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Peterbilt Model 220EV

Peterbilt is pleased to announce that the Model 220EV is now available for customer orders. It can be configured through the SmartSpec sales tool and ordered at one of Peterbilt’s best-in-class dealer locations, with customer deliveries expected to start by the end of 2020.

The Model 220EV is Peterbilt’s first electric configuration for medium-duty applications and provides customers a zero-emission Class 6 or 7 vehicle for clean, efficient operation and lower overall maintenance. With a range of up to 200 miles on a full charge, the Model 220EV is powered by an electric motor and features two battery packs and an onboard charger. When using the vehicle’s DC fast-charging system, the state-of-the-art, high-energy-density battery packs can recharge in one to two hours, making the Model 220EV ideal for local pickup and delivery as well as short regional haul operations.

Designed with optimal weight distribution and performance, the Model 220EV also provides greater driver comfort and productivity through a quiet ride, and the cab-over-engine configuration delivers superior maneuverability, enhanced visibility, a spacious interior and ease of serviceability for maximizing uptime. www.peterbilt.com

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Morooka Rubber Track Carrier

The first Morooka MST-3000VDR rubber track carrier, with enhanced hydraulics and a larger bed, recently rolled off the line at the manufacturing facility in Ashland, Virginia. Morooka’s VDR models all feature an upper structure that can rotate 360 degrees in either direction independently from the undercarriage and tracks. This helps users reduce surface damage that occurs when turning the machine, as well as aiding users who have limited operating space.

Currently available by special order only, the new MST-3000VDR is powered by a 300-horsepower Caterpillar C7.1 engine and can handle a maximum load of 36,000 pounds. It has a top speed of 8 mph yet only exerts a ground pressure of 3.6 to 8.0 psi. www.morookacarriers.com

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FRAM Oil Filters

FRAM, a market leader in filtration products, has launched its new, innovative FRAM Titanium and FRAM Force Oil Filters. FRAM Force and Titanium filters are the latest filter technologies in a long line of oil, air and cabin air filtration products available for vehicle service professionals and DIY-ers. 

FRAM Titanium is a super-premium, high-flow synthetic oil filter engineered to provide the most advanced level of oil protection for up to 20,000 miles. The technology behind this performance is FRAM PowerFlow, an innovation that allows for higher directional oil flow to ensure full media performance and filtration. These filters include the FRAM Perfect Seal Gasket that ensures a positive and lasting seal in high-heat and high-pressure engine environments.

FRAM Force is a premium, synthetic blended oil filter engineered to provide extended oil protection for up to 15,000 miles. It is designed for real-world driving conditions, including stop-and-go traffic, extreme temperatures, hauling and towing. In addition to offering increased dirt-trapping and dirt-holding capacity, the FRAM Force filter accommodates all oil types, installs easily, provides consistent oil flow in extreme temperatures and delivers superior startup engine protection. www.fram.com

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Polaris GEM Strengthens Customer Support

Polaris GEM and its dealers have re-engineered the customer and rider experience to accommodate the world’s current situation. Together, they’ve launched new accessories, grant assistance, financing and leasing, contactless support and virtual shopping to keep professionals moving forward. To meet customer demand, Polaris has continued to manufacture vehicles in the U.S., and service support lines are open. 

To help support GEM customers, Polaris is launching divider kits that enable the operator to minimize direct contact between occupants riding in a GEM. Polaris engineered the kits with clear, marine-grade vinyl for durability and minimal impact on visibility. The dividers separate driver and passenger sides of the vehicle, as well as each passenger row, front to back.

Polaris has a history of helping organizations that serve our community and recognizes the important role grants play in funding. They’ve strengthened this commitment through a grant assistance program geared toward state and local government as well as educational customers. Visit https://bit.ly/PolarisGrants for more. 

Electronic forms of shopping, service and support have always been available but are even more so now with an increased emphasis on expanding alternatives to in-person options. The Polaris.com/Commercial website continues to be a resource for customers. https://polaris.com/commercial

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LockNClimb Ergonomic Ladder Stand

Servicing utility trucks has never been faster, easier or safer than when using LockNClimb’s new rolling platform ladder. The 44LNCTRKENG is quickly maneuvered by one person on hard rubber wheels and positioned over the truck tires or against the truck body. Durable rubber padding on the back of the ladder protects truck finishes and allows direct contact. Yellow safety handrails promote using three points of contact when ascending and descending the ladder. The wide, slip-resistant service platform affords even weight distribution, providing a comfortable working surface and helping prevent foot thrombosis.

LockNClimb ladder stands are made one at a time by skilled craftsmen in the USA and have been engineered to exceed all applicable OSHA and ANSI standards. The ladders have less than a 1% damage rate during continual use for three years in the demanding truck maintenance environment. For more information, call (620) 577-2577 or watch a short video at https://vimeo.com/442115980. http://locknclimb.com

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Terex Utilities Launches New E-Commerce Platform

Terex Utilities has launched a new e-commerce platform to support all customers and give them the type of online shopping experience today’s buyers have come to expect.

This new e-commerce platform offers one-stop shopping for tools and accessories used in the utilities industry and beyond. Many of these products had previously only been available through a traditional catalog. Hundreds of products can be ordered, from climbing equipment to traffic safety gear to Terex auger tools. New customers can self-register for an account, place orders by credit card, view order status, track shipments and see invoices.

For existing Terex customers – including rental partners and dealers who previously had access to an e-commerce platform – the new platform comes with a host of new and upgraded features. Online parts manuals for many of our units are now browsable from this website and allow for simple click-to-cart functionality. In addition, parts are searchable by keyword, part number and category, making part identification or discovery easier than ever.

For existing Terex account holders, request online access at https://parts.terex.com/. For new customer and retail sales, browse the catalog at https://myparts.terex.com/. www.terex.com/utilities

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Rock Mills’ Lifter and Lifter PLUS

The Lifter and The Lifter PLUS are vehicle-mounted, automated solutions to remove heavy network access lids and storm grates. Manually removing lids and grates is now obsolete. Remove covers and grates safely and efficiently with the push of a button on a hand-held remote.

The Lifter and The Lifter PLUS offer a broad range of removal solutions. The Lifter is intended for conventional-sized covers. The Lifter PLUS is meant for use with heavy, large-diameter covers; it offers an industry-leading automated safety solution to remove covers as heavy as 600 pounds with the push of a button. www.rockmillsent.com

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Hino Ultimate Confidence Initiative

Hino Trucks has acknowledged that the rapidly changing global health emergency is creating uneven economic effects across all industries. In response, Hino is introducing the Ultimate Confidence Initiative meant to strengthen and support their customers’ businesses.

Hino Trucks, in conjunction with Toyota Industries Commercial Finance, is offering customers a No Payment in 2020 option. Subject to credit approval on applications made by August 31, 2020, this financing opportunity is available on all new Hino models.

Customers who take advantage of the No Payments and No Interest in 2020 option also will have all of their required maintenance covered in 2020 through December 31.

The current, complimentary HinoCare planned maintenance program for Hino’s cabover lineup (155, 195, M4, M5 models) already helps customers stay on schedule and on budget. Now, customers with this preventive service care program on their current cabover trucks, or HinoCare that was purchased for their conventional trucks (258, 268, 338, L6, L7 models), will have a 90-day extension added to the end date of their services. www.hino.com/dealers.html

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PRO-VISION Hybrid HD DVR

PRO-VISION Video Systems, a proven leader in mobile video technology and software, has announced the release of its new 900 Series Hybrid HD DVR that combines 1080p HD recording and observation technology in one device for unrivaled video coverage on commercial vehicles.

The PRO-VISION 900 Series Hybrid HD DVR simultaneously records video and provides camera views on an in-cab monitor – including the rear view while backing up and blind spots while turning – in 1080p HD resolution. The DVR provides operators with the high-quality video they need to prevent accidents and shows the details of what really happened during an incident.

With the release of the new 900 Series Hybrid HD DVR, PRO-VISION also has released a new line of 1080p HD cameras designed for the 900 Series. They are intended to help operators avoid collisions with crystal-clear views of their surroundings, providing a picture quality that’s nearly seven times better than other systems.

With up to six cameras providing 360-degree video coverage, and industry-leading features including built-in Wi-Fi, automated wireless file transfer and GPS tracking, the PRO-VISION 900 Series Hybrid HD DVR is backed by a five-year system warranty. https://provisionusa.com

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Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle

Dana Inc. recently announced the start of production of its Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle for Class 4 and 5 commercial fleet applications. The e-Axle will be available for ordering by vehicle manufacturers in the third quarter of 2020. Dana is the first to market with this e-Axle classification in North America and is the only supplier with the in-house capability to manufacture all components of the system, including the gears, axle, motor and inverter.

Designed for medium-duty truck and bus applications, the e-S9000r is based on the proven and widely specified Spicer S110, S111 and S130 rear drive axle platforms, and is engineered as a fully integrated e-Axle, including a gearbox and motor. The eS9000r is easily incorporated into most existing chassis, reducing driveline complexity while allowing batteries to be located between the frame rails to simplify truck body positioning. The eS9000r axle also incorporates Dana’s patent-pending electronically controlled parking pawl system. www.dana.com

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Hot Shot’s Secret Diesel Engine Oil

Hot Shot’s Secret has expanded the company’s Green Diamond Fleet Full Synthetic Group III/Group IV engine oil line by rolling out a new 10W-30 blend. Specially formulated for use in diesel-powered vehicles that experience extreme temperatures, heavy loads, stop-and-go operations or high airborne particulates, Green Diamond Fleet is ideal for all diesel-powered light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, construction and industrial equipment, drilling rigs and stationary engines. As a severe-duty diesel oil, it is a replacement for any CF-4, CJ-4, CI-4 or CI-4 Plus specification oil.

