equipment

‘Clean trucks’ program at Washington ports gets extension to 2019 with registration

Announced last week, the Northwest Seaport Alliance offered owners as yet noncompliant with the requirement to utilize 2007 and later emissions-spec engines by April 1 an extension through to January 1 of next year, with a caveat. 

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POLL: Your most-recent truck purchase: Bought new, used, or leased?

Owner-operators, was your most recent truck acquisition a new or glider purchase, a used-truck purchase or a straight lease or lease-purchase? Weigh in here pursuant to an upcoming feature on the truck-purchasing landscape.

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This year’s mammoth Christmas-tree haul to St. Peter’s Square, across the pond

Wonder how the mammoth 82-foot spruce that served as a Christmas tree this year on St. Peter's Square in the Vatican got to its destination? This pictorial, from reps of the Belgian Faymonville trailer manufacturer, tells the story.

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Daimler recalls more than 400,000 Freightliner, Western Star trucks for brake light issue

Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.

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Behind the scenes at the Tesla Semi reveal

In this edition of Overdrive Radio, a rebroadcast of Equipment Editor Jason Cannon's talk with K.C. Phillips on the “Road Dog Live” Sirius XM program, discussing the Tesla Semi electric truck's big recent reveal in California.

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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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Business base: Mechanical experience before buying the truck

While knowledge of the working systems of the truck is required of an CDL driver, there’s no replacement for maintenance experience when it comes to hands-on know-how to save on repairs by doing them yourself, or knowing when not to.

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Mack unveils Anthem on-highway tractor

The truck was engineered with an emphasis on driver comfort and productivity and is available in day cab, an all-new 48-inch flat top sleeper and an all-new 70-inch stand-up sleeper that features 35 percent more space than previous models and 27 cubic feet of storage.

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POLL: What was your level of mechanical experience when you started as an owner-op?

Owner-operators, when you launched your business, what level of mechanical knowledge and/or experience did you have -- whether the required basic knowledge or more in-depth professional experience or education?

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Freight niche transition — HHG to expedited with owner-operator Greg Huggins

Podcast: A talk with Greg Huggins, currently leased with a 2015 Cascadia straight truck to Landstar Express America, about his transition three years ago from two decades and more of household-moves hauling. And: A prediction on scale house inspectors after the ELD mandate.

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