Equipment

Partners in Business tip: Get an engine inspection before you buy used

For any truck you’re looking at buying, try to get an engine inspection by an original equipment manufacturer shop for that engine’s brand.

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‘Why do you hang on to that old truck?’

One answer here from Jenson Lawrence illustrates just what's possible with his recently overhauled Cummins M-11 in a 1996 Freightliner FLD hauling within a 750-mile radius of his Wisconsin home base.

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Staying ahead of the inspectors

Don't take any chances on your equipment passing inspection. This story, newly updated, rounds up coverage on a wealth of maintenance topics in Overdrive in recent years.

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Self-driving Tesla that hit truck, killed driver was speeding at time of crash, NTSB reports

The Tesla hit a tractor-trailer that was crossing the road in front of the car. The Tesla was in its autonomous Autopilot mode, and the car maker said the white trailer disappeared into the bright sky behind it, causing the system to not detect the ...

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Electric truck startup co. promises no-emissions big rig

“We are not aware of any zero emission truck in the world that can haul 80,000 pounds more than 1,000 miles and do it without stopping. The Nikola One requires only 15 minutes of downtime before heading out for the next 1,000 miles.”

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Partners in Business tip: Practice proper oil filtration

Use good oil filtration practices. Choose a filter that meets all the engine manufacturer’s specifications. Always change it at the recommended interval to extend oil life.

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Kenworth T880 Super Dump workhorse in asphalt operation

Tucci & Sons' asphalt delivery operation is employing two new Kenworth T880 Super Dumps, which employ three 8,000-pound steerable lift axles and an 8,000-pound steerable “flying tag” axle for a 25-ton hauling capacity permitted under an alternative federal bridge formula used by the state of ...

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Tips for brake maintenance to lower costs, reduce violations

It’s no surprise that violations for brakes are among the most cited, given their constant wear and critical safety role. While that’s enough reason to keep them in shape, another big motivator is cost.

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