Manufactured strictly from Group III and Group IV base oils, it is infused with Hot Shot’s Secret FR3 Nano Technology and a fully formulated CK-4 additive package. This 100% synthetic diesel oil effectively cleans, lubricates and maintains engines and turbos for long-lasting protection, improved performance and fuel economy, and longer oil drain intervals. Additional benefits include improved cold starting, reduced soot, noise and vibration. www.hotshotsecret.com

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BEACON-4-LIFE

The BEACON-4-LIFE is a safe alternative to the traditional strike flare. It was created by a first responder to provide advanced warning of an emergency scene or work zone using safe, eco-friendly, state-of-the-art LED lighting technology. The tool offers more than 100 hours of battery life and 17 different flashing patterns to help keep personnel safe. https://beacon-4-life.com

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Dakota Canopy Body

Dakota Bodies has announced the release of their new utility body for cab chassis and vans. It was developed with multiple applications in mind, including utilities, HVAC/plumbing, telecommunications, electrical and other similar trades.

The enclosed utility body was designed to make the technician’s job easier. The storage compartments provide optimal organizational space and easy access to tools and equipment. It is a mobile workshop that will not only keep your equipment and tools safe but will also keep them protected from damaging weather. The lightweight, aluminum construction option will provide you with dependable durability as well as more payload capacity when compared to steel utility bodies. It will soon be available for numerous cab chassis and van makes and models. www.dakotabodies.com

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Polaris Expands Utility Vehicle Line

The Polaris Pro XD is now gas-powered. With the addition of two new gas models to its Pro XD lineup, Polaris Commercial has broadened the applications where the UTV can be used. Pro XD is built to withstand tough duty cycles and usage on the work site and enhance productivity.

Like the diesel models, the new Pro XD gas models provide seating capacity for up to four individuals, industry-leading payload of up to 2,075 pounds and towing capacity of 2,500 pounds. Designed for work across various off-road and on-road terrains and factory shipped at 26 mph, the gas-powered models are the ideal vehicle for increasing job site capabilities. The new models continue to provide the same best-in-class durability, serviceability and safety features with some additional model updates. https://polaris.com/commercial

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WEATHER GUARD CabMax Composite Bulkhead

WEATHER GUARD, an industry leader in truck and van equipment, has announced its new CabMax Composite Bulkhead. Designed to enhance drivers’ comfort and workspace, the single-piece design is strong yet weighs just 55 pounds. The CabMax Composite Bulkhead provides enhanced driver comfort, noise reduction, climate control and customization options.

In commercial vans, bulkheads are crucial to the safety of the user and the functionality of the vehicle. The bulkhead separates the driver from the cargo area, providing protection from shifting loads. In the past, van bulkheads have not been a great platform for mounting van storage components or other accessories, but the new CabMax Composite Bulkhead has transformed it into a usable part of van equipment. The new CabMax Composite Bulkhead has accessory panels that can be placed in 14 different attachment points. The accessory panels are designed to accompany WEATHER GUARD REDZONE accessories but also offer standard threaded inserts to use off-the-shelf attachments.

In addition to the CabMax Composite Bulkhead providing more space for accessories, tools and personal items, it also provides more room for the driver. Because commercial drivers spend a significant amount of their day in their van’s cab, comfort was especially important when designing the WEATHER GUARD CabMax Composite Bulkhead. The new bump-out design allows the driver’s seat to recline up to 35 degrees, the largest driver seat range of motion in the industry. www.weatherguard.com

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Terex Technical Service and Support Tools

In 2019, Terex Utilities released or updated more than 50 Tech Tips and service presentations. Some Tech Tips are applicable to specific Terex digger derricks, aerial devices or auger drills, while others address frequently asked questions or common challenges faced by customers. Following are descriptions of just a few of the topics Terex Utilities covered in 2019.

The Hi-Ranger TM Series is a heavy-duty transmission aerial device used by line crews, offering working heights to 125 feet, basket capacities of up to 800 pounds and material-handling capacities of 1,500 pounds. Three of the new Tech Tips released in 2019 provide practical troubleshooting assistance in addition to manuals. Tech Tip #57 explains how to use the manual letdown system; Tech Tip #82 provides guidance on how to set zero on the TM Leveling Controller; and Tech Tip #77 assists in evaluating the cause of top controls not working.

Load Alert, Terex Utilities’ aerial device technology for monitoring jib and platform capacity and boom position, was updated in 2019 with new screen notifications for the operator. Two Tech Tips – #118 and #119 – explain what to do if sensor communication is lost or inaccurate.

Terex’s evolving chassis controller system interfaces between Terex equipment and the OEM chassis computer system for DC pump control, throttle control and remote stop/start. If service personnel need help with programming or want to refer to an easy cheat sheet of fault codes, Tech Tips #78 and #81 are useful.

These and other technical support documents are available online at the Technical Support tab at www.terex.com/utilities, or users can sign up to receive email notifications at www.terex.com/utilities/en/links/preferences. www.terex.com/utilities

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Premier Truck Brings Industrial ATV to the U.S.

Premier Truck Rental, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will be among the first firms to bring the Fat Truck to the U.S. The Fat Truck is designed and assembled in Canada to move up to eight people or 2,200 pounds of payload across terrain that in the past might have required helicopter transport or been totally inaccessible – including on wet and flooded lands.

Premier Truck Rental has been serving multiple industries across the U.S., including those in the construction, electrical, oil and gas, and wind and solar sectors.

The Fat Truck is designed with safety foremost in mind. It is certified to the highest rollover protection structure standards, is compliant with Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, and offers 360-degree visibility to the driver, among other safety features.  

In addition to safety, the vehicle has built-in user interfaces designed to be easy to use. It has an intuitive joystick drive and dash display, automatic transmission, and can be driven on the left or right side of the vehicle depending on customer requirements. https://rentptr.com/fat-truck/

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Bigfoot Layered Outrigger Pad

Bigfoot Construction Equipment now offers an outrigger pad made of their custom composite beneath a strong wooden pad. This layering process enables the wood to last longer since the plastic composite keeps the upper wooden pad away from water.  

Other benefits of the layered outrigger pad include: wood will stop the composite from cupping in poor soil conditions; wood provides a lesser point of contact to the composite beneath, which most often is the cause of cupping; and Bigfoot’s custom composite will take the impact and moisture from the ground and extend the life of the company’s premium birch. 

Bigfoot’s new outrigger pad has been designed to meet the needs of tree trimmers and others in the field. It also is suitable for 40- to 100-ton cranes. Bigfoot offers the pad in different sizes and shapes, and the custom composite can be installed with safety orange. www.outriggerpads.com

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Go Industries’ Grille Guard

The Go Industries Grille Guard for the C4500-6500 (ET005) features no cutting or drilling. Designed with the tilt body in mind, this piece will articulate forward for easy hood access. Our locking mechanism has two OEM-style latches (one per side) and safety pins, ensuring a snug, secure mount. The grille guard is fully welded together with headlight brush guards constructed out of 1.9-inch, 14-gauge tubing and 2.5-inch center cross tubes. The center screen is laser cut out of 18-gauge material. This part comes in a black textured powder-coat finish and is made in the U.S.A. www.goindustries.com

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Hino Trucks’ Transmission Warranty

Hino Trucks is taking ownership value to new heights with an unprecedented move in warranty.

Effective immediately, 2020 model year Hino vehicles equipped with an Allison transmission will include a five-year unlimited-mile transmission warranty. This new standard gives customers up to two additional years of coverage and does away with mileage limits at no additional cost to customers. All Allison transmissions offered by Hino Trucks are included as well as all vocational applications. This base transmission warranty extends to classes 6-8 and includes Hino models 238, 258, 268 and 338, as well as the all-new Hino XL Series. www.hino.com

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Jarraff All-Terrain Tree Trimmer

Jarraff Industries has unveiled a new version of its Jarraff All-Terrain Tree Trimmer. The new Quad Track Jarraff features a four-quad-track undercarriage, an industry-exclusive feature. The new quad-track configuration provides an option that users in the right-of-way maintenance industry have not seen before.

The quad-track design provides low ground pressure and excellent traction, as well as road-ability and maneuverability in a single machine. In addition to the extreme mobility, the new Jarraff features all of the latest upgrades that existing Jarraff models offer, including a patent-pending rotating saw head design that allows the operator to rotate the blade assembly 180 degrees, another industry exclusive. The recently added touch-screen information center gives the operator unmatched control, engine monitoring, high-definition camera display and more. A Cummins 130-horsepower, Tier 4 engine meets all environmental emission standards and mandates.

The new Quad Track Jarraff joins the four-wheel-drive and LGP steel/rubber track models in providing a dynamic field of operation for tree-trimming applications. A rotary manifold offers a 360-degree-plus range of motion as a standard feature. The unit also provides lateral tilt and 75-foot cutting height. Two four-way joysticks and fingertip controls offer optimal precision.

In addition, each Jarraff model’s cab is completely ROPS, FOPS and OPS certified. The Jarraff adds safety to every job because operators never leave the ground. www.jarraff.com

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Terex TL Series of Aerial Devices

Terex Utilities has expanded its TL Series of aerial devices with three new telescopic and material-handling models designed for transmission work.

