Overdrive Staff | June 01, 2010

Class 7 and 8 Kenworth T440

The Model T440 tractor ranges in GVW from 33,000 pounds to 68,000 pounds. Options include the Kenworth extended day cab, which has an additional 6 inches of length and 5 inches of cab height compared to the day cab, and the 38-in. Kenworth AeroCab sleeper. The 2010 Paccar PX-8 engine is standard with ratings to 350 hp and 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque. The optional 9-liter, 2010 Cummins ISL engine is rated to 380 hp and 1,300 lb.-ft. of torque. The T440 offers 6-, 9-, 10-, 11-, and 13-speed manual and 5- and 6-speed automatic transmissions, 12,000 to 22,000 lb. front axles, 21,000 to 30,000 lb. single rear axles, and 40,000 to 46,000 lb. tandem rear axles.

KENWORTH,, (425) 828-5000


Heavy-haul trailer

The Magnitude 55MX is an extendable heavy-haul trailer that features a modular design. The trailer is fabricated with 100,000-lb. minimum yield steel flanges and extends from 29 to 50 feet. The loaded deck height is 20 inches with a 6-in. ground clearance. Ride-height adjustments mechanically lock, and the ramped bogie features a modular connection. The trailer also has a built-in tool box and storage compartments.

FONTAINE TRAILER,, (423) 893-8998


Non-acidic wheel and tire cleaner

Foaming All Wheel & Tire Cleaner spray foam can be hosed-off wheels and tires. The cleaner is non-acidic and safe for all aluminum, alloy and steel wheels and hubcaps. It can be used with chrome and clear-coated wheels and whitewall tires.

MOTHERS,, (714) 891-3364


Engine and transmission flush

The detergent-based Engine and Transmission Flush cleans sludge, varnish and deposit build-up and can be disposed of with waste oil. Available in 16-oz. bottles, the flush prepares engines and transmissions for the installation of new motor oil or transmission fluid and is recommended for both diesel and gasoline engines and for automatic transmissions. It is not recommended for CVT transmissions or differentials. 

AMSOIL,, (800) 777-8491


Bluetooth-enabled CB radio

The 29 LTD BT uses Bluetooth wireless technology to pair a driver’s cell phone to the radio to make and receive phone calls while driving. The radio features a microphone that minimizes background noise, one-touch redialing of the last number called, and audio routed through the radio’s 5-watt speaker. The 29 LTD BT has all the functions of the standard Cobra 29 Series CB radio. The radio also provides instant access to emergency Channel 9.

COBRA,, (773) 889-3087


In-cab refrigerator uses minimal power

Front-open in-cab refrigerator models are available in 42- and 60-quart capacities. The spring-mounted swing motor compressor, which has just one moving part, draws minimal power, the company says. The motor is in a fully sealed chamber to isolate it from vibration. The cooling unit uses a CFC-free refrigerant gas. Engel units will automatically switch from 12/24 volt DC to 110 volt AC, depending upon power availability, with a current draw of 3 amps or less.

ENGEL,, (888) 272-9839


Trucking-specific iPhone app

iLoadFinder reads the iPhone’s GPS location and retrieves available loads within a radius of the iPhone. Drivers can specify the radius to search and the distance they want the load to travel. The application also allows drivers to search by origin and destination city, state and shipper. Once a load is found, the driver can touch the screen to either phone or email the shipper. The iLoadFinder is available at the App Store. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.