equipment

Readers debate viability of pre-2000 model year approach to avoiding ELD mandate

At the center of the commentary, pushback on the notion that near-20-year-old equipment could be considered reliable enough to deliver suitable profitability. As one commenter noted, telling his story, an owner-operator might do well "to have two -- one to run, and one for a spare. And one for parts if you can store it.""

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Former operator James Brotz and the Super-Air on-board tire-inflation system

Former driver James Brotz details the Super-Air on-board tire inflation system, detailing efficacy in improving tire life and avoiding road calls for flats. Do you have experience with such a system? There are several on the market today.

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Has your truck, trailer or load ever been the victim of a theft?

This poll explores the extent to which cargo theft and truck or trailer theft has affected owner-operators -- any combination of truck, trailer or load theft happened to you throughout your career? Weigh in here.

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Partners in Business tip: Get an engine inspection before you buy used

For any truck you’re looking at buying, try to get an engine inspection by an original equipment manufacturer shop for that engine’s brand.

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What happens when suspension bolts fall out at speed?

Suspension repair gone wrong: For owner-operator Howard Salmon, with winter conditions settling in over parts of the country, he's thankful the bolts fell out where they did, to a certain extent ...

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The ELD mandate’s double bind for owners of post-1999 trucks with earlier model mechanical engines

Owner-operator Randy Carlson runs a 2001 Freightliner chassis powered by an early-90s Cat 3406B. It's increasingly looking like the truck as configured (and others similarly situated) is between a compliance rock and a hard place with the ELD mandate.

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ELD mandate: Small fleet owner urges Congress to reconsider, more voices on the mandate

"It’s high time for our government officials to start using some common sense by listening to the voices of experience who know what they are talking about. It’s time to reconsider this mandate to the benefit of all." --Z-Tranz small fleet owner David Morin, based in Morganton, N.C. BONUS; New mailbag podcast on the mandate.

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Keeping the small fleet ‘family’ happy: Pay, equipment, home time

Small-fleet owners use good pay, equipment and home time to attract loyal drivers. They say those are the bedrocks of retention, the top employment issue named in a recent Overdrive survey.

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First Pete 567 Heritage goes to Hinz Trucking

Peterbilt presented the first production Model 567 Heritage – a new version of the model with exclusive interior and exterior styling features – to Hinz Trucking, who drove it off the assembly line at Peterbilt’s Denton, Texas manufacturing facility.

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Mobil Delvac introduces lineup of engine oils for next-gen category

ExxonMobil has launched its lineup of new Mobil Delvac diesel engine oils, formulated to meet API CK-4 and FA-4 category requirements.

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