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Cleaning up

Nick Cosenza’s 1989 Kenworth T800 never carries its own loads because it’s always picking up after others. Stationed in Weirton, W.Va., this tow truck can pick up and load onto trailers or lowboys and can even put overturned tractors back on their wheels. The 40-ton rotator winch on the back allows the tow truck to recover wrecked equipment without blocking traffic. The truck has a 400 Cummins with a 13-speed transmission and rear axles rated at 46,000 pounds. The green sleeper cab has a mural on the back depicting the truck in action recovering loads.

Giving rides a ride

This 2000 Kenworth W900 was solid white when John Burger of Greenville, Tenn., bought it, but it didn’t stay that way for long. He proceeded to outfit the truck so that now it clearly stands out from the trucks loaded on its trailer. Burger’s Kenworth sports teal fenders and LED lights with stainless hardware outlining the truck and trailer. The truck has a 265-inch wheelbase and boasts a 500-hp Detroit with a 13-speed Eaton Fuller transmission. The trailer is a 1994 Fontaine dropdeck with built-in ramps.

He’s got milk

Bud Jones’ wife says Bud’s truck becomes the focus of their life a lot of times, but she doesn’t mind because she loves it as much as he does. After 40 years on the road, Bud has never had a chargeable accident, so his 1999 Kenworth W900L could be destined for a long life. It can be seen cruising the highways of 15 Midwestern states, powered by a 550-hp 3406 Caterpillar, usually pulling a trailer full of refrigerated milk. It has a 13-speed transmission and 3.55 rears. Bud’s truck is leased to Lowell C. Hagen Trucking in Whitewater, Wis.

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