Dean Smallwood

Equipment Spotlight: For today’s tech-heavy trucks, AGM batteries may be best

| April 14, 2014

Vehicular batteries are technological marvels. But for all our dependence on them in both commercial and consumer applications, they largely are forgotten or ignored – until they fail, of course. For most of the past century, ...

Changing Gear: MATS tidbits from Mobile Awareness, Meritor-P.S.I., Toyo, Continental, AIMS Power

| April 07, 2014

Sometimes in the midst of the array of announcements made at the Mid-America Trucking Show, a few tidbits unrelated to MATS might seep through the cracks. So let’s set the record straight with a few ...

Changing Gear: MATS previews from Dometic, Mack, Volvo, Utility, Yokohama, Reyco Granning, Kinedyne

| March 24, 2014

At this week’s Mid-America Trucking Shown at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., Dometic Group is unveiling its Split-System Blizzard 134a, a battery-operated air conditioning unit that provides 10 no-idle hours of cooling. Available ...

Changing Gear: TMC updates from Cummins, Eaton, Dana, Webb Wheel, Phillips, Idle Smart

| March 18, 2014

The Technology and Maintenance Council’s annual meeting usually is the time that fleet maintenance managers gather to discuss the latest technical and shop trends, so naturally the vendors that attend the event and hold press ...

Changing Gear: Updates from Circle R, Air-Weigh, Road Choice, Meritor, ATDynamics

| March 10, 2014

Sounds like these two companies could make hay at making weight. Circle R Side Dump has made Air-Weigh’s digital QuickLoad Trailer Scale standard on its 37-foot SuperCube high-capacity side dump trailer. The QuickLoad Trailer Scale ...

Changing Gear: Updates from Exxon Mobil, Daimler, Kenworth, Volvo, Navistar

| March 04, 2014

This union sounds like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants announced that Daimler Trucks has chosen Mobil Delvac-branded heavy-duty diesel engine oils for factory-fill in its Freightliner- and Western Star-branded vehicles. ...

Changing Gear: Updates from Western Star, Fontaine, Progressive, Beall, Stemco

| February 17, 2014

Western Star announces frame rail-mounted vertical exhaust stack for 4700s, Progressive refreshes its LED packaging and more.

Changing Gear: Updates from TRP, Western Star, East, Fontaine

| February 11, 2014

TRP Aftermarket Parts unveils a new user-friendly website, while Western Star brings a tough Allison transmission into the fold and more.

Dean Smallwood

I'm Dean Smallwood, managing editor of CCJ and Overdrive magazine. I'm responsible for handling production of the monthly CCJ and Overdrive print and digital editions. I have two decades-plus of journalism experience, with nearly half of that spent covering the transportation industry.

Stay Connected

Sign up to get Overdrive's daily newsletter.