Equipment

Changing Gear: New tech trends from American Power Group, Optronics, Kenworth, King Controls

I get a lot of announcements from companies that have made relatively minor tweaks to traditional must-have products such as tires and brake pads, but every now and then I hear from vendors that are making some neat high-tech updates to their products, some in ...

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Cummins N.Y. plant celebrates 40 years

Cummins celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) in Jamestown, N.Y. Typically, more than 400 engines are built per day at JEP, and the plant produced its 1.5 millionth heavy-duty engine in the summer of 2013. Each of the plant's engines meets the ...

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Peterbilt adds Alcoa Ultra Wheels as Class 8 spec

New Alcoa Ultra aluminum wheels manufactured from a MagnaForce alloy that provides additional strength and lower weight are now available as a factory-installed option for all Peterbilt heavy-duty trucks.

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California emissions laws spur big jump in diesel particulate filter sales

DPF sales jumped 65 percent year over year in the six-month period between Jan. 1 and June 30 of this year, according to a recent report, presumably as truck owners purchased them to come into compliance with California's emissions regs.

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To save turbo, keep oil clean – and your foot light

Turbochargers are sensitive pieces of equipment and are abused many times during everyday driving conditions. They are put through hell — Here's how to help yours survive.

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Volvo, Freightliner issue recalls for some on-highway tractors

Volvo is recalling 862 2011-2015 VNL and 2014-2015 VNM trucks. Freightliner is recalling 194 2015 model Cascadia, 122SD and Business Class M2 units.

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Peterbilt opens Model 579 online configuration tool

Peterbilt announced last week that truck buyers can now fully spec Model 579s with a new interactive configuration tool on peterbilt.com. Users can select sleeper options, interior trim packages, exterior color, axles, aerodynamic fairings, headlamps, bright options and performance levels of the Paccar MX-13 engine. Users can ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Kenworth, Dana, Bendix, Fontaine, Snap-on

Kenworth made a lot of headlines last week. First, the truck maker has added Dana’s Spicer AdvanTek 40 tandem axle for new Class 8 pickup-and-delivery, regional haul and linehaul trucks equipped with the Kenworth AG380 or AG400L suspension. The AdvanTek 40 axle incorporates a gearing ...

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