KENWORTH’S NEW INTERIOR COLORS
Kenworth has announced its latest colors for its Diamond, Splendor and Gallery Interior linings on its W900, T800, T600 and C500 models. Primary and secondary color combinations include slate gray and dark slate gray; desert tan and dark desert tan; steel blue and dark steel blue; jet black and jet black; and Bordeaux red and dark Bordeaux red.
NEW CUMMINS-ALLISON MATCH
Cummins Inc. has announced a new 350-hp rating for its ISL engine, with 1,050 pounds-feet of torque. The rating was developed in conjunction with Allison Transmission to provide an optimized engine/drivetrain package aimed at the 4×2 short-haul truck market. “The combination of the Cummins ISL 350 and the smooth-running Allison MD3066 automatic transmission delivers weight savings up to 800 pounds, which is less than any competitive package for this market,” Cummins says.
GAS-POWERED PRESSURE WASHER
This self-contained, gas-engine powered unit creates hot, pressurized water anywhere. Heated by diesel or fuel oil, this continuous-duty washer has a 1/2-inch heating coil that’s cold-rolled for years of leak-free operation. The adjustable thermostat goes up to 210 degrees F.
VEHICLE GEOLOCATION SERVICE
10-20.com’s new vehicle geolocation service uses a small GPS locator/transmitter and antenna, which reports the precise location of the vehicle to a Web-accessible database at regular intervals. The system, independent of cellular networks, offers continent-wide coverage. A history of more than one year of position points can be reviewed and plotted.
HENDRICKSON AIRTEK ON VOLVO
The Hendrickson Airtek integrated front axle and air suspension is now available on Volvo’s new VN series truck models. These new vehicles feature Airtek as the standard front axle and suspension system on VNL 630, 670 and 780 models. Airtek can be specified as an option on small sleeper and day cab VNL models, as well as all VNM models. AIRTEK provides significant improvements over traditional steel spring and I-beam axle front suspensions and is up to 139 pounds lighter, the company says.
RAND MCNALLY UPDATES DATABASE
Rand McNally’s MileMaker database now includes distances generated by the new Household Goods Carriers’ Bureau Committee’s Mileage Guide 18, replacing those that have been in effect since 1997. The database reflects the network of truck-drivable roads (80,000-pound limits, with 10-foot lane widths, and bridge heights of 13 feet 6 inches) to calculate the shortest distance between any two points. It includes more than 7,600 new road segments, 28,000 road updates, 143,000 routable points, and 10,000 road classification changes.
OVERLAY DISTRIBUTES WEIGHT
The Airhawk seat overlay is designed to match your body’s shape to relieve sensitive pressure points and encourage blood flow. The seating system distributes your weight across the cushioning surface and away from peak pressure areas that can create discomfort and, potentially, lead to the development of pressure sores. It has a two-year limited warranty.
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EATON’S EXTENDED COVERAGE
Peterbilt, in conjunction with Eaton Corp., is offering complimentary extended coverage for select transmissions on all heavy-duty conventional Peterbilts equipped with engines certified for the new October, 2002, emissions standards. The program provides 100 percent parts and labor coverage for five years or 500,000 miles. It’s available for a limited time only on vehicles spec’ed for construction or general freight applications. The offer includes Eaton 8LL, ALL, and 13-, 15- and 18-speed transmission models.
LIFT AXLE CONTROL
Hendrickson International has introduced a new lift-axle air control kit that provides faster and more consistent lift-axle performance. Known as the AKAD1001, it’s approved for use with INTRAAX and HT series liftable suspensions.
The company says the device nearly doubles airflow and performs better in extreme temperatures. Other features include a more accurate and readable liquid-filled gauge and improved corrosion resistance.
HIGH-CAPACITY AIR DRYER
The new Haldex DRYest and PURest air dryers feature an interchangeable cartridge with a five-stage cleaning system, including two desiccant beds. The cartridge is said to offer up to three times the drying capacity of competitive air dryers. Designed to remove up to 99 percent of contaminants in the compressed air system, it effectively eliminates oil while still maintaining its high adsorption capability.
NEW LIFE FOR YOUR TRUCK
RNRGW of Canada custom-builds scale model wooden trucks, without using templates, based on photographs from owners. Models are about 43 inches. Prices start at about $160 (U.S.) for conventional tractor and flatbed or dropdeck trailer.
Phillips air brake hoses, available in sizes from 16 to 118, include a unique lining with grooves that result in a fail-proof connection. The heavy-duty air brake hose has solid brass fittings for anti-corrosion resistance. It is also available with one or two swivel ends.
LIGHTWEIGHT DRIVE TRAIN
Autocar offers the Caterpillar 3126E 7.2-liter mid-range engine in the Xpeditor WX truck series. With a rating of 275 hp and 800 pounds-feet of torque, the engine is provided as a lightweight option for vocational applications that operate with less than 60,000 pounds GVW. Typical applications for the 3126E include refuse hauling (primarily automated side loaders), recycling, airport refueling, construction and other specialized vehicle applications.