trucks

How-to: Identify quality air coils

A quality air coil will exhibit good “strength, durability, flexibility, memory recoil and performance in hot and cold temperatures,” say the writers behind parts manufacturer Phillips Industries’ Qwik Tech Tips monthly newsletter. A chief consideration is the material the air line is made of. The company says a shortage of castor beans in 2002-03, the chief component in natural Nylon 11 (Polyamide 11), led to more prominence in air coils made of synthetic Nylon 12 (Polyamide ...

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Natural gas + trucking = 6 stock tips

It's interesting to see investors and mainstream business media take note of how the boom in natural gas production is affecting the truck market.

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Could stocks lead natural gas power uptake?

Much has been made in recent times of the traction being gained by natural gas as an energy source to power truck freight transportation. Natural gas powertrains have made their most significant gains to date in vocational markets. Recall my post here in Overdrive Extra about the Ozinga Ready-Mix fleet in Chicago and 13 new natural gas Kenworth Class 8s they've had in service for going on a year now. Since Navistar's announcement of full-scale pursuit ...

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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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Colin Stuart’s ‘Working Class,’ shown in Knoxville this weekend

Just as I was wrapping up my time at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show this past Saturday, April 14, what would pull into the lot at Knoxville, Tenn.'s Chilhowee Park on East Magnolia but this stupendous custom 1984 Peterbilt 359, the usually heavy-hauling (he had on a load of pallets Saturday) Working Class of Harvard, Ill.-based Colin Stuart. Stuart was on hand with trucking troubadour Leland Martin, who performed Saturday afternoon and whose latest record is ...

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Avoid these common tax prep mistakes

If you want to dodge common mistakes owner-operators make on tax returns, you need to check certain numbers, advises columnist Kevin Rutherford.

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NFI driver delivers third roadside baby

I was all set this morning to write about the debate over the appropriate strategy toward dealing with fraud in the trucking industry from crooked poseur brokers and the like (tune in tomorrow for more on that), but sometimes a story hits that is just too good and/or unbelievable to pass on. Today, that story is NFI driver Mike Hawthorne's. According to press reports, and NFI's website, Hawthorne not only assisted Jack and Tammy Smith on ...

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Some L.A. port truckers voting for union representation

Employee unions can be tools toward giving workers a stronger basis in decisions regarding their collective interests, just as small-business associations can help to give collective voice to small business interests. Where the line between the two is blurred, however, there may well be unintended consequences of legal moves in either or the other direction. According to reports like this one in the Australian press, a group of truckers working Southern California ports for Australian firm ...

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TCA’s weight-loss contest week 7: Individual driver leaders

After we posted last week on the week 6 results of the Truckload Carriers Association's Weight-Loss Showdown competition among carriers and their drivers and staff members, the organization released the week 7 results, including not only cumulative carrier percentages (Prime Inc. remains the weight-loss leader) but results among individuals. Drumroll please.... Hirschbach Motor Lines driver Carl Bailey is the individual leader with a whopping 23 percent-plus reduction in weight, nearly a quarter of his beginning weight lost! ...

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Tackle, oil patch service and a joke: Channel 19 Thursday round-up

Win Bass Pro Shops gift certificate from VIPro TruckForce networkFor the fish-happy among you (weather's been good for it over much of the nation, that's certain), ongoing through the end of May, operators utilizing the VIPro TruckForce network of shops for maintenance can enter to potential win one of 25 $150 gift certificates to Bass Pro Shops. VIPro TruckForce service centers are located "coast-to-coast across the United States and Canada," network reps say, offering "quality ...

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