equipment-products

Changing Gear: Team-ups from Wabash-Aurora, Kenworth-Meritor and Eaton, Peterbilt-Bendix

Trailers from top-flight manufacturers tend to last a while, and trailer maker Wabash National recently announced a collaboration with a leading aftermarket supplier to make sure its trailers can carry your loads as long as possible. The company has signed a five-year deal with Aurora Parts & Accessories to be the exclusive supplier of all aftermarket parts for the company’s dry van, refrigerated van and platform trailers sold under the brand names Wabash National, Transcraft ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Coolants and additives

Because heavy-duty diesel engines have to do tough jobs, sometimes in tough environments, providing them with quality protection is a must to maintain optimal performance. The continued evolution of diesel engines has led to many types of coolants and additives, some required for specific power units. These products are intended to help engines do their jobs their best. Amsoil Diesel Injector Clean and Amsoil Diesel Injector Clean-Cold Flow both feature new formulations designed to clean tough-to-remove ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Yokohama-Freightliner, Meritor-Kenworth, Bendix, Mahle

Here’s some good news for Freightliner truck buyers who prefer Yokohama Tires: New Freightliner trucks can be equipped with Yokohama’s complete line of commercial truck tires, including ultra-wide base, drive, trailer and steer/all-position. All available Yokohama tire positions are now an option in Freightliner’s Data Book. Rick Phillips, vice president of sales for Yokohama Tire Corp, says the move is part of the company’s “focus on fleets” initiative designed to make sure fleets can get the ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Truck batteries becoming smaller, lighter, tougher, smarter

For all of our dependence on truck batteries in commercial applications, they largely are forgotten or ignored – until they fail. That’s why most of the slowly evolving developments involving automotive batteries over the past century have centered on longer maintenance-free life. Today, the focus is on additional storage capacity and power density. Rising fuel prices, anti-idling laws, alternative-drive vehicles and an exponential boom in the power requirements on commercial vehicles all are driving more battery ...

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Peterbilt offering $1,000 rebate to OOIDA members

Peterbilt Motor Co. is offering Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association members a $1,000 cash rebate when they purchase a qualifying truck through a Peterbilt dealership. Up to three trucks can be purchased during 2015 under the rebate program. Trucks available through the program are Model 579 with a 72-, 78- or 80-inch sleeper; Model 389 with a 72-, 78- or 80-inch sleeper; and Model 587 with a factory-installed sleeper. Customers must take retail delivery of the vehicle during ...

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Changing Gear: News from Kenworth, Peterbilt, Webb Wheel

Last month at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth Truck Co. introduced its sweet-looking limited-edition Icon 900 tractor, and it sure didn’t take long for Murphy-Hoffman Co. to sign up. The dealership, with locations in 13 states, will receive the first 50 Icon trucks. The Icon 900s offers the classic styling of the company’s W900L, a 130-in.-BBC long-nose conventional with an extended hood. The trucks are available with 72-inch flat-top or 86-inch studio configurations. All will have ...

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Changing Gear: Truck and engine 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 products relevant to your engines and helping them perform their best. Perrin’s 18-inch-wide Dynasys SL auxiliary power unit is an automotive-style HVAC ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Yokohama, Bosch, Donaldson, Ryder, ZF

Yokohama Tire Corp. is rolling down the virtual highway more smoothly thanks to its recently launched dedicated commercial tire website, YokohamaTruck.com, and the company says the site has a lot more than just its full line of commercial tires on it. The site also features several business-driven tools such as Yokohama’s new Tire Inspection Guide that helps fleet customers identify the most common tire issues and fixes to help minimize downtime. Other tools featured on YokohamaTruck.com ...

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Changing Gear: Ryder launches nat gas program, Hyundai could enter U.S. truck market

Is natural gas still a natural solution for the trucking industry’s never-ending fuel economy woes? Granted, the recent run of low diesel prices might leave some to believe that a lot of fleets might have, well, overreacted a tad when they dove hard into natural gas by spec’ing new trucks and rerouting lanes past alt-fuel locations. But it appears that a recent business decision by a company that knows a little bit about the demands ...

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Kenworth T370 getting heavier front axles

Kenworth Truck Co.announced it soon will offer heavier front axles for its T370 Class 7 model. The company said that with the new 18,000-pound and 20,000-pound front axles, customers can put more weight on the front ends for fuel-hauling, dump, mixer, utility and crane applications, allowing more payload in a shorter BBC package. The new axles are available with the Paccar PX-9 engine rated up to 350-hp and 1,150 lb.-ft. of torque. The package includes a ...

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