET Exemption for Glider-Kitted Trucks Might End, IRS Indicates

Exemption from the 12% FET is a major benefit of buying gliders instead of new trucks, but new IRS thinking would take away that break.

February 4, 2014

Truck Buying Options: New, Used, Buy or Lease

What’ll it be, buddy? New or used? Buy or lease? A salesperson could throw those questions at a prospective buyer and get a combination of answers, and none of them would be absolutely wrong. Because like everything in trucking, “it depends.”

February 3, 2014

Dual-Fuel Gliders: A Way to Get Into Natural Gas for Less Money

Dual-fuel glider kits are a relatively new alternative for fleets looking to tap into the benefits of natural gas but at less cost than buying a new, dedicated NG vehicle. A glider is a new truck without some powertrain components. Shops in the field add rebuilt or remanufactured engines, transmissions and rear axles.

January 13, 2014

The Return of the Truck that Never Went Away

Many thought the Argosy COE went out of production in 2006, but it's still available in NAFTA markets as a glider kit. DTNA says interest in the truck is growing as more customers become aware of its continued availability.

December 12, 2013

Glider-Kit Tractor to Demo Money-Saving Dual-Fuel System, Cab Heater

A demonstrator tractor featuring dual-fuel equipment and a diesel-fueled heater will show the advantages of the glider kits run partly on natural gas and heaters that warm engine coolant and the cab without engine idling.

November 20, 2013

EcoDual, Hunter Truck Sales to Offer Peterbilt Dual Fuel Gliders

EcoDual Inc. is partnering with Hunter Truck Sales, one of Peterbilt dealers with 15 locations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Hunter will provide custom configured Peterbilt gliders with EcoDual's platform, the MAX/SR Dual Fuel System.

August 6, 2013

Ervin To Launch American Power Group Dual Fuel Glider Kit

American Power Group Corp. announced that Ervin Equipment, Inc. has expanded its product line to include glider kits with APG’s Turbocharged Natural Gas Dual Fuel Upgrade System.

April 30, 2013

The Return of the Glider

Glider kits — new trucks and tractors that get rebuilt or remanufactured powertrain components — make up a small percentage of total new-truck purchases, partly because most truck operators know little about them.

March 25, 2013

Dual Fuel Glider Offers Another Path to Natural Gas Transition

American Power Group has partnered with Fitzgerald Glider Kits and the WheelTime Network to offer what it says is the nation’s first natural gas dual fuel glider.

March 15, 2013

Not Much Clarity With New IRS FET Advice

The trucking industry recently asked the Internal Revenue Service for clarification about how Federal Excise Tax applies to glider kits, seeking what Greg Althardt, partner of the dealership group at accountancy firm CliftonLarsonAllen, called some "bright line" results. It got some clarification, but not enough.

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