The Latest for Truckers

Snap-on Tool’s MLT3400 Belt and Disc Sanding Machine Tool

Bench grinder

Snap-on Tool’s MLT3400 Belt and Disc Sanding Machine Tool offers users fast roughing and fine finishing while sharpening and shaping a variety of materials including metals, fibers, glass, rubber, leather, ceramics, stone, plastic and wood.

The MLT3400 features an adjustable belt, offering the unit accurate tracking and allowing for finish into sharp corners, the company says. An adjustable and detachable miter table offers precise measurements. Operators can sand in a variety of ways, including through a rubber contact wheel, free belt or free disc. The quick-change, 100-grit belt and 80-grit disc are standard with the MLT3400 and offer users immediate sanding ability.

The 3/4 horsepower brushless motor provides fast finishes and enables maintenance-free electrical internals for the unit.

Snap-on Tools Company
(877) 762-7662

Habla Espanol

Vista Training, Inc.’s new shirt-pocket size booklet aims to assist truckers with communication in both Spanish and English.

Truckers Spanish is filled with common words for the transportation, warehouse and trucking industries. The first 68 pages are alphabetized English words with the corresponding Spanish translation. The next 68 pages are alphabetized Spanish words with their English translation. This simple format helps all workers regardless of their primary language. Translations are words common to work sites, not textbook versions.

The booklets cost $6 in quantities of 10 or more.

Transportation-related companies or trade associations that wish to use the book as a handout can have the covers customized (in minimum quantities of 1,000). Specialized sub-industries may have words added to their customized version.

Vista Training, Inc.
(800) 942-2886

BFGoodrich’s new DR424 regional drive tire

Regional drive tire

BFGoodrich Commercial Truck Tires’ designed its new DR424 regional drive tire to deliver superior levels of traction as well as smooth, even and long tread life, the company says.

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The DR424 features an aggressive, open-shoulder tread design with tread compounds tailored for regional service. It is available in 10R22.5, 11R22.5, 11R24.5, 275/80R22.5 and 275/80R24.5 sizes, all in Load Range G.

BFGoodrich Commercial Truck Tires

Gear lubricants

Shell Lubricants has expanded its family of heavy-duty lubricants with the introduction of Spirax EW Extended Warranty SAE 75W-90 and 80W-140 mineral-based gear oils.

The gear oils are approved for 500,000-mile extended drain intervals for both Dana axles and ArvinMeritor axles equipped with pump and filter systems. The lubricants also are approved for use in Mack axles at 250,000-mile drains. The approvals allow fleets and independent truck operators to use Spirax EW gear oils for both service-fill and factory-fill at the same change interval specified for approved synthetic fluids, and still qualify for Dana and ArvinMeritor 750,000-mile extended warranty coverage.

The new gear oils are formulated using a combination of high quality Group II base oils and additive technology to provide lubricants with outstanding thermal and oxidative stability, excellent extreme temperature operation and reduced component wear, the company says.
Shell Spirax EW gear oils will be available in bulk, drums, kegs, pails and quarts.

Shell Lubricants

Road chemical neutralizers

Long Haul Professional Truck Appearance is a new line of four durable, heavy-duty products designed to protect drivers’ rigs against the damaging effects of road chemicals like magnesium chloride, calcium chloride and other salts while preventing and removing oxidation.

Long Haul’s power wash, polish/wax, metal polish and combination degreaser/bug remover should appear in truckstops this summer, the company says.

Long Haul Professional Truck Appearance
(866) 860-DRUM

One of Cole Hersee Company’s new oil pressure switches

Oil pressure switches

Cole Hersee Company’s new line of oil pressure switches fit a wide range of off-highway vehicles. All switches are made of heavy-duty construction, are weather resistant and come in a plated-steel case with a molded moisture-repellent insulator. The contacts open at rising pressure and close at lowering pressure.

The No. 8606 oil pressure switch has an operating range of 2 to 6 psi, the No. 86263 operates at 2.5 to 5 psi, the No. 8600 at 2 to 7 psi, the No. 8602 at 2 to psi,the No. 8607 at 3 to 7 psi, the No. 86255 operates at 3 to 7 psi and the No. 86275 at 3.5 to 7.5 psi.

Cole Hersee

Customized sleepers

American Reliance Industries of Shipshewana, Ind., offers a line of custom sleepers, its Legacy Series. The custom sleepers and standard sleepers can be installed in Shipshewana. The standard sleepers also are carried by Fort Wayne Truck Center in Fort Wayne, Ind., Stoops Freightliner in Indianapolis, Ind., and Trans Advantage in St. Louis.

American Reliance Industries

Obstacle sensing system

The RearSentry obstacle sensing system from Rostra Precision Controls uses microwave technology to warn drivers of objects in a vehicle’s blind spot.

The system is designed specifically for use in fleets and is available for installation in a variety of local delivery and medium-sized trucks, utility vehicles, cargo vans, semi-trailers and private equipment.

The RearSentry mounts out of sight behind or on the vehicle’s rear bumper and alerts drivers to obstacles up to 12 feet from the rear of the vehicle. It works in the dark, heavy fog, rain or snow, the company says.

RearSentry comes with a three year, unlimited mileage warranty and sells for less than $500 for most applications.

Rostra Precision Controls
(800) 782-3379