Equipment

Hotshot trucking: How to start

Going into hotshot as an owner-operator is in a lot of respects no different from moving into business with a Class 8. The biggest differences lie in equipment choices and, for a leased owner-operator, getting used to operating under your own authority.

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International unveils new ProStar ES tractor built for fuel efficiency

Navistar-International introduced Dec. 5 a truck the company says is “the best fuel efficiency package in the industry.”

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Fender, mudflap hanger supplier Fleetline passes audit

Fleetline Products, a supplier of fenders and mudflap hanger brackets, announced that the company gained its ISO 9001:2008 recertification after passing its annual third-party audit in October. Fleetline said that in order to receive the certification, the company must maintain a quality management system that ensures ...

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‘Hotshot on steroids': Straight Forward Transportation of Ohio

Sue and Kevin Nelson's 2012 single-drive-axle Freightliner Columbia is Straight Forward Transportation’s “hotshot on steroids,” says Sue Nelson, acquired to augment a business founded the non-dually drive axle of a Ford F250 pickup, still in operation.

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Video: Trucker makes tight turn with extra-long trailer look easy

As noted in the video's description, the trailer was even equipped with a rear driver.

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Equipment Spotlight: LEDs make work brighter

Most light manufacturers would agree that LEDs offer several distinct advantages for truckers. Finely tuned light-emitting chips provide enhanced colors in the light spectrum, enhancing visibility. And although LED lights cost more, the return on investment is much greater due to longer lifespan. They also ...

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Car/mobile equipment hauling: Owner-operator Greg Cutler’s Show-n-Sell Towing & Recovery

Today hauling classic cars, farm equipment and other rolling stock, Greg Cutler of Fon Du Lac, Wis., got into hotshot hauling after years as a tow operator.

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SafeConnect to power reefer units at new GSF center

Golden State Foods opened last month a distribution center that will serve about 450 McDonald’s in the Chicago area. In an initiative to make the facility more energy efficient, the facility equipped the center with SafeConnect electric standby connection systems to power the fleet’s refrigeration ...

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