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‘Medically certified’ — join us for radio show Wednesday to probe driver health regs

At 7 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow evening (Wed., June 22) I'll join Truth About Trucking Live hosts Allen & Donna Smith as well as my colleague Max Kvidera for a special show probing the issues raised by the current, June Truckers News cover story Kvidera and I penned about state and federal regs for driver medical certification. Joining us will be a special guest, a big-hearted driver I wrote about in my portion of the ...

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Swift at the New York Stock Exchange

Get an eyeful of this pic, a Swift International Lonestar parked outside the New York Stock Exchange on May 25, when Swift management rang the opening bell on the exchange after a December initial public offering (NYSE-Listed SWFT) of Swift stock, which gained 27 cents a share that week. Swift, "based in Phoenix, Ariz., operates 16,100 units comprised of 12,100 tractors, a fleet of 49,400 trailers driven by company drivers and 4,000 owner-operator tractors," runs a press release accompanying company ...

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Final season one episode of American Trucker on Speed Channel this Thursday

If you missed the news two weeks back, the final episode of the first season of American Trucker on the Speed Channel will features the production crew's documentation of the last mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery and, more particularly, the trucks that are front and center in preparations for the journey. Among them are some that have been present at space missions since the beginning of the shuttle program -- like the walking-tall Peterbilt ...

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Four-year battery warranty

A four-year warranty is now offered for Trojan Battery Company’s TransPower ST1000 starting AGM battery for commercial transportation markets, the company announced. TROJAN, www.trojanbattery.com.

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SmartWay certified drive tire

The FD695 PLUS drive tire, made for tandem axle drive tractors in long-haul and regional operations, features a cap/base tread compounding design and deep 26/32-in. tread depth. The tire has continuous shoulder ribs to help distribute weight and torque evenly. The tire can be retreaded for either trailer or drive axle and is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program. BRIDGESTONE, www.bridgestone-firestone.com

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Driver accountability under CSA: a video talk with owner-operator Robert Shumate

I met Robert Shumate researching my two-part feature on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, in the April and May editions of Overdrive. In the vid, selected from the in-person portion of our interview, conducted at the Rush Truck Centers location in Nashville where Shumate had stopped in on his way home to Union City, Tenn., to visit with dealer personnel, Shumate echoes many owner-operators in his position, leased to a ...

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Mack in Hagerstown, Jacobs share 50 years with Overdrive

Mack Celebrates 50 years of Hagerstown powertrain assembly In a ceremony Wednesday at the plant in Hagerstown, Md., where its powertrain components have been assembled since 1961, Mack Trucks paid tribute to the past, celebrated the present and cast a positive eye to the future, just as we've been doing (well, mostly my colleague Lucinda Coulter) here at Overdrive as we celebrate our 50th anniversary over at http://www.overdriveretro.com/. In 1959, looking for a modern alternative to its existing ...

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Battery status indicator

The Battery Status Indicator is a device that can be added to monitor the state of power for any battery, particularly lift gate batteries, and alerts operators during pre-trip inspections that battery power may be lower than required. The LED light flashes green if battery voltage is more than 12.4 volts, or 75 percent power, and blinks red when the voltage falls below 12.39 volts. PHILLIPS, www.phillipsind.com

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Front steer axle

The STEERTEK NXT fabricated front steer axle is designed to save weight and minimize stress points. The axle accommodates a variety of wheel end and knuckle designs and meets a capacity range of 8,000 to 23,000 pounds. HENDRICKSON, www.hendrickson-intl.com

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TRP alternators

New alternators for medium- and heavy-duty trucks feature the RE022 brush series with 150 amps of power and the RE 555 brush series with 160 amps of power, both with a 1-year warranty. The RE035 brushless series features 140 amps of power and the RE036 features 170 amps of power. Both systems have remote sensing capability, which is designed to extend the service life of the truck’s batteries. Both come with a 3-year warranty. The ...

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