Dean Smallwood

Changing Gear: Lubricants and coolants rewind

Since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few announcements for new products. This week, Overdrive’s "Changing Gear" series takes a look back at some fresh lubricants and coolants to help keep your truck working and running its best. Berkebile Oil’s Protection First Class penetrating lubricant and rust inhibitor is solvent-free and is formulated to spray easily and stick to surfaces due to ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Today’s seats offer a more relaxing ride

Yesterday’s sort-of-comfortable truck pressure are minimized by specially designed seats may have been an afterthought air lumbar and back foam, longer adjustable in the overall scheme of the cab’s interior design. Today’s modern specialty seats are designed with ergonomics, flexibility
 and comfort in mind. Back stress and spinal armrests and added width in the shoulder region. Operators easily can find custom truck seats that often are more comfortable than their home recliners. Seats Inc.’s Next Generation ...

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Changing Gear: Tech trends from ALK, Mitchell 1, Winegard

Technology always seems to be evolving and getting better and easier to use, and the world of trucking is no stranger to this nonending evolution. A few companies have announced technology upgrades to keep trucks running the right way and in tip-top shape, as well as products that can help make those rest hours a little more enjoyable. You can be sure your maps are taking you in the right direction now that ALK has updated ...

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Changing Gear: Maintenance and performance rewind

This week we’re resuming Overdrive’s series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts. Today we’re hitting rewind on some recent products to help keep your truck looking and working its best. Penray’s year-round Pow-R 365 5 in 1 Diesel Treatment for both ...

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Changing Gear: News from Utility, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Hino, Snap-on

In the market for your own flatbed but you’d like a closer look? Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. has released a new video showcasing the company’s flatbed and curtainsided trailer models. The video features information on the components and manufacturing process of Utility’s 4000A, an aluminum/steel combo model; 4000S, an all-steel model; drop deck; and Tautliner curtainsided trailer. Components featured in the video include load securement point pipe spools, a full-length integral winch track, the optional ...

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Changing Gear: Tire rewind

This week we’re resuming Overdrive’s series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts. Today we’re hitting rewind on some new tires to help keep you rolling down the road. Goodyear’s fuel-efficient Fuel Max LHD G505D long-haul drive tire features the company’s proprietary ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Auxiliary power units

For cost-conscious owner-operators, an idle-reduction system is often at the top of the list for saving money on fuel. It’s important to research costs and specs to find the right fit for your application.

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Changing Gear: Wabco’s innovations from across the pond

Since they happened overseas while most of us were asleep, you might have missed last week’s announcements by Wabco, which chose last week’s IAA Commercial Vehicles 2014 event in Hanover, Germany, to roll out a wide array of safety and fuel efficiency technologies to help fleets and drivers with both their compliance efforts and their bottom lines. While the technologies are geared toward European operations, there’s a likelihood some of these innovations will make their ...

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Changing Gear: Kenworth on an upgrade tear

Handling product announcements for OverdriveOnline.com and its print product, I see a slew of gear-related news cross my desk on a daily basis. For the most part, this is all good information worth passing along to you readers, so I put a fresh spin on it and post it online, and later I send a similar version of the same story to the printers for our hard-copy magazine – you do remember magazines, don’t you? Anyway, ...

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Changing Gear: Trailer rewind

This week we’re resuming our series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts. Today we’re hitting rewind on some new trailers and related products to help you get the most out of your hauls. East’s narrow-neck all-aluminum flatbed trailer has been combined ...

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