Test Drive

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October 10, 2013

Test Drive Photos: Single-Rear-Axle Granite MHD

Photo Gallery: Senior Editor Tom Berg took the Mack Single-Rear-Axle Granite MHD for a test drive.

October 1, 2013

Test Drive: KW T800, ISX12 G Paired

My drive of the Cummins Wesport ISX12 G was at a mid-July “natural gas summit” hosted by Kenworth at its plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. A half-dozen gas-powered KWs built for different applications were offered to dealers, customers and press reporters for inspection and evaluation. A few fellows with CDLs, like me, took them for drives, and I had – how shall I say? – a learning experience while in a T800 short-haul daycab tractor pulling a 53-foot van trailer.

October 1, 2013

Test Drive: Natural Gas Freightliner Cascadia 113

Freightliner’s Cascadia 113 and the ISX12 G from Cummins Westport aren’t exactly strangers. About 100 of the trucks have been in customer hands for some months now. Equipment Editor Jim Park takes one for a spin.

October 1, 2013

Test Drive Photos: Freightliner NG Cascadia 113

The natural gas version of the Freightliner Cascadia 113 is every bit as capable as its diesel sisters. Check out Equipment Editor Jim Park's photos.

October 1, 2013

Test Drive: KW T800, ISX12 G Paired

Taking the Cummins Westport ISX12 G for a ride in the Kenworth T800.

September 6, 2013

Test Drive: Redesigned Terex

Time is money, and that’s the essence of a front-discharge mixer. It drives right up to where concrete’s needed and, after the driver adds chute extensions, starts offloading. Terex/Advance Mixer in Fort Wayne, Ind., makes rear-discharge drums for mounting on conventional truck chassis, but its heart is in the front-discharge version that it builds all-new and as glider kits.

September 6, 2013

Test Drive Photos: Terex FDB6000

HDT Editor Tom Berg recently took a Test Drive of the Terex FDB6000. Check out the slide show of this front-discharge mixer.

July 1, 2013

Ram 1500 Focuses on Fuel Economy

How does 18 mpg in city driving and 25 on the highway sound for a full-size pickup? That’s what Chrysler’s Ram brand is claiming for some of its 1500 series trucks with a gutsy V-6 gasoline engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

June 10, 2013

Test Drive: Meritor's 6x2 SmarTandem

In the March issue of Heavy Duty Trucking, Equipment Editor Jim Park took readers for a ride with Meritor's 6x2 SmarTandem single-drive-axle tandem configuration in Michigan's upper pennisula in February. As he puts it: What better place to traction-test the system?

CLICK HERE to read the full story about Jim Park's test drive of the system.

May 17, 2013

Test Drive: Kenworth's T880 Day-cab Tractor

Equipment Editor Jim Park still recalls his first meeting with a T800. It was in the fall of'86, the year the truck was introduced and a little more than a year after the T600 had made its game-changing debut.

May 17, 2013

Kenworth T880 Dump Truck

Only a couple of days after announcing its new T880 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., in March, Kenworth had a couple of trucks for us press people to drive. Equipment Editor Jim Park and I were pleased to be among the scribes who got their hands on the just-minted vocational and regional-haul vehicles.

May 15, 2013

Test Drive Photos: Kenworth's New T880

In the May 2013 issue of Heavy Duty Trucking, Editors Tom Berg and Jim Park described their experiences taking Kenworth's T880 out for a test drive. They snapped these pictures.

May 14, 2013

Driving impressions: Electronic Assist Systems Help New Sprinter’s Handling

The day after its introduction in Dusseldorf, in northern Germany, we reporters had a chance to drive Mercedes-Benz’s new Sprinter van for a few hours on various surfaces, from a test track to a dirt road and on a nearby Autobahn.

May 6, 2013

Test Drive: Navistar Prostar+ with Cummins ISX

In the April issue of Heavy Duty Trucking, Equipment Editor Jim Park related his experience taking Navistar's Prostar+ with a Cummins ISX under the hood our for a Test Drive.

April 30, 2013

Cummins and Navistar Reunite

Red engines have been fixtures under Navistar hoods since the late ‘90s. Except for the recent hiatus, you have to go back some 75 years to the days when Cummins and International trucks weren't almost synonymous in North America.

April 3, 2013

Test Drive: Meritor's 6x2 SmarTandem

The 6x2 concept isn't new, but it's not popular on our side of the Atlantic Ocean. Meritor aims to change that with its new SmarTandem single-drive-axle tandem configuration. Equipment Editor Jim Park reports on his driving impressions.

February 12, 2013

Test Drive: Cat CT-660 at Work

When reviewing a product like the Caterpillar CT-660, there is no replacement for getting the opinion of the people who have been using it day in and day out. “The drivers love it,” said John “Dick” Jones, president of Jones Fuel Co. in Columbus, Ohio, talking about the fleet’s first in-service dump truck.

February 3, 2013

Test Drive: WorkStar 7600

The sloped hood on International's WorkStar 7600 was first shown off at the World of Concrete show in 2010, but with vocational-truck business seriously down during the recession, it only went into production last fall.

January 6, 2013

Test Drive: Daimler's DT12 Automated Transmission

The arrival of Detroit's DT12 automated manual transmission wasn't unexpected. Daimler AG, the parent company of Daimler Trucks North America and Detroit Inc., has been using such transmissions in Europe for many years in the Mercedes Actros line and earlier products

January 6, 2013

Test Drive: Mack's SuperEconodyne Can Lug Down Low for Fuel Savings

Cruising down the Interstate, you glance at the tachometer and gasp as you see the needle hovering at under 1,200 rpm. Yet the engine isn't vibrating or straining, and the rig continues to move steadily forward

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