The series includes the TL80, TL100 and TL80/112, which provide 80-foot, 100-foot and 112-foot working heights, respectively. The new TL transmission aerial devices were developed to have strong working ranges when compared to similar transmission aerials. For example, the TL100 has more than 61 feet of horizontal reach and a maximum material-handling capacity of 1,000 pounds.

All three models feature end-mounted, two-person platforms with capacities up to 700 pounds. Self-leveling platforms rotate 180 degrees. The TL80 and TL80/112 also are available with an option of a side-mounted platform having a jib capacity up to 2,000 pounds.

Designed to provide ground access, the platform on all TL units can be lowered to within inches of the ground. In addition, the boom design increases bed space and bed access to the bucket. Use of high-grade, high-yield-strength steel in the upper and lower boom sections provides rigid operation while reducing weight in the boom. The lower boom comes with a fiberglass lower boom insert and an upper boom that allows the TL80 and TL80/112 Category B Dielectric to be rated for 138-kV work. The TL100 can be rated up to 69 kV. www.terex.com/utilities

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Bridgestone Fuel-Efficient Trailer Tire

Bridgestone Americas Inc. has announced a new addition to its fuel-efficient Bridgestone Ecopia commercial truck tire portfolio. The Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire is a SmartWay verified trailer tire engineered to deliver low rolling resistance and exceptional wear in long-haul and regional service applications.

The Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire is engineered with features such as an IntelliShape sidewall designed to reduce the overall tire weight and minimize rolling resistance. The tire also uses patented NanoPro-Tech polymer technology to limit energy loss and help improve fuel economy. Additional innovations include a fuel-efficient tread design to lower rolling resistance and improve fuel economy; an innovative tread pattern to increase traction and grip on wet roads, as well as absorption of tread edge stress to promote long, even wear; an optimized tread volume that allows for long removal mileage; and a specialized defense groove structure that helps establish even pressure at the tire shoulder and minimize tread edge wear.

Designed to maximize the total tire life cycle, the Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire provides excellent retreadability and works together with Bandag FuelTech retreads to capitalize on tire performance potential, drive down fuel costs and make mobility more efficient for fleets. https://commercial.bridgestone.com

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LockNClimb Ergonomic Safety Ladder

LockNClimb, the world’s leading manufacturer of innovative ergonomic safety ladders for the trucking industry, has introduced the 42LNCTRKENG. This ladder rolls easily and sets up quickly around the tires, allowing unparalleled working access to all maintenance points on the engine via its stable, wide, slip-resistant platform. The ladder can be repositioned where needed to access running lights, windshields, mirrors and other components. The optional yellow safety handrails provide extra safety when ascending and descending.

LockNClimb ladders are made one at a time out of industrial-grade 6061 aluminum by skilled craftsmen in the USA and have been designed to exceed all applicable OSHA and ANSI standards. The patented LockNClimb base makes the 42-inch-high 42LNCTRKENG a freestanding ladder with no top rest support required. The ladder can easily be rolled on its commercial-quality hard rubber wheels and slides on replaceable brass feet to prevent sparks. www.locknclimb.com/trucking

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TravelCenters of America TechOn-SITE Mobile Maintenance

TravelCenters of America LLC has answered the call to provide more comprehensive heavy truck maintenance and repair services for fleet equipment that is idle with TechOn-SITE.

Trucks today are more complex than ever, equipped with advanced electronic components, sensors and emission controls that require state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose an issue and a highly skilled technician to complete the repair. TechOn-SITE, previously TA Truck Service OnSITE, better identifies the importance of the technical expertise required to fill a growing need in the industry for expanded remote maintenance and repair services. 

The TechOn-SITE mobile maintenance vehicle is custom designed to provide the technician access to the tools, equipment and parts needed to complete routine maintenance or a more complex repair. Some of the most frequently requested mobile services include DOT inspections, computer diagnostics, tire service, brakes, lighting and trailer maintenance. www.ta-petro.com

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Design Interactive Augmented-Reality Training Solution

Design Interactive Inc., providers of augmented- and virtual-reality training solutions for fleet maintenance personnel, vendors and OEMs, recently announced that the company’s AUGMENTOR transportation-focused, augmented-reality training solution is now available on Android and iOS mobile devices.

The new mobile applications for AUGMENTOR include an augmented-reality mode that lets technicians visualize procedure steps where they are conducted. For example, if a vehicle requires an inspection of its tires or brakes, the step is placed near or on that component or system. Users also can see 3D virtual representations of parts for reference during inspection or repairs. The mobile app includes videos, audio messages and text instruction. 

For fleets, AUGMENTOR helps lower training, labor and parts costs, and increases vehicle uptime and shop productivity. Especially as new technologies continue to increase the complexity of the repairs, tools and skills needed by technicians, this transportation-focused solution ensures training consistency by enabling access to updated content. http://designinteractive.net

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Rock Mills’ Lifter PLUS

Rock Mills Enterprises is pleased to introduce The Lifter PLUS, the next generation of vehicle-mounted, automated manhole cover removal tools.

The Lifter PLUS has been designed to address the need for a more powerful tool to remove very heavy, large-diameter manhole covers commonly found in electric utility and telecom networks. The Lifter PLUS delivers 3,500 pounds of magnetic gripping capacity to powerfully remove covers that are not only heavy but also may have raised lettering and designs on the cover.

The Lifter PLUS and the newly introduced Folding Swing Arm offer a unique, innovative, industry-leading solution to support worker safety and work performance for high-challenge removal tasks. www.rockmillsent.com

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VMAC PTO Driven Air Compressor

VMAC has released its newest Direct-Transmission Mounted PTO Driven Air Compressor, designed specifically for RAM trucks. The DTM70 is the world’s first direct-transmission-mounted PTO-driven air compressor, currently available for Ford F-250 to F-750 Power Stroke Diesel trucks, and now for RAM 3500 to 5500 chassis cab Cummins Diesel trucks.

The DTM70 Air Compressor produces up to 70 CFM at 100 psi (175 psi max). It is powerful enough to use for OTR tire inflation, 1-inch impact wrenches, 60-pound jackhammers and pavement breakers, vertical/horizontal grinders and sanders, and other small- to medium-sized air tools with high air demand.

The VMAC DTM70 is a popular choice for those looking to save space on their truck decks, as it is installed under the truck. The complete DTM70 system weighs just 150 pounds, making it a lightweight choice compared to traditional deck-mount air compressors or other underdeck systems. www.vmacair.com/dtm70

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ALI Lift Safety Training Course

It’s easier than ever to make sure every technician in a shop receives training on the proper use of vehicle lifts. Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) is now offering an annual subscription option for its popular “Lifting It Right” online lift safety training course. An annual facility-wide subscription allows everyone in a single location to take the course as often as needed throughout the year.

This option makes it easier for facilities to train new employees, provides a significant cost savings for larger organizations and simplifies payment. Another new pricing option for the online course is a lower rate for vocational students and schools.

An annual subscription is $240 per facility location. The new student rate is $10 per person. Standard pricing is $16 per participant for the English version of the course and $24 per participant for Spanish.

“Lifting It Right” covers proper lifting practices for all types of vehicle lifts. The online course can be taken on a computer or mobile device. Most people finish it in an hour or less. At the end, a certificate of completion is stored online for easy access if a shop needs to produce training records. The course helps facilities comply with national and local safety training requirements. www.autolift.org/ali-store/

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ASA Proximity Sensor System

ASA Electronics has expanded its line of sensor systems with the CVPS18 four-channel system. The CVPS18 is an easy, economical way to outfit virtually any vehicle with the latest safety technology. The four ultrasonic, weatherproof sensors are easy to install and can be painted to match the color of the vehicle, making them a universal solution for aftermarket application.

The CVPS18 sensors are designed to detect objects within a 5-foot range of the rear bumper without requiring any calibration to aid in backing up or parking the vehicle. When the vehicle is in reverse, the sensors will trigger a speaker in the cab to emit an audible alert if an object should happen to get too close.

As the vehicle continues to back up, or as the object moves closer, the beeping will become more frequent. If the object comes within 16 inches of the bumper, a solid tone will sound. The audio speaker has three volume levels – low, high and off – to suit driver preferences. 

The CVPS18 sensor system can be used in conjunction with other Voyager observation products, like backup cameras and monitors, to create a comprehensive safety system. www.asaelectronics.com

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Transfer Flow Replacement Fuel Tank System

Transfer Flow has introduced a 50-gallon high-capacity midship replacement tank for 2018-19 Ford F-150 Power Stroke diesel crew cab short-bed trucks.

The 50-gallon replacement tank is perfect for F-150 Power Stroke owners who want to maximize their fuel capacity and driving range without sacrificing truck bed space. It is crafted from ReliaSteel 12-gauge U.S. high-yield aluminized steel and includes internal baffles for strength and reduced fuel slosh. Installation is easy: Drop the plastic stock fuel tank, replace it with the larger steel fuel tank in the same location, fill up and hit the open road. Transfer Flow has more than 300 qualified installers throughout the U.S. and Canada who are ready to install your new tank.

All Transfer Flow fuel tank systems ship complete with every component needed for installation and are covered by a six-year, unlimited mileage warranty. The F-150 diesel replacement tank is powder-coated for a durable black finish, with the optional upgrade to add a spray-on textured coat for extra durability. www.transferflow.com

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Bar’s Leaks Professional-Strength Hydraulic Seal

Bar’s Leaks, the market leader in stop-leak products for over 70 years, has introduced Hydraulic Seal (P/N H60), a professional-grade formula to repair leaks, reduce friction and wear, and renew seals and O-rings in hydraulic systems. It’s designed to work in trucks, tractors, construction and agricultural equipment, as well as industrial applications.

