equipment

Cummins plans electric powertrain for short-haul applications, long-haul still a ways off

Cummins announced Wednesday evening in a teleconference it will introduce a fully electrified powertrain for the urban transportation market by 2019 and a range-extended electrified powertrain by 2020.

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Staying ahead of the inspectors

Don't take any chances on your equipment passing inspection. This story, newly updated, rounds up coverage on a wealth of maintenance topics in Overdrive in recent years.

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More than 850 moving trucks, trailers owned by shuttered Graebel Van Lines to be sold at auction

The trucks and trailers, previously owned by the now-closed Graebel Van Lines, will be auctioned without minimum bids or reserve prices.

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Cooper offers tire maintenance tips ahead of National Tire Safety Week

Gary Schroeder, director of Cooper’s truck and bus tire business, says maintaining proper inflation “is the single most important factor in extending the life of any tire” and maintaining safety.

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A nine-year-old’s view of the so-called ‘autonomous future’

"When I asked if she could imagine a big truck going down the road maneuvering with its own controls, with no person behind the wheel, the look of horror that passed across her face was fairly priceless."

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America’s Road Team captains to carrier recruiters: ‘Respect your drivers’

"Be honest with the driver. You won’t lost a driver any quicker than to tell him something and then he finds out 30 days later that it’s just not true." --Walmart driver Allen Boyd, to recruiting specialists at a recent panel discussion in Nashville.

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Readers debate viability of pre-2000 model year approach to avoiding ELD mandate

At the center of the commentary, pushback on the notion that near-20-year-old equipment could be considered reliable enough to deliver suitable profitability. As one commenter noted, telling his story, an owner-operator might do well "to have two -- one to run, and one for a spare. And one for parts if you can store it.""

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Former operator James Brotz and the Super-Air on-board tire-inflation system

Former driver James Brotz details the Super-Air on-board tire inflation system, detailing efficacy in improving tire life and avoiding road calls for flats. Do you have experience with such a system? There are several on the market today.

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Has your truck, trailer or load ever been the victim of a theft?

This poll explores the extent to which cargo theft and truck or trailer theft has affected owner-operators -- any combination of truck, trailer or load theft happened to you throughout your career? Weigh in here.

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What happens when suspension bolts fall out at speed?

Suspension repair gone wrong: For owner-operator Howard Salmon, with winter conditions settling in over parts of the country, he's thankful the bolts fell out where they did, to a certain extent ...

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