equipment

Acquisition, maintenance cost worries stand out in post-2018 efficiency standards conversation

Readers sound off on President Obama's announcement of plans for post-2018 model truck fuel-efficiency/emissions standards.

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Tightened fuel economy regs: OOIDA warns of higher truck costs, ATA and truck makers generally supportive

OOIDA says increased fuel economy standards will drive up the price of new trucks, while one trucking researcher says the cost of overall truck ownership will drop, despite the price increase. Truck makers, too, say they support increasing fuel use standards for trucks.

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Respect where it’s due: Saluting diesel power, glory

Operator Jean Annette Hamman tosses off a heartfelt salute to the big diesel machines that power American trucking.

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Bush didn’t overturn emissions regs, public needs truck education: Part 2 of OD visit to Road Dog

In the second segment of OD's Jack Roberts' visit to Mark Willis' Road Dog Trucking News show, Roberts recalls the trucking industry's rejoicing over the election of President Bush, who ended up doing nothing to curb tightening emissions regs.

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Continental introduces new tire products

Continental introduced new tire products in December, including the HTL1 wide single truck tire as a ContiTread retread. In 400 millimeter tread width, the HTL1 can be retreaded for fleets who operate wide single drive or trailer tires in sizes 445/50R22.5 and 455/55R22.5. Wide single truck tires like the Continental HTL1 (Heavy Trailer Long Haul) are often used in liquid and dry bulk hauling applications where weight is a concern, or by fleets seeking to take ...

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Mack to assemble heavy-duty drive axles at Hagerstown

As part of a $30 million investment in its Hagerstown, Md. plant, Mack Trucks will begin assembling all Mack heavy-duty drive axles and machining all Mack carrier housings at the plant, the company said today. The plant produces all Mack engines and transmissions, said John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing. “Coming on the heels of the $8 million investment that brought production of the mDRIVE transmission to Hagerstown last year, this decision is another indication of our ...

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ATDynamics Expands 2014 TrailerTail Product Line

ATDynamics announced it will expand its 2014 TrailerTail product line to offer fleets and truck owners options for more applications.   In addition to the company’s flagship TrailerTail, rebranded as the TrailerTail 4x4  (four-sided, four foot long device), ATDynamics will offer the TrailerTail Trident 3x3, a lower cost, three-sided, three foot long TrailerTail. They also offer custom TrailerTail solutions less than three feet in length for unique trailer configurations and markets with regulatory length restrictions. ATDynamics will ...

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Mack adds dealer locations

Mack Leasing System recently added 11 member dealer location in the U.S. and Canada. Mack Leasing members provide full-service leasing, short- or long-term rental and service contract customers. New locations are listed below. RDO Truck Center Co., Fargo, N.D.   Truck & Equipment Corp./MacLease, Inc., Winchester, Va.   Columbus Truck & Equipment Ctr., LLC/Southeastern Leasing & Rental LLC, Columbus, Ohio   Columbus Truck & Equipment Ctr., LLC/Southeastern Leasing & Rental LLC, Marietta, Ohio   Mack Sales and Service of Manitoba/Concord Truck Rentals, Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba   Mack Sales and ...

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Analysis shows problematic background on 3% of used trucks

A RigDig study of all truck history reports run by customers during the five months ending Sept. 3 showed 2.9 percent of the trucks had been flagged as junk, salvage or having a serious issue, such as fire or flood damage.

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Minimizer introduces coding system

Minimizer has implemented the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standard system for its line of fenders and other products. The Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standard, or VMRS, is a trucking business system that describes parts and maintenance activities using numbers instead of words. VMRS helps repair facilities improve maintenance management for their customers or their own fleets by providing a way to extract consistent data from repair orders, Minimizer says. Originally designed as a universal translator for communicating from the ...

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