Developed for both low- and high-pressure hydraulic systems, Hydraulic Seal Stop Leak and Conditioner contains a high-quality, durable, field-proven zinc-based additive package along with viscosity modifiers to restore thermal stability and anti-wear additives in the hydraulic system.

Bar’s Leaks Hydraulic Seal works with 32, 46, 68 and all other petroleum and synthetic hydraulic fluids, pump seals, control valve seals, actuators, rams, cylinders, O-ring boss fittings and hydrostatic transmissions.

The product is available in 32-ounce, 1-gallon, 5-gallon and 55-gallon sizes. For normal usage, add 1 ounce of Bar’s Leaks Hydraulic Seal for every quart of hydraulic fluid capacity. In extremely worn systems, use up to 2 ounces per quart of fluid capacity. For preventive maintenance, use a half-ounce per quart of fluid capacity.

Bar’s Leaks Hydraulic Seal starts working right after installation. Most leaks are sealed within a few hours of application and usage. Some leaks can take up to a few days to stop. https://barsleaks.com

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Peterbilt All-Electric Medium-Duty Model

Peterbilt Motors Co.’s all-electric medium-duty Model 220EV joins the previously announced Model 520EV and the Model 579EV in the Peterbilt electric vehicle lineup. In all, Peterbilt will have more than 30 electric vehicles in operation by the end of 2019, with customers representing the refuse, regional haul and city delivery applications.

The zero-emission 220EV is powered by two TransPower battery packs with a total of 148 kWh and a Meritor Blue Horizon two-speed-drive eAxle. It features a range of 100 miles and a recharge time of one hour when using a DC fast-charging system.

Peterbilt will begin delivering the 220EV in the summer of 2019 and will put a total of six into service this year with a major customer. www.peterbilt.com

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TravelCenters of America Dominates Driver Satisfaction Survey

TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) – operator of TA, TA Express and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands – recently announced the results of the 12th annual “Voted Best” survey. The survey was commissioned by TravelCenters and conducted by an independent agency in October 2018 to garner professional driver feedback on truck stop services and amenities.

Individuals surveyed rated their preference for TA and Petro versus the next closest truck stop brand. In the Overall Area, driver preference for TA and Petro was 6 to 1 for best truck stop experience and 7 to 1 for most comprehensive driver services. In the Employees Area, TA and Petro had the best employees 2 to 1 over the next closest truck stop brand; the best employee understanding of drivers 3 to 1; the friendliest maintenance and repair write-up staff 3 to 1; and the maintenance and repair staff most trusted to perform the job right 6 to 1. In the Fuel Area, driver preference was 2 to 1 for the quickest fueling time, and drivers said TA and Petro had the largest parking lots (6 to 1) that also were the easiest to maneuver (5 to 1).   

When it came to the Truck Repair & Maintenance Area, TA and Petro achieved high scores in categories including Most Complete Services (7 to 1), Most Competent Technicians (5 to 1), Most ASE Certified Technicians (8 to 1) and Best Roadside Assistance (4 to 1).

Other categories that drivers were surveyed about included Showers & Restrooms, Restaurants, Driver Comforts and Community Outreach. www.ta-petro.com

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Goodyear Storm Priority Program

As utility crews and their trucks spring into action during and after hurricanes and other severe weather incidents, the risk of tire damage due to storm-related debris increases exponentially. During these times, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s Storm Priority program helps get utility trucks up and running quickly so utility crews can continue their power restoration efforts.

Goodyear Storm Priority is offered through the 24/7 Goodyear-Fleet HQ Emergency Roadside Service program, which helps trucks that have been immobilized by tire issues return to service.

To access Goodyear Storm Priority during and after severe weather incidents, utility truck drivers call a dedicated line: 1-855-STORMHQ. Calls that come in through the line are given high priority and immediately routed to the 24/7 Goodyear-Fleet HQ Solution Center, where trained agents capture vital information, including the location of the caller’s vehicle. Goodyear agents will then locate and dispatch a service technician from the nearest Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Center or independent, authorized Goodyear commercial tire dealer to the truck. The technician will evaluate the vehicle’s tire situation and help return it to service quickly and efficiently.

Goodyear Storm Priority is available to utility fleets of all sizes, configurations and vocations. www.goodyeartrucktires.com

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Polaris PRO XD Line

Polaris Commercial has designed the all-new PRO XD, a breakthrough line of utility task vehicles (UTVs) purpose-built for work. The PRO XD line offers three diesel-powered models built to withstand the tough duty cycles and usage on the worksite, boasting industry-leading payload and towing capabilities and unmatched durability, serviceability and safety tailored to the commercial working customer.

The PRO XD provides payload of 1,930 pounds, towing of 2,500 pounds and world-class mobility that’s expected from a world leader like Polaris. Extensive research with rental, government and construction industry leaders showed that customer productivity and profitability in work environments that use UTVs are driven by vehicle durability, serviceability and safety – which is exactly what the PRO XD provides. The vehicle models are the two-passenger PRO XD 2000D, which is available in either two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and the four-passenger PRO XD 4000D, which is available in all-wheel drive. https://commercial.polaris.com

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Hino Towing and Recovery Trucks

This past spring, Hino Trucks announced the expansion of its product lineup with the introduction of the all-new XL Series. The Hino XL7 and XL8 models are powered by Hino’s legendary A09 turbo-diesel 8.9-liter inline six-cylinder engine boasting a B10 life of 1 million miles.

Production of the new Hino XL7 and XL8 trucks will start in early 2019, and the trucks will be assembled in Mineral Wells, West Virginia, at Hino’s new 1-million-square-foot state-of-the-art production facility. The Hino XL Series has been coupled with the versatile Century 3212 G2 that is designed with the capability of towing a wide range of vehicles, from passenger cars, vans, city tractors and motor homes. With multipositional rear jacks, dual 15,000-pound planetary winches and a 16-ton recovery boom, this unit was designed to handle a wide variety of recovery jobs.

In addition, the patented design of the Hino XL Series with a Miller Industries 16-Series LCG (Low Center of Gravity) carrier lowers the deck height 5 to 6 inches over conventional carriers. The lower height allows for the transport of taller loads, such as forklifts or manlifts, that may be overheight on a conventional carrier, as well as providing better stability during transport.

The Hino XL Series will be offered in a host of straight truck and tractor configurations with a GVWR range of 33,000 to 60,000 pounds and GCWR up to 66,000 pounds, with max performance of 360 horsepower and 1,150 pound-feet of torque. www.hino.com

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Jarraff Quad-Track Brush Cutter

Jarraff Industries has unveiled a new version of its recently rebranded brush cutter, the LineBacker (formerly Geo-Boy). The new LineBacker brush cutter features a four-quad-track undercarriage, an industry exclusive feature. The new quad-track configuration provides users with unparalleled mobility in the most challenging terrain. 

Jarraff Industries Director of Engineering and R&D Jake Schmotter said, “When it comes to heavy-duty brush cutters, arborists and ROW contractors have always been forced to make a choice between the low ground pressure and traction of a track machine, or the road-ability and flexibility of tires. The new quad-track brush cutter offers the best capabilities of a track and tire in one machine.”

In addition to the new quad-track configuration, the LineBacker offers an innovative touch-screen control center that gives the user unmatched operational input. The unit’s Cummins 260-horsepower, 6.7-liter Tier 4 diesel engine meets all EPA regulations, while improving overall fuel efficiency and roading speed. www.jarraff.com

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Stertil-Koni High-Lift Wheel Dolly

Confronted with growing requirements for added safety and performance in heavy-duty vehicle maintenance facilities, one relatively low-tech solution is emerging as a key player.

Meet the high-lift wheel dolly that, according to a recent review of best practices across North America conducted by heavy-duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni, is enhancing ergonomics and versatility on the shop floor. 

Here’s how: The crane arm offers efficiency and stable ergonomics when lifting disc brakes, brake drums, fuel tanks, toolboxes, calipers and many other heavy parts.

Moreover, when it comes to lifting big wheels, the WDA-500 model is more than up to the challenge, with a capacity of 1,100 pounds. That comes in handy when a technician is removing large wheels that often can weigh up to 500 pounds each. The crane arm on the WDA-500, which is fitted with a 360-degree pivoting hook for greater range and flexibility, easily swivels aside to allow wheel removal operations to be completed without straining the technician.

The WDA-500 can accommodate wheel sizes from 10.63 to 51.18 inches. The dolly stands 47.17 inches high with a width of 45.28 inches and a length of 33.30 inches. Lifting height is 28.23 inches. It weighs 220 pounds. The high-lift wheel dolly also can be used with mobile column, platform and inground lifts. https://stertil-koni.com/vehicle-lifts/accessories-and-shop-equipment/shop-equipment/wheel-dollies

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Sherman + Reilly Tool Monitoring Smartphone App

Emerson has announced the launch of the Sherman + Reilly i-press battery tool monitoring smartphone app.

The new i-press app allows crews to track their Next Generation Sherman + Reilly Battery Tools. Using the simple navigation display, workers can view the battery charge, last service date, last five pressure measurements, tool temperature and number of cycles completed with a connected tool. Users can create a project within the i-press app to save and combine crimping operation data and track tool performance. When the project is complete, an overview report is generated and sent as a PDF.

In addition to the new i-press app, Sherman + Reilly will continue to provide factory service solutions for battery-powered tools from their locations in Rockford, Illinois, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Professional service experts provide preventive maintenance, comprehensive assessments and certified tool testing to quickly get tools back in safe working order.

