HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

July 2014

Cover Story
5 Keys to Best Parts-Buying Practices
By Denise Rondini

Trucks are on the road much longer than they used to be, and that translates into a greater demand and investment in parts, service, and ongoing maintenance. Which means parts purchasing decisions more important than ever.

Features

2014 Trailer Update

By Denise Rondini

A sampling of the products trailer manufacturers have newly developed and made modifications to, as well as recently announced partnerships and expanded production capabilities.

The Story Behind Peterbilt’s Anniversary Truck

By Tom Berg

After finding the "old Pete" in an Arizona desert in the mid-1990s, restorer Bob Dean decided to give this classic 1939 Peterbilt a new life just in time for the company's 75th anniversary.

Oil Viscosity: How Low Can You Go? Chevron conducted a live teardown of a Detroit DD15 engine, with more than 400,000 miles of service using Delo 400 XLE 10W-30, during the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

To meet expected greenhouse gas/fuel efficiency standards, oil companies and engine makers have been busy developing a new standard for engine oils that will provide a new type of lower-viscosity oil to improve engine efficiency.

Brake Trends: Drums vs. Discs

By Tom Berg

While drum brakes have been enlarged and strengthened to meet stricter federal stopping distance requirements and are currently used on 90% of heavy trucks, discs are gaining in popularity.

Retread Your Way to Prosperity

By Jim Park

Despite success stories reported by successful fleets, some misconceptions about retreads still exist. These myths are often based on bad, and sometimes severely outdated, information.

Departments

Test Drive: Cummins-Eaton Powertrain Smooth as Silk The brand-new Peterbilt Model 579 loaned to us by TransX Ltd. had less than 40 miles on the clock. The SmartAdvantage powertrain makes it a very nice place to work.  Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Cummins and Eaton may have finally nailed it with their SmartAdvantage Powertrain combo, reports Equipment Editor Jim Park in July's Test Drive. The SmartAdvantage powertrain offers fuel and weight saving, as well as a very, very good driving experience.

3 Tools for Finding the Best Qualified Drivers

By Bob Rose, J.J. Keller & Associates

Few things will impact your overall recruiting, driver qualification, and safety results more than the quality of new drivers you bring into the organization.

Editorials

Commentary: Lightweighting the Way

By Rolf Lockwood

Is lightweighting actually new? Well, not really, at least not in our world of big trucks and long trailers, says Rolf Lockwood in July's "Locking It In" column.

Commentary: Hours of Service Insanity

By Deborah Lockridge

Combine a truck crash, a celebrity, and an election year, and what do you get? An HOS rules feeding frenzy on Capitol Hill and in the media.

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