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Supplementing Dump Trucks with 'Slingers'

Supplementing Dump Trucks with 'Slingers'

Dump trucks can do a lot of hauling and delivery work, but there’s a limit to how precisely certain loads can be placed. One alternative is the “slinger,” which adds a high-capacity conveyor-belt mechanism to a hopper body.

May 26, 2015

Bob Sliwa’s 3rd Aero Project Has Shell’s Backing

Bob Sliwa’s 3rd Aero Project Has Shell’s Backing

The StarShip tractor-trailer will get mpg that's "better than anyone else," but the former owner-operator, whose work with aerodynamics goes back to the 80s, is not announcing a target number.

May 13, 2015

Driving on Kilowatts

Driving on Kilowatts

From a distance, this green tractor looks pretty much like any other International ProStar daycab. But the powerplant is very different. Senior Editor Tom Berg drives the TransPower battery-electric tractor.

May 12, 2015

Retractable Tarping Mechanisms Quick, Safe

Retractable Tarping Mechanisms Quick, Safe

Throwing a tarpaulin over a big load on a flatbed trailer, especially on a cold, snowy windy day might be the most difficult job in trucking but there are easier alternatives.

April 24, 2015

Trading Diesel for Kilowatts

Trading Diesel for Kilowatts

In California, electric vehicles’ zero tailpipe emissions are golden, that’s why Transportation Power Inc. has been designing and testing battery-electric heavy drayage and yard tractors.

April 20, 2015

Test Drive: CNG F-650 Dump Truck
Spec'ing Electrical Parts for A 12-Year Life
Test Drive: Western Star 4900SB

Test Drive: Western Star 4900SB

The tough, burly tractor and its 600-hp diesel work hard to pull a heavy “train” trailer in frozen conditions.

March 18, 2015

Work-Truck Body or Upfitted Cargo Van?
Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends
Why Kenworth’s T880 Won the ATD Truck of the Year
Diesel Particulate Filters: Blessing and Curse
A Safer Way to Clear Snow and Ice From Van Trailers

A Safer Way to Clear Snow and Ice From Van Trailers

Although laws in several states require owners to clean off the roofs before the vehicles head for the road, that’s easier decreed than done, as Tom Berg explores in January's Once Around the Yard.

January 21, 2015

Test Drive: Sprinter 4x4s Traverse Rough Terrain
ZCube Trailers Are Back To the Future

ZCube Trailers Are Back To the Future

Zenith Global Logistics, which hauls and delivers home and hotel furnishings across much of the nation, needed more capacity. So its managers looked around and rediscovered low-floor, high-cube van trailers that the fleet used 20 years ago.

December 24, 2014