The new i-press app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play. www.emerson.com

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Cooper SEVERE Series MSD Truck and Bus Radial Tire

Cooper Tire has expanded its Cooper SEVERE Series truck and bus radial (TBR) tire line with the introduction of the new Cooper SEVERE Series Mixed Service Drive or MSD, a premium drive tire for demanding mixed service applications. A deep 32/32nds tire, the Cooper SEVERE Series MSD is designed to handle the toughest off-road conditions, while delivering long, even wear that fleets require on the road.

Triangular tie-bars in the outside shoulder help to promote traction throughout the life of the Cooper SEVERE Series MSD, while also mitigating heel-toe wear. Designed to reduce total cost of ownership, the highly engineered, durable casing includes stone ejectors to ensure multiple retreads beyond the original tread life.

The Cooper SEVERE Series MSD is offered in two sizes – 11R22.5 (LRH) and 11R24.5 (LRH) – which are now available for shipment. www.coopertrucktires.com

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Ranger Design Max Step

Ranger Design has launched its newest product: the Max Step. This is a van step that is attached to the frame of the vehicle in the back, in order to give trade workers easy access to cargo space or the roof rack. The Max Step is beneficial for workers who spend most of their day climbing in and out of their vans, as it means less wear and tear on their bodies.

Made with anti-slip tread plates, the Max Step is built to provide a rugged grip in any type of climate. A sleek line of reflective tape across each step also ensures maximum visibility, day and night. To ensure a long-lasting lifetime, the Max Step is manufactured to TUV standards and protected by an anti-corrosive finish to guard against weathering and early deterioration. With a 300-pound weight capacity, the Max Step is as sturdy as they come.

Currently the Max Step is available for the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster. Easy to install, it can be quickly fastened to any of these vans built without factory steps. https://rangerdesign.com

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Crossroads Mobile Maintenance Invests in Service Trucks

Crossroads Mobile Maintenance (CRMM) has been servicing utility fleets for over 50 years. The company employs close to 50 technicians, staffing two service shops located in Michigan and Iowa, as well as 20-plus mobile service trucks dispersed throughout the Midwest.

CRMM recently invested in new mobile service trucks. The company selected the Dodge Ram 5500 crew cab chassis with Eagle Pro I 2250 line body equipped with 3126E cranes. This decision was based on the scope and location of the work being done. CRMM wanted a truck that is four-wheel-drive and has the capability to get where the piece of equipment is, which is in the field the majority of the time. Durability was another important factor in the decision. CRMM chose the STI body because the company believes it is built to withstand the conditions and environments its technicians operate in. In addition, each new line body comes with an air pump that pressurizes the entire body to reduce moisture and prevent water from entering the body. www.cr-mm.com

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LockNClimb Ergonomic Truck Ladder

Designed for ergonomic, safe MRO service on utility truck engines, this ladder also works on all Class 8 diesel trucks and service trucks used for concrete, waste management and similar activities. 

Benefits include the following: a stable platform for engine maintenance and overhauls; base fits around tires to allow close proximity; provides easy reach to windshield and running lights; can support two people working side by side; OSHA 375-pound rated; patented 6061-grade industrial aluminum base; field tested and designed by mechanics; and made one at a time by craftsmen in the USA. www.locknclimb.com

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Gasboy Fuel Management System

Gasboy, the industry leader in commercial and industrial fuel and fleet technologies, has launched Islander PRIME, the next-generation fuel management system for commercial fueling. 

The Islander PRIME is the best-in-class home base fuel management controller, an all-in-one standalone pedestal enabling forecourt automation with flexible fueling authorization capabilities. It features a modern design and an advanced user interface with a high-brightness color LCD payment terminal and a full alphanumeric keypad.

The Islander PRIME is highly modular, with various factory-installed and field-upgradeable options, including card reader, printer, HID reader and support for Gasboy’s Fuel Point PLUS vehicle identification system. It supports up to eight mechanical hoses and 64 electronic hoses, as well as all common communication protocols. 

Designed for quality, the Islander PRIME is capable of withstanding the harsh environments and extreme temperatures found on many commercial and industrial fuel sites. It is also available in stainless steel and ADA-approved versions. www.gasboy.com

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Ditch Witch Heavy-Duty Trencher

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced its largest trencher to date, the HT275, to boost productivity and versatility on a broad range of trenching jobs. The unit was designed to increase year-over-year return on investment on water, sewer, gas, power and underdrain installations, pipeline distribution and other heavy-duty trenching tasks.

The HT275 provides operators exceptional efficiency on installations up to 10 feet deep and 26 inches wide. A fully utilized Cummins 275-horsepower T4 engine provides the power to tackle a variety of job site environments and digging conditions. And a hydrostatic trencher-chain drive with an infinitely variable displacement motor allows operators to easily match chain speeds to soil conditions.

The HT275 boosts job site performance with four hydraulic quick-disconnect blocks that reduce the time it takes to change attachments from days to hours. The design allows operators to change rear attachments in the field without the use of heavy lifting equipment. And, for better performance on uneven terrains, the machine has a patent-pending suspension that mounts to the center of each track frame. This innovative design feature provides the unique ability to float each track independently, which takes stress off the main frame.

Equipped with a power sliding cab and featuring external cameras, the HT275 offers industry-leading visibility of the job site. Operators also benefit from unparalleled comfort and control due to an air-ride suspension seat with 270-degree rotation, ergonomic joystick controls and dual 7-inch displays. www.ditchwitch.com/trenchers/track/ht275

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PowerPro Extreme 5 Starter Motor

Prestolite Electric is delivering industry-leading starting performance to the medium-duty market with the PowerPro Extreme 5, an all-new 12-volt, 4.5-kilowatt premium replacement starter from Leece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems. The latest addition to the PowerPro Extreme range offers high-torque, high-efficiency starting power for 6- to 10-liter engines used in construction, fire and rescue, pickup and delivery, refuse and school bus applications.

All PowerPro Extreme starter motors are engineered to provide consistent, reliable starting performance under the most demanding conditions. Featuring a planetary gear reduction design, the PowerPro Extreme 5 is available in both 10- and 12-tooth versions and provides a premium replacement alternative for a variety of popular engines, including Cummins ISB, ISC and ISL; International DT466E and DT570E; and MaxxForce DT, 9 and 10 models.

The PowerPro Extreme 5 is engineered to meet major OE specifications. It delivers exceptional performance and durability and features a variety of built-in technologies that improve service life, reduce maintenance costs and increase vehicle uptime. www.prestolite.com

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Re-Engineered Utility Pole Trailers from Felling

No matter the industry, operator safety and ease of use and maintenance are key when a company is looking to acquire new equipment. Felling’s newly designed utility pole trailers are fully engineered and documented products that offer operators many years of trouble-free service.

The trailers are available in three lengths: 20 feet retracted to 30 feet extended; 24 feet retracted to 40 feet extended; and 29 feet retracted to 46 feet extended. Payload capacities from 7,980 pounds up to 36,600 pounds are available, and electric brakes are standard. Trailers can be equipped with air brakes if needed.

Equipped with a 2-inch cold-rolled steel, positive locking adjustment pin and designed with a notched flange welded on the pin, the flange notches must pass through two tabs welded 90 degrees from each other, assuring a positive locked position. The 2-inch positive locking adjustment pin is attached to the trailer with a chain to prevent loss. www.felling.com

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HUBB Filters’ Reusable Sustainable Oil Filter

HUBB Filters is the only reusable sustainable oil filter available in the automotive aftermarket for Class 1 to 6 fleets that want to make a positive impact on the environment and their bottom line. HUBB-equipped fleets eliminate used oil filters going into landfills, and they enjoy increased oil drain intervals and decreased labor costs. The HUBB Swap Filter Exchange Program is a new program that enables a fleet to realize all the benefits of the HUBB reusable sustainable oil filter without the upfront investment. The HUBB solution is backed by the industry’s first 100,000-mile or 5,000-hour guarantee. www.hubbfilters.com

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MAHLE ShopPRO 10-Ton Wheel Lift

MAHLE Service Solutions has introduced the ShopPRO CWL-10, an innovative, air-operated, midrise 10-ton commercial wheel lift that provides a shop with unsurpassed flexibility and quick access to major components on all types of vehicles. The wheel lift system takes all the guesswork out of safely lifting any vehicle, while the positive pinning system provides safe and clear access under one end of the vehicle.

The CWL-10 is ideally suited for shops with low ceiling heights and features a built-in vehicle support stand that allows complete open access under the vehicle. The 100 percent air-operated system provides years of maintenance- and worry-free lifting.

The portable design eliminates the need for a dedicated bay. The maximum lifting height of 24 inches is perfect for major component removal. It also increases shop productivity because there is no wasted time removing aerodynamics from vehicles.

The CWL-10 has a wide, spring-loaded base to provide users with a stable platform to allow for the secure lifting of a wide array of vehicles. The unit comes with small wheel adapters. A dual trigger control valve allows for the synchronized raising and lowering of a vehicle. www.servicesolutions.mahle.com

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DPL Telematics Launches AssetView Tracking System

DPL Telematics, a leading provider of advanced asset monitoring and telemetry technologies, recently announced the release of the AssetView Tracking System. AssetView is an advanced solution for wireless monitoring and remote tracking of any powered or unpowered asset to improve logistics, manage inventory and curb theft. The small, portable GPS unit is completely self-contained and may be hidden on any asset, installing in seconds.

