equipment

Lean and mean vs. big and tough: Is a 13- or 15-liter engine best for you?

The leading heavy-duty engine sizes differ by only two liters, and one now dominates the market. Make sure you’re powered by the best fit for your operation.

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End dump or side dump: Pros and cons to help you choose

When making the choice between a side, end or bottom dump trailer, consider payload, region and design.

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Expedited advantage, part 1: Equipment, carriers

The time-sensitive freight niche could be one of the last profitable bastions of irregular route long-haul, offering fuel mileage and other reduced costs, more income on fewer miles and load and lane novelty.

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10 benefits of EOBRs

In the wake of the EOBR mandate's inclusion in the 2012 MAP-21 highway bill, this round-up comes by way of the people at Xata Turnpike, makers of the RouteTracker EOBR.

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Amid big fleet investments, operators stare down high truck prices

Something is going right for the Jacobson Companies 3PL -- Mack Trucks announced yesterday that they took delivery of an order of 259 built-in-the-U.S. Mack Pinnacles, 139 daycabs and 120 sleeper trucks, and they're hiring dedicated company drivers for runs based out of their Des Moines, Iowa, headquarters. Any owner-operators out their run freight for them on occasion or regularly? The new tractors (some of which are pictured), Mack says, were delivered to Jacobson locations throughout ...

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Equipment finance monthly confidence index rises in April

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation's monthly index has risen for the fourth consecutive month.

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Stories from MATS: Perkins on a heavy haul

  Perkins Specialized Transportation has launched the biggest series of hauls in its history. The Northfield, Minn.-based company specializes in super loads -- the biggest, longest, heaviest cargo allowed on the nation’s highways. Over 40 years the firm has grown from a dozen workers and trucks to 65 employees and 22 heavy-haul rigs. It hauls everything from steam turbines and bridge beams to dryers for ethanol plants and gun mounts for destroyers. In 2011 Perkins faced one of its biggest challenges when it ...

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Are fuel-injector-cleaning diesel additives worth it?; Apnea update

I'm at the FMCSA Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's joint meeting with the Medical Review Board today -- watch my Twitter feed for updates from the meeting, where committee members are slated to draft guidance on regulation of the sleep apnea condition as it relates to interstate driver medical qualifications. Find prior reporting from recent-past MCSAC meetings on the subject here and here. (Click through our current, February cover image at right for Managing Editor ...

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Cabover extra in ‘Real Steel’ film to be auctioned Dec. 8

Joyce Smith, co-owner of Ron Smith Trucking of Breckenridge, Mich., shuttered the company about a year ago, a month after her husband passed away. The small fleet's equipment will be auctioned off on Dec. 8 at their place in nearby Wheeler. Among the 17 tractors on offer (among livestock, flatbed and other trailers as well as other equipment) is the pictured 1994 Freightliner cabover, which holds the distinction of not only being a fine-looking, long-running piece ...

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Stowaway diary: Keep an eye on your roof fairing in Laredo

What's wrong with this picture? Taken by owner-operator Henry Albert, with whom we just checked in last week, it shows a desperate attempt by a couple to stow away on a rig on its way from the border zone into the U.S. interior. A testament to the value of drivers looking out for each other, Albert posted it to his blog late last week, after one of his regular runs from the Charlotte, N.C., area, where he ...

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