Jack Roberts

Overcoming the ‘gap’: A big obstacle still remains in truck-trailer aerodynamics

| June 17, 2014

While bumper-mounted air dams, wheel coverings and trailer side skirts and tails have improved airflow underneath and around tractor-trailers dramatically, the trailer gap remains a stubborn aerodynamic challenge for engineers.

Spec’ing an inverter – and other quickie video tips

| June 09, 2014

Overdrive's 30-second-vid series stems from the notion that "Money flows from knowledge." The more you know about your truck – and the separate systems that all must work together to make a cross-country trip both ...

Kenworth designs lightweight T680 52-inch mid-roof sleeper

| June 07, 2014

Operating a lightweight vehicle is a ‘must-have’ for many over-the-road operators in the trucking industry, especially in LTL and regional haul applications. To address that need, Kenworth Truck Company announces the availability of a lightweight ...

Tough enough: Volvo’s VNX easily transitions from on-road to off with I-Shift transmission

| May 29, 2014

Equipment Editor Jack Roberts recently took Volvo's versatile VNX for a test spin pulling with flatbed loaded with 77,500 pounds of concrete blocks around 6 and 7 percent grades on Interstate 26 in Tennessee. Here's ...

Meritor unveils plan for ‘intelligent’ axle

| May 23, 2014

Meritor says its new 17X Logic Drive system offers signifiant enhancements in fuel economy for trucks in long-haul applications

Mack’s big dog: Titan primed to meet toughest challenges of construction rebound

| April 30, 2014

If you went into a lab and boiled down everything Mack Trucks has learned over the past 114 years from every battlefield, jobsite, dam and highway that have seen its trucks, you’d probably come away ...

Cummins unveils new truck, engine for Chinese market

| April 08, 2014

Cummins unveiled April 8, along side Chinese truck maker Foton, a new truck and a new engine developed for the Chinese market, but innovations from the engine could come to Cummins' North American lineup.

Peterbilt releases ‘Epiq’ fuel economy package, special edition anniversary truck

| March 26, 2014

Peterbilt turned 75 years old back in January. And the truck manufacturer is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary with a special edition Model 579 tractor that will be the star of a nationwide tour starting in ...

Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts is executive editor for CCJ and equipment editor for its sister magazine Overdrive. Roberts joined Randall-Reilly in 1995 as associate editor of Equipment World magazine and began covering both heavy-duty and light trucks in 1996. In 2006 he was the founding editor of Total Landscape Care before joining CCJ's staff in 2008.

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