AssetView allows managers to remotely monitor any asset accurately from a robust, internet-based software package and mobile app. The unit is the first telematics product of its kind to feature the following: no external wiring or antenna; internal battery power; long battery life; wireless, two-way communication; little to no sky view required; IP67-rated and UV-stabilized design; compact and completely portable; dual GPS and GLONASS positioning; global cellular coverage; and month-to-month agreement.

The tracking system combines multiple technologies to maximize battery life while operating and remaining active in extremely low power modes. In addition, AssetView’s proprietary Adaptive Tracking technology increases its reporting frequency when movement is detected and automatically reduces it when stationary. This intelligence delivers long battery life while actively alerting on curfew violation, movement or geofence breach, as well as allowing the user to switch to recovery mode over the air. www.dpltelematics.com/assetview

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PSS Rumble Strip Handling Machine

PSS, an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of roadway and pedestrian safety systems, has announced the launch of its newest product, the RoadQuake RAPTOR Rumble Strip Handling Machine.

The RAPTOR transports, deploys, realigns and retrieves the RoadQuake 2F Temporary Portable Rumble Strip (TPRS) in work zones, improving operational efficiency and increasing worker safety. The machine mounts to the front of a vehicle for ease of operation and has a capacity of 12 RoadQuake TPRS. The product provides portable positive protection when deploying and retrieving RoadQuake TPRS, and it is ideal for short-duration, short-term and mobile operations.

In January 2018, PSS kicked off the RAP-Tour, a cross-country demonstration of the RAPTOR’s ability to improve work zone safety. To see the RAPTOR in action or to request a list of tour dates, contact National Sales Manager Dave McKee at 216-403-0898 or [email protected]. http://pss-innovations.com

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Ditch Witch Partners with Vacuworx

Vacuum lifting technology offers an effective approach to moving materials on tough concrete demolition and construction, road and landscaping projects. Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, has partnered with Tulsa-based Vacuworx to bring the benefits of vacuum lifting technology to an expanded network of underground construction contractors, landscapers, municipalities and utilities.

Vacuum lifting systems are designed to use constant vacuum pressure to handle heavy loads, such as steel road plates and concrete slabs. The proven technology eliminates the need for conventional lifting mechanisms that may damage materials. The Vacuworx systems handle up to 10 times more material than conventional methods in half the man hours, allowing contractors and landscapers to spend less time loading materials and more time focused on the job. 

The Vacuworx PS 1 Portable and SL 2 Subcompact Vacuum Lifting Systems are compatible with the full line of Ditch Witch mini skid steers – the SK600, SK800, SK1050 and SK1550. The PS 1 can lift up to 1,700 pounds and is an ideal solution for lighter and smaller lift loads on compact job sites that require the SK600 unit. The SL 2 weighs just 98 pounds and can lift up to 2,700 pounds. It also is compatible with the full mini skid steer line, but to get the most out of its lifting capabilities, the SL 2 must be used in tandem with the SK1550 unit. www.ditchwitch.comwww.vacuworx.com

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Steel Enclosed Van Body from Reading Truck

Reading Truck Body, an industry leader in work truck body solutions, has unveiled its newest steel enclosed van body, the RVSL Steelhawk. Built to meet the overwhelming demand for a steel enclosed body solution that will fit the Ford Transit Cutaway, the RVSL Steelhawk introduces the newest generation of re-engineered Ready Van SL (RVSL) bodies. It weighs up to 700 pounds less than the current RVSL models without compromising functionality or durability, and it has the capability to withstand up to 4,000 pounds of load-carrying capacity.

Reading puts each truck body through rigorous testing to ensure it can stand up to the demands of its customers’ work. The RVSL Steelhawk provides a high-strength enclosed body built with A60 galvannealed steel construction for optimal corrosion-resistance, as well as a rugged diamond-plate steel floor for better grip and slip resistance.

RVSL Steelhawk features an impressive list of standard features and options that include A60 galvannealed steel construction for long-lasting performance; galvanized shelves and easily accessible compartments and panels; durable, slip-resistant diamond-plate steel floor; Latch-Matic keyless entry system; lockable rear access conduit doors; smooth operating steel cab access door; tall clearance solid rear doors with available visibility package windows; LED cargo area dome lights with switch and grab handle; LED combination stop, tail, turn and reverse lights with weather-tight connectors; Masterack cargo shelf packages and options available to organize storage; and class-leading warranty coverage – six-year structural and three-year coating. www.readingbody.com

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Utility One Source Rebranded as Custom Truck One Source

Utility One Source recently announced a major rebranding effort, changing the company’s name to Custom Truck One Source. The rebrand unifies all company platforms under the Custom Truck One Source name.

Known for customization across a wide range of industries and a vast array of products, Custom Truck One Source is positioned as a true one-stop shop for its customers. Company officials say the new name sends a clearer message about what the company does. 

Load King, a trailer and equipment manufacturing subsidiary, will continue to operate under its well-known name, while including Custom Truck One Source in its logo and communications.

The transition to the new name became official April 1. www.customtruck.com

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Palfinger PAL Pro 20

Omaha Standard Palfinger released their newest mechanics body, the PAL Pro 20, at the NTEA Work Truck Show in March.

Accommodating service cranes up to 20,000 foot-pounds of lifting capacity, the reinforced PAL Pro 20 mechanics body is designed to maximize field performance in both on- and off-road applications. All compartment tops and raised compartments are reinforced with internal gussets, which prevents cracking and allows for mounting of welders, compressors and toolboxes.

Every PAL Pro 20 body comes standard with two-piece steel doors featuring internal C-channel stiffeners, automotive adhesive bonding and 316 marine-grade stainless steel hinges. The PAL Pro 20 also features a full-length channel drip rail to divert water away from the compartment openings, and three-point compression latches for improved security and sealing. To maximize storage and payload, aluminum shelving and rollout drawers are available with four longitudinal dividers and padded floors.

The PAL Pro 20 is offered in 9-foot and 11-foot standard configurations, with over 30 bumper and outrigger combinations. For a complete package, PAL Pro 20 is available with Palfinger’s PSC 3216, PSC 4016 and PSC 4025 service crane models and Palfinger’s PRC 45V rotary screw compressor. www.palfinger.com

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Bigfoot Slide Pad

The Slide Pad – a new item from Bigfoot Construction Equipment – is built for rear-lot carts, backyard machines and small manlifts. The back stop bar is removable; you then place the outrigger pad on the machine’s boot/float/shoe and reinstall the back stop bar. This allows the outrigger pad to stay on the equipment for multiple setups at one job location. This is not intended for road transportation. www.outriggerpads.com

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Bigfoot BIG GRIP Outrigger Pads

The BIG GRIP outrigger pad from Bigfoot Construction Equipment has multiple uses. If used facedown, the teeth installed bite into the surface area of contact, reducing slipping and providing a great option for work in ice, mud, snow and similar environmental conditions. If used face-up, the teeth bite into cribbing/dunnage used to make the equipment level and reach the height needed (never higher than the base outrigger pad). When used face to face, these pads bite into each other; this application is designed for vertical pressure only. www.outriggerpads.com

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Barko Back-of-Cab Loaders

Barko’s 80XL and 80XLE back-of-cab knuckleboom loaders offer low installation weight with high payload capacity for a variety of material-handling needs. Built with reliability in mind, the loaders are ideal for a wide array of industrial applications, including logging, tree service and maintenance, storm cleanup, scrap pickup and construction.

Powered by the carrying vehicle’s power takeoff, the loaders feature a robust hydraulic system that provides exceptional functionality. A triple gear pump produces up to 62 gallons per minute, with one section dedicated to the planetary swing drive that allows simultaneous operation of the boom and swing system without losing flow. A rotary manifold allows for 360-degree continuous rotation and provides electrical and hydraulic power to the lower frame. Sectional control-type valves come with folding mechanical joysticks.

The 80XL offers a standard 22-foot straight boom and delivers a maximum lift capacity of 9,880 pounds; a 26-foot straight boom is optional. The 80XLE is equipped with a telescoping boom that extends from 22 to 25 feet and provides lift capacity up to 10,450 pounds. www.barko.com

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E3 Natural Gas Spark Plugs

E3 Spark Plugs now offers a natural gas spark plug that provides greater durability and ignition capacity for CNG- and LNG-powered vehicles. The E3 Natural Gas Spark Plug is a modification of plugs developed for race applications where heat and extreme use can affect durability and ignition capacity.

Low-emission natural gas vehicles require a much higher ignition point. The ignition point for CNG and LNG is almost double that of traditional gas-powered vehicles. To achieve low NOx and carbon emissions, the plug must be able to achieve robust ignition while also withstanding extreme heat. E3’s experience and years of research and development for race applications led to the development of the E3 natural gas spark plug that delivers higher spark voltage, and protects and insulates with a superior ceramic insulator and iridium metal for long-lasting durability.

E3 natural gas spark plugs are recommended for use in all CNG- and LNG-powered vehicles where repeated use and idling is standard. The spark plugs are supported by E3 with a line of natural gas ignition products, including plug-on coils, coil packs and oxygen sensors. www.e3sparkplugs.com

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Prestone Triple Seal Protection Products

The Triple Seal Protection product line by Prestone Products Corp. is a breakthrough stop-leak treatment that allows users to avoid paying thousands for engine repairs. With just one bottle of Triple Seal Protection, leaks are sealed from the inside of the affected area without blocking or corroding the cooling system.

The Triple Seal Protection line includes three products: Prestone Triple Seal Protection Engine Block Stop Leak, Prestone Triple Seal Protection Head Gasket Stop Leak and Prestone Triple Seal Protection Radiator Stop Leak.

