equipment

Truck purchase v. lease: How to weigh the choices

Things have been going well for owner-operator John Doe. His primary customer has offered him greater load frequency, but taking advantage of the opportunity will require another dependable truck. Weigh his choices to purchase or lease here and weigh in with your own.

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Uber enters trucking via Otto acquisition, co.’s announce plans for freight matching system

Trucking tech startup Otto announced Aug. 18 it has been acquired by ride-sharing tech giant Uber. The two companies say they have plans for not only deploying an autonomous retrofit system on tractor-trailers, but also for bringing Uber-type technology to trucking to create a nationwide load-truck matching platform.

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Full-service leasing on the rise?

Combine rapidly developing and complicated truck technology with new-equipment cost pressures and the Millennial generation’s rising presence in trucking, and some watchers see full-service leasing being increasingly attractive to small fleets.

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Making the truck acquisition decision: To lease or purchase?

Rising equipment, maintenance costs drive closer looks at options old and new for acquiring a truck by purchase, lease-purchase or full-service lease deal.

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Kenworth ending T660 production, adds new T680 daycab options

Kenworth Assistant General Manager for Sales and Marketing Jason Skoog said Friday the company will cease production of its T660 later this year, signaling the end of the line for a truck that once led the company’s charge into modern aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

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Bendix announces free remedy kit for trailer spring brake valve recall

Bendix has directed owners of the trailers to work through their trailer manufacturer or an authorized Bendix parts outlet – depending on how each manufacturer has elected to administer the recall – to obtain the remedy kit.

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More than 9,000 trailers added to recall due to faulty valve component

Manac, Polar Tank Trailer, Heil, East and Hyundai recalled a total of more than 9,000 trailers to add to the original group of recalls, which includes Great Dane, Fontaine, Wabash, Wilson, Utility and several other trailer makers.

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Several trailer manufacturers recall more than 30,000 trailers due to faulty valve component

An affected trailer, according to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will have an audible air leak from the dash-mounted park control valve or red glad hand when it’s disconnected before the trailer is decoupled, and the leak will continue until the trailer reservoirs and spring brake chambers have no air pressure.

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eNow cab/trailer roof solar-charge system for battery-based APUs and more

Jeff Flath of eNow says the company's five years' worth of design and testing work with partners among the larger fleets has proven out the design of their system, ready to market to owner-operators with auxiliary battery-based anti-idling systems.

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Daimler brings industry’s first electric-powered truck

Daimler Trucks, parent company of Freightliner and Western Star, introduced Wednesday the industry's first take on an electric-powered truck, besting upstart Nikola Motor Company and electric vehicle maker Tesla, both of whom announced plans this year for a heavy-duty electric truck.

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