Severe Service

Kenworth T880 vocational model available for order

Kenworth's T880 flagship vocational model is suitable for heavy haul, refuse, dump, mixer and other applications. Find a gallery of images of the model, and more detail, in this story.

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Natural gas payoff: Utility, ROI in construction trucking apps

While natural gas engines and retrofits are not cheap, the key question is your return on investment. Does it pay to run a truck or a fleet on natural gas?

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New Dana axle, driveshafts

At the ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Dana introduced new Spicer axles, driveshafts.

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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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No. 1 construction equipment theft: Trucks and trailers

The annual Construction Equipment Theft Study from LoJack, a leading provider of vehicle tracking and recovery systems, once again this year saw trucks and trailers in the top spot of stolen equipment.

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Are you a natural gas truck owner-operator?

Overdrive's brand-new June issue features our quarterly section devoted to the severe service niche that's heavy this time around on coverage of natural-gas-powered engine technology, leading with the story of a Chicago ready-mix concrete outfit that's put down big investments in natural gas Kenworth W900s. Check out the section in the digital magazine via this link, or read it in html here. As fleets try out the new natural gas powertrains, as our sister magazine CCJ ...

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Lucky 13: Natural gas engines performing well in ready-mix

Chicago-based Ozinga Ready Mix drivers report plenty of power and responsive shifting from 13 Cummins-Westport natural gas-powered Kenworth mixer trucks now in operation, moving from its Chinatown Plant near downtown. “Since city officials are trying to reduce emissions from trucks that operate in downtown Chicago,” says Tim Ozinga, company communications director, “we thought placing all of our new CNG trucks in operation there would have the greatest impact.” The company’s CNG-powered W900s mixers were delivered between October ...

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Standard live weight tool making bulk life easier

On-board scale manufacturer Air-Weigh’s QuickLoad Trailer Scale now comes standard on all Sidump’r trailers, says Sidump’r General Manager Jennifer Koepke. “It’s a major customer benefit, providing protection from overweight citations, improving productivity and, at the end of the day, extending trailer life by protecting from overloading.” The QuickLoad onboard scale features an icon-based touch-screen display showing weight on the trailer axle group to within 300 pounds. This screen also gives access to Settings and the Alarm ...

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Emmert International hauls 340-ton ‘rock show’

Need a 340-ton boulder moved? Call the heavy haulers at Emmert International. If you've gotten your copy of the April issue of Overdrive, or read it online in the digital edition, you've likely made note of one monster coke drum hauls the folks at Emmert spent four years planning -- and nearly eight months conducting. As we were putting the Severe Service section of the April issue to press, the Oregon-based Emmert was in the news ...

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Looking good, Michelin man

We didn't realize the Michelin mascot was such an avid consumer of owner-operator news and views before this photo was sent in. In any case, kudos for reading, MM. But too bad he didn't get to pick up the latest, April edition, just out and available in a digital edition via http://dmtmag.com/current/overdrive. There's a great feature there by James Jaillet -- the skinny on engine reprogramming tools and their ability to optimize engine dynamics for power ...

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