In the past, heavy duty vocational trucks may have been spec'd with 550 hp and 1,950 lb.-ft. of torque to get the load rolling. Today, 470-hp engines with 1,850 lb.-ft. torque can do the job.
When making the choice between a side, end or bottom dump trailer, consider payload, region and design.
Class 5, 6 and 7 truck engines and transmissions were rated in J.D. Power's U.S. Medium Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study of vocational application models.
Burke Purdon Enterprises of British Columbia, hauling heavy as a contract log hauler, extols the virtues of a relatively young Freightliner model.
California-based A&A Ready Mixed Concrete takes advantage of the Mack Granite MHD's features for several hundred pounds per truck of bigger payload.
What is the best way to use a stake pocket as a chain anchor point? Reader J.D. Bronson, among others, offers his preferred method.
Gerald and Jake Albrecht spec'd these near-identical Kenworth W900L models with Rihm Kenworth in Northern Minnesota for side dump hauling around North Dakota levees.
The First Response Team of America utilizes top heavy trucks and equipment to in a philanthropic effort to provide disaster relief wherever it is needed.
Overdrive's Most Beautiful contest is back for a second year. Submit yourself or a female truck driver you know! The first-place winner will win a trip to The Great American Trucking Show in August and will be featured in a story in Overdrive. Submissions accepted through March 20.
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