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Peterbilt launches set-forward front axle Model 567

Peterbilt launched a new configuration for its vocational Model 567: a set-forward front axle version suited for mixer and other weight-conscious applications. “The Model 567 SFFA lets customers maximize payloads while helping meet state and federal bridge law requirements,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt assistant general manager of sales and marketing. “The Model 567 is a low-weight leader, and this new configuration will let customers take full advantage of that through optimized weight distribution.” Like the set-back axle ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Aero add-ons smooth airflow, boost fuel economy

While truck body designers had started experimenting with aerodynamics before the mid-1960s, Rudkin-Wiley Corp. took strategic curves for big rigs a bit further in 1965 when it introduced its bolt-on aero device. The Air-Shield retrofit was mounted on the cab roof to help guide air over the trailer and reduce drag at highway speeds. Advertisements for the device back in the day claimed fuel savings of $200 to $1,600 annually – a substantial amount in an ...

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PDA Xpress designed to speed up accident appraisals

Property Damage Appraisers, a national network of vehicle damage appraisers, has launched PDA Xpress, a solution designed to turn customers’ smartphones into fast easy-to-use estimate tools that lighten adjusters’ workloads and help manage estimates. The company says PDA Xpress increases efficiency, decreases cycle time and helps adjusters close claims quicker, making it suitable for commercial heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks and trailers, as well as other heavy equipment. PDA says that in cases where extensive damage occurs and ...

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Penske Used Trucks opens 3 new dealerships

Penske Used Trucks has doubled its commercial truck dealership footprint in North America, introducing centers in Dallas, metro Atlanta and Ontario. The company now has six locations including Phoenix; Torrance, Calif.; and Charlotte, N.C. Here are local details: • Dallas: 4415 Irving Blvd.; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon; 972-728-4209. • Conyers, Ga.: 1481 Dogwood Drive S.W.; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 770-483-5263. • Mississauga, Ontario: 1610 Enterprise Road, Unit B; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 905-696-7775.

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Eaton enhances split shaft PTO for UltraShift Plus

Eaton said it has expanded the company’s lineup of UltraShift Plus automated transmissions for vocational applications through enhanced split shaft power take-off capabilities that allow for transmission gear selection and clutch control outside of a vehicle’s cab. The company said that eliminating the need for operators to enter and exit the cab to change transmission gears helps enhance jobsite efficiency and reduce fatigue. Based on vehicle application and body builder design, the transmission also allows ...

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Onspot’s GSA contract renewed

Onspot of North America, a provider of automatic tire chains, announced that its General Services Administration contract has been renewed for another five years. Onspot’s automatic tire chains are designed to allow the operator to engage and disengage tire chains with a dashboard switch without stopping, enhancing traction and braking in snow and ice while remaining productive. Under the GSA contract, Onspot supplies its devices to the Army, Navy, Air Force and National Parks and Recreation Department, ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Dayton, Zonar, Kenworth, Peterbilt

There's a new lineup of Dayton Truck Tires available now, and Bridgestone Commercial wants you to know about it. The company has unveiled a new website for its Dayton commercial truck tire line, www.daytontrucktires.com, accessible across all devices. To answer technical product questions truckers may have, a dedicated toll-free phone number is featured, which is answered by Dayton customer representatives; or users may opt for a “Contact Us” form to submit comments or questions. Other ...

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Webinar to discuss diesel contamination, cleaning solutions

Clean Fuel Solutions, a division of Donaldson, is offering a free 20-minute webinar discussing how different types of diesel contamination can affect operations. The webinar, featuring experts from Donaldson Clean Solutions, will examine how fuel-related downtime impacts the bottom line. Participants also will learn methods of avoiding this costly downtime through diesel cleanliness. The webinar will be offered Thursday, Jan. 22, at noon and 3 p.m. CT and also on Friday, Jan. 23, at 8 a.m. ...

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KLLM-Frozen Foods Express selects Truck-Lite LED headlights

KLLM-Frozen Foods Express announced its selection of Truck-Lite LED forward lighting on all new trucks. The Richland, Miss.-based fleet, which operates more than 3,500 tractors and 5,000 trailers in 48 states, will begin its transition by spec’ing Truck-Lite Custom LED headlights on all 2016 Freightliner and Volvo models – nearly 700 trucks – with delivery beginning next month. "This is a complement to our existing suite of safety features," said Jim Richards, president of KLLM-Frozen Foods ...

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Webb Wheel OEM establishes Specialty Truck Business Unit

Webb Wheel OEM has established an independent business focusing exclusively on wheel end products for the specialty truck and vocational markets. Webb said its Specialty Truck Business Unit already has pre-established partnerships with truck manufacturers and will continue operations at its current facility in Ferdinand, Ind. Webb said STBU will take advantage of its engineering expertise to introduce additional rotor, hub and drum products designed for the specific needs of specialty and vocational equipment operators and ...

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