Dean Smallwood

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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Changing Gear: ‘Sense’-ible Navistar-Allison teamup, Continental upgrade, ConMet’s catalog, one million served by Goodyear-Fleet HQ

After a couple of weeks of blogs dedicated to waxes and trade shows, let’s play catch-up on a few random items of interest that landed on my desk in the meantime. Navistar is offering Allison Transmission’s FuelSense fuel-efficiency package on its medium-duty and vocational International truck models. FuelSense, available in Allison’s 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 series transmissions, is engineered to adapt shift schedules and torque automatically, maximizing transmission efficiency based on load, grade and duty ...

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Changing Gear: GATS product roundup

Another Great American Trucking Show has come and gone, and by all accounts, this one was one of Randall-Reilly’s (Overdrive’s publisher, by the way) most successful Dallas events yet. Lots of beautiful rigs contending for the Overdrive’s Pride & Polish National Championship, the successful launch of the Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search singing competition, the crowning of Emily Weymouth as this year’s Overdrive’s Most Beautiful winner (who looks pretty darn happy about the award, ...

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Changing Gear: New tech trends from American Power Group, Optronics, Kenworth, King Controls

I get a lot of announcements from companies that have made relatively minor tweaks to traditional must-have products such as tires and brake pads, but every now and then I hear from vendors that are making some neat high-tech updates to their products, some in relatively recently-developed and niche markets. This week, let’s take a look at a few trend-breaking companies and their updated offerings. For example, American Power Group – a provider of turbocharged natural ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Kenworth, Dana, Bendix, Fontaine, Snap-on

Kenworth made a lot of headlines last week. First, the truck maker has added Dana’s Spicer AdvanTek 40 tandem axle for new Class 8 pickup-and-delivery, regional haul and linehaul trucks equipped with the Kenworth AG380 or AG400L suspension. The AdvanTek 40 axle incorporates a gearing design to help increase fuel economy, improve reliability and reduce vehicle weight. Axle ratios of 2.26, 2.39, 2.53, 2.64 and 2.79 are available on Kenworth Class 8 trucks, including the ...

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Changing Gear: Distribution team-ups from Navistar-Eaton, Fontaine-Mainstay, Vipar-Penray, Piedmont-Continental, Philatron-CED

We’ve been hearing from a lot of OEMs and vendors who are collaborating on distribution solutions to make a few top-notch and highly desired products a little more accessible to truckers. This week, let’s highlight a few of those recently announced team-ups. We’ll start with Navistar, which has tapped Eaton as its new supplier of heavy-duty remanufactured transmissions. The majority of the deliveries to Navistar’s roughly 350 North American dealers will be Eaton Flex Reman transmissions. ...

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Changing Gear: Truck tech help from Bridgestone, Kenworth of South Louisiana, Webb Wheel, Donaldson, Anderson Flaps

Some of trucking’s top vendors stepped forward last week with lots of helpful services and tips to maximize uptime and keep your big rigs rolling. Here’s a brief sample: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations unveiled its newly rebranded GCR Tires & Service division, with a goal to provide standardized service across all of its U.S. locations by offering the same hours of operation, Tire Industry Association-trained technicians, a nationally connected sales force and one website for all ...

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