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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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Vocational spec’ing: With downspeeding trend, keep close eye on torque/hp combo

In the past, heavy duty vocational trucks may have been spec'd with 550 hp and 1,950 lb.-ft. of torque to get the load rolling. Today, 470-hp engines with 1,850 lb.-ft. torque can do the job.

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Torque Target

New engine technology promises not only improved engine efficiency, but also the ability to spec your drivetrain to further enhance fuel economy.

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Screwdriver

The SK Hand Tool is designed with a square handle and a no-slip grip that helps mechanics gain leverage and maximize torque, the company says. The screwdriver is resistant to solvents, oils and chemicals, resists rust, and has a built-in hex bolter that doubles as a turning paver when used as a wrench. SUREGRIP, www.skhandtool.com, 1-800-752-7263

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Electronic Torque Wrench

The electronic torque wrenches use beam movement to gauge torque value and a gyro chip to measure angular rotation and sound an alarm to alert the over-use of torque

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