Each product is designed for the unique heat and pressure of the specific leak location (engine block, head gasket or radiator). The product is delivered through three proprietary technologies that work together to repair the source of the leak. Effervescent beads flow straight to the source of the leak while a DuPont Kevlar resin forms a web that binds to the surrounding metal. Finally, the seal is secured by an acrylic polymer in the Radiator Stop Leak and an acrylic polymer and sodium silicate (liquid glass) in the Engine Block Stop Leak and Head Gasket Stop Leak that harden the seals.

Both the Engine Block Stop Leak and Radiator Stop Leak products do not require a cooling system flush, while the Head Gasket Stop Leak requires a flush and fill one to two weeks after adding to the system. All three Triple Seal Protection products are safe to use with all colors of antifreeze. They also are competitively priced and offer a high-quality solution to protect today’s sophisticated engines. www.prestone.com

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Sherman + Reilly Four Drum Turret Pilot Line Winder

Sherman + Reilly, a Textron Inc. company and a leading manufacturer of power-line stringing and installation equipment, recently introduced the PLW-200X four drum turret pilot line winder. The all new PLW-200X offers customers an ergonomic operator’s station, 360-degree turret rotation, braking system with electric over hydraulic activation and a galvanized finish option. The design team at Sherman + Reilly turned customer feedback into action with the added safety and efficiency in the new PLW-200X. 

The Sherman + Reilly PLW-200X features an optimized operator’s station with a new ergonomic layout. Equipped with real-time self-diagnostics and CANbus technology, the operator can access all major controls from the seated operator station. The four-drum turret is capable of rotating 360 degrees for optimal structure approach to drive efficiency on the job site. The braking system, with electric over hydraulic activation, allows for controlled articulation of braking pressure distributed to each of the pilot line drums. The PLW-200X also offers a new galvanized finish for a more durable and weather-resistant finish, the first of its kind for Sherman + Reilly equipment. The equipment also features newly positioned tie-off points to allow for quicker line/phase changeover and securing of drum-specific pilot lines.

All Sherman + Reilly equipment is backed by a one-year warranty and a dedicated Sherman + Reilly service team. www.sherman-reilly.com

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DICA’s ProStack Cribbing Line Expands

DICA’s new ProStack Cribbing products have been expanded to include smaller Medium Duty interlocking blocks and pad sizes. The reduced size is specifically designed for aerial bucket trucks and digger derricks where additional cribbing height is needed to support and stabilize the equipment in unlevel environments.

Like the original Heavy Duty ProStack Cribbing, the smaller Medium Duty size has an engineered interlocking design that safely provides additional height under outrigger floats for increased cribbing height.

Both Medium and Heavy Duty ProStack Cribbing setups are made up of three basic parts: a base SafetyTech Outrigger Pad, ProStack Interlocking Cribbing Blocks and a ProStack, high-friction top Grip Pad. The base SafetyTech Outrigger Pad is manufactured with an interlocking pyramid surface. Operators then stack layers of ProStack Cribbing Blocks to the desired height. Lastly, a ProStack Grip Pad is placed on top of the stack to provide a high-friction surface for the outrigger foot, and to protect the pyramid surface on the cribbing blocks.

The new Medium Duty ProStack Cribbing is 6” thick 12”x12” – that’s half the size and weight of the Heavy Duty 6” thick 12”x24” cribbing blocks. The Medium Duty blocks weigh just 27 pounds each and are intended to be used with 24” SafetyTech Outrigger Pads. www.dicausa.com

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XL Hybrids Introduces Hybrid Electric Upfit for Ford F-250 Pickups

XL Hybrids Inc. has announced that the company will begin production on the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System for Model Year 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 pickups in the first quarter of 2018.

XL Hybrids has adapted its XL3 technology for Ford F-250 trucks based on demand from fleet customers who are seeking even better fuel efficiency from Ford’s popular three-quarter-ton work trucks. This will be the first time that Ford F-250 trucks can be ordered by fleet customers with hybrid-electric drive technology. Now fleets can enjoy up to a 25 percent increase in miles per gallon – and accompanying reductions in CO2 emissions – on trucks used for rugged towing, hauling capacity and utility applications.

The XL3 system will be the first offered as a ship-thru upfit on Model Year 2018 F-250 pickups. XL3 will be upfit on the Ford Super Duty 6.2-liter V-8 gasoline engine compatible with a range of wheelbases, cab and bed configurations in both 4×2 and 4×4 options. As with each XL3 installation, all components are installed under the vehicle, allowing the pickup bed’s full capacity. www.xlhybrids.com

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MAHLE ShopPRO Jacks and Lifting Equipment

To supplement its offering of A/C, fluid, diagnostics and nitrogen service equipment, MAHLE Service Solutions has partnered with Gray Manufacturing to offer ShopPRO, a full line of the highest-quality hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for the commercial vehicle market.

The ShopPRO product line includes 12 product categories: air lifts, axle jacks, component lifts, engine stands, fluid handling, forklift jacks, service jacks, shop cranes, shop presses, support stands, vehicle lifts and wheel service equipment.

Gray Manufacturing has been designing, manufacturing and selling lifting equipment since 1952. Each product is built to meet or exceed the ASME PASE 2014 standard. After manufacturing, each part is put through complete testing for rated load and range of motion, providing the customer with assurance that each jack or lifting device meets the standards of excellence. www.servicesolutions.mahle.com

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Allison Transmission xFE Models

Allison Transmission has announced availability of its latest fuel economy technology for its 1000 Series and 2000 Series. Referred to as xFE, designating extra fuel economy, the fully automatic bus and truck transmissions have demonstrated improvements up to 7 percent when compared to baseline models.

The 1000 Series and 2000 Series xFE transmissions have the same space claim and ratings as current models, but incorporate a redesigned torque converter damper coupled with the FuelSense 2.0 Max package. The damper enables first range lockup, delivering significantly more lockup operation and operating at lower engine speeds in higher ranges to further improve fuel economy. All xFE transmissions are compatible with alternative fuel engines.

First announced in 2015, xFE transmissions were exclusively available in the 3000 Series for bus applications. The new models represent the first expansion of the xFE portfolio and come standard with FuelSense 2.0.

Announced in March, FuelSense 2.0 with DynActive Shifting delivers additional fuel savings beyond original FuelSense software. Through a set of proprietary software enhancements, the new FuelSense 2.0 uses DynActive Shifting to provide an infinitely variable combination of shift points and uses a learning algorithm to continuously find the ideal balance of fuel economy and performance. Available in three packages, FuelSense 2.0 allows fleets to optimize fuel economy and performance to their specific needs. www.allisontransmission.com

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MDI Compact Sign System

Collapse to tow. Wrap to stow. Offering quick and easy deployment, the patented MDI Compact Collapse & Wrap Sign System consists of an MDI Compact sign and a WindMaster sign stand (each sold separately). Once the sign is mounted to the stand, it becomes one unit; if desired, the sign can stay in place in the stand. In addition to the renowned WindMaster technology, the sign’s flexible cross-brace enhances wind performance. To store, the sign quickly collapses using the single-trigger release button and wraps around the upright on the stand. The sign and sign stand set up in under 20 seconds. Rapid deployment significantly improves safety and efficiency in the work zone. www.mditrafficcontrol.com

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A Recovering Fleet Manager’s Guide to ICUEE

In just a few weeks, thousands of field operators and fleet managers will visit the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (www.icuee.com) in Louisville, Ky., with one thing on their minds: finding cost-effective equipment solutions that will make their crews more productive and enhance their emphasis on safe operation. Held every other year, ICUEE – The Demo Expo is perhaps the biggest equipment show for the electric utility industry.

After 30 years of working for an investor-owned utility, I’ve sat through my share of meetings with executives seeking to identify business plans and core values. But never did those efforts adequately convey the central concern of most fleet managers as this prayer a veteran mechanic once said before a monthly safety meeting: “Lord, don’t let us miss something that could cause someone to get hurt.”

Those simple words capture better than any corporate mission statement the true desire of fleet managers. Properly trained personnel and properly maintained equipment contribute to safe and productive work performance. Every person in an operation’s chain plays a critical role in achieving that goal. From stocking the right equipment, to thorough inspections and maintenance, to selecting the right equipment for your fleet, each is equally important.

ICUEE is an equipment show. More than 900 exhibitors will be there. When I’ve attended ICUEE in the past, my focus was becoming familiar with the latest technology and building relationships with peers, service providers and manufacturers. There’s much to compare. Often, I discovered that the lowest-cost option was not always the best option.

Terex Utilities (www.terex.com/utilities) will display at least 24 pieces of equipment, including aerial devices, digger derricks, auger drills and cranes. The Optima Series of aerial devices – the newest Terex product to be introduced at ICUEE – takes into account how productivity is impacted by each person in the operations chain. Lower ground access, for example, makes it easier for operators to enter and exit the bucket, allows one to easily hand off tools and supports ease of personnel rescue and platform debris cleanout. A simplified maintenance access and hose system makes it easier to keep equipment in top working order. For example, the new pedestal design provides convenient access to torque lower rotation bearing bolts.

Sharing knowledge with peers at ICUEE is just as important as seeing new equipment. Joe Suarez, director of fleets for Florida Power & Light, will present a case study with Dan Brenden, Terex Utilities’ director of engineering, on how our companies worked together to develop the Terex Load Alert system. This automatic load-sensing device supports safe work practices in aerial devices and has the potential to change the industry. We’ll also be introducing some new fleet management upgrades in the Terex Load Alert system. If you are attending the Utility Fleet Conference (www.utilityfleetconference.com) co-located at ICUEE, be sure to check out Joe and Dan’s session on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Finally, as ICUEE is The Demo Expo, Terex’s booth will provide visitors opportunities to see live demonstrations of our latest innovations and “Ask-A-Tech” any of your burning maintenance or service questions.

Desire for top-notch safety protocol remains a constant, but our industry is changing. As customers produce their own solar- and wind-powered electricity, utilities are realizing a devaluation of their revenue stream. Reimagining how the grid functions in the 21st century is the theme of the book “The Grid” by Gretchen Bakke. Engaging in this dialogue is critical for the health and well-being of the electric utility industry. We hope you’ll join Terex and AEM for the “Diversity In The Grid” luncheon with Ms. Bakke on October 4 to learn more about this important issue. Register online at www.icuee.com.

Fleet professionals never stop looking for reliable, cost-effective solutions that can aid their safe work practices. Your challenge is our challenge. Terex Utilities is listening.

About the Author: Ted Barron is vertical market product manager for Terex Utilities (www.terex.com/utilities). He joined the company in 2017 after a 30-year career with Alabama Power and Southern Co., where he managed fleet engineering and technical support, including designing equipment specs and overseeing maintenance. At Terex Utilities, Barron assists with new product development and application of technology for investor-owned utilities as well as public power, rental, contractor, tree care and international markets.

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Andax Spill Station

The portable Spill Station can be hung on a wall in any location where spills happen, including repair shops, substations and warehouses. Work from where it hangs or carry it to the spill. Available with Oil-Selective or Chemical/Hazmat sorbent, the Spill Station can be customized with items you need most, such as safety goggles, rubber gloves, additional sorbent pads, Tuff Wipes, Epoxy Putty, mini booms, disposal bags and even a non-sparking, square-point shovel. Contents will clean or contain up to a 12-gallon spill. To order, visit www.andax.com or call 800-999-1358. www.andax.com

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Driving Dynamics Offers Open Enrollment

Driving Dynamics Inc., a provider of advanced performance driver safety training for fleet-based organizations throughout North America, is now offering its Level II instructor-led, simulator-based training across the U.S. in a multiemployer open enrollment format.

Level II training, an immersive three-hour blended course featuring Driving Dynamics’ exclusive DrivActiv mobile simulators, complements and builds on the techniques learned in advanced performance behind-the-wheel safety classes. And now, delivered through the company’s unique open enrollment program, fleet operators of all sizes have the option to send one driver or many to training events being held across the country. For businesses that require on-site, employer-dedicated training, the company will continue to offer this format as well.

For details about locations, tuition and registration, request the 2017 Level II Open Enrollment schedule by calling 877-607-7220, extension 106, or emailing [email protected]. www.drivingdynamics.com

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Prestolite Isolated Ground Technology

Prestolite Electric recently pioneered the use of isolated ground technology – which protects engines from potentially severe electrolytic damage caused by stray voltage – in its line of IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme alternators. 

The technology, which helps to prevent overall associated component failure and vehicle downtime, includes a dedicated cable that directs the electric current from the battery to the alternator, as well as a second dedicated electrical cable that directs the electric current from the alternator back to the battery.

More common alternator designs allow the case of the alternator to be part of the electrical circuit. When an alternator is anchored to the engine, electric current can then travel through or along the engine, increasing the opportunity for engine electrolysis or electronic noise interfering with other electronic equipment in the engine or vehicle. In today’s modern engines, the added electronic noise can trip ghost error codes, necessitating a service incident and diagnostic troubleshooting. www.prestolite.com

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SolarEdge Electric Vehicle Charger

SolarEdge Technologies Inc., a global leader in PV inverters, power optimizers and module-level monitoring services, is unveiling the world’s first inverter-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charger. By supplementing grid power with PV power, SolarEdge’s Level 2 EV charger offers charging up to six times faster than a standard Level 1 charger with its innovative solar boost mode. 

SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverter, once integrated with an EV charger, will not only provide the existing management and monitoring of solar production, but also will enable EV charging from a single inverter and dashboard. The combined solution will offer considerable cost savings on both hardware and labor by eliminating the need for an additional conduit, wiring and breaker installation. The solution also will eliminate the need for an additional dedicated circuit breaker, which saves space and a potential main distribution panel upgrade.

With a 12-year warranty, the inverter-integrated EV charger offers potential future operating modes, such as demand-response and charging at off-peak hours to optimize time-of-use rates. The inverter-integrated EV charger is expected to be available in the last quarter of 2017. www.solaredge.us

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DICA ProStack Cribbing

Utility crews are often faced with setting outrigger-enabled equipment on sloped or uneven ground. ProStack Cribbing from DICA has been developed with an interlocking design that safely provides additional height under outrigger floats when setting up in uneven ground conditions.

ProStack Cribbing has three basic parts: a base outrigger pad, interlocking cribbing blocks and a high-friction top grip pad. The base ProStack Outrigger Pad is manufactured with a pyramid-shaped surface that interlocks with the cribbing blocks. On top of the base pad, operators stack layers of two 6-inch-by-12-inch-by-24-inch cribbing blocks with the pyramid-shape surface that lock into the base pad. Lastly, a ProStack Grip Pad is placed on top of the stack to protect the pyramid surface on the cribbing blocks and provide a high-friction surface for the outrigger foot.

ProStack is available in three cribbing kit options that include a DR36-2, DR42-2 or DR48-2 base outrigger pad, along with four cribbing blocks and one grip pad. ProStack individual parts also are available for purchase, including Cribbing Wedges, which can be used on sloped surfaces to establish a level foundation under the ProStack Outrigger Pad. http://dicausa.com/products/prostack-plastic-cribbing-blocks/

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HUBB Fleet Savings Calculator

HUBB Filters has created a new educational tool to help fleet managers compare their oil change costs and the potential savings they can achieve by switching to the HUBB filter program.

Designed for ease of use, HUBB’s Fleet Savings Calculator is located at www.hubbfilters.com/fleet_calculator and can be completed in less than a minute. Fleet managers simply plug in how many Class 1-4 or 5-6 vehicles they have in their fleet, along with the number of PMs scheduled per year, per vehicle. An instant cost savings analysis of what HUBB could save a fleet over a four-year period is presented.

Fleet field results collected by HUBB, along with independent oil analysis, demonstrate that HUBB can save a typical 2,000-vehicle fleet $500,000 over a four-year period.

HUBB has an 8-inch spin-on oil filter for Class 2-6 light- and medium-duty diesel engines, and a 3-inch filter for passenger cars or light-duty trucks that use a spin-on filter. www.hubbfilters.com/fleet_calculator

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Sherman+Reilly PT-3000 Puller/Tensioner

Sherman+Reilly, a Textron Inc. company, has launched the new PT-3000, a single-drum, multipurpose distribution puller/tensioner capable of pulling up to 3,000 pounds overhead and up to 7,500 pounds underground.

Addressing overhead and underground applications, the unit offers a suite of accessories that make the PT-3000 a true workhorse. The frame is outfitted with a curbside motor mount for pilot line winding that utilizes Sherman+Reilly’s Spider System, an integrated set of special equipment, reels, rope and accessories for fast and easy installation of pulling lines with distribution class conductors.

Sherman+Reilly has added an optional hydraulically actuated Pad Mount Transformer Attachment in the underground package to address tough approach angles and allow for optimized setup for underground pulling applications. www.sherman-reilly.com

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DewEze Releases Battery-Powered Electric System

Reduce, reuse and recharge with the battery-powered electric (BEH) driven system by DewEze Hydraulics. Known for its innovative roots, DewEze continues that tradition with the release of this BEH package for medium-duty truck applications.

The steel-constructed cabinet houses a 12-volt motor, two 100/110-amp class batteries and a charge monitoring system to power hydraulic needs. This green technology offers a turnkey solution for no-idling regulations that improves noise reduction, decreases operator fatigue and reduces costs for utility fleet trucks.

The BEH power house is available in two packages: Lithium Ion at 200 amp hours and AGM at 220 amp hours. The DewEze-designed package – 24 by 16.5 by 11.5 inches – conveniently fits into any tail shelf frame rails. www.deweze.com

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BrandFX Launches UltimateFX and UtilityFX

BrandFX, a leader in lightweight composite work truck bodies, launched the all-new UltimateFX and UtilityFX at the NTEA Work Truck Show 2017. The UltimateFX is the industry’s first all-composite body and understructure for the work truck market. The UtilityFX is the all-composite body for cutaway work van applications.

A crash test video was screened at the event, revealing no permanent deformation or structural damage to the UltimateFX body/understructure after a simulation of a frontal crash in excess of 30 mph.

Like other advanced composite bodies from BrandFX, the UtilityFX was built to withstand up to 20 years of continual use. The engineered space in the UtilityFX allows for an increase in mobile operation efficiency by providing optimal access to all storage areas and organizational compartments.

Both products use advanced composite construction that is lighter than aluminum, designed to withstand the same rigors and working conditions of a steel body, and ultimately corrosion and oxidation free. The UltimateFX and UtilityFX are the first of their kind on the market. www.brandfxbody.com

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Fleet-Ready Truck Solution from XL Hybrids

Utility fleets have been seeking a reliable, fleet-ready plug-in hybrid electric pickup truck for years. XL Hybrids Inc. will begin production of its new XLP plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) upfit solution in the fourth quarter of 2017. XLP, rolling out on the Ford F-150, will be