equipment

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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13 reasons you hang on to that old truck

Having a truck paid off makes for a boost in versatility in decisions about the business -- in a variety of ways, too, many associated with outright ownership of specifically older equipment, readers say.

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Kenworth ending T660 production, adds new T680 daycab options

Kenworth Assistant General Manager for Sales and Marketing Jason Skoog said Friday the company will cease production of its T660 later this year, signaling the end of the line for a truck that once led the company’s charge into modern aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

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Used truck pricing update: 3-5-year-old sleeper tractors lag behind 2015, but remain stable

“The cohort with the best value retention looks to be trucks of model year 2013 with 400,000 to 500,000 miles,” says NADA's Chris Visser. “Trucks in this age and mileage range have consistently returned prices in the low- to mid- $40,000 range since January."

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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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Staying ahead of the inspectors

Don't take any chances on your equipment passing inspection. This story, newly updated, rounds up coverage on a wealth of maintenance topics in Overdrive in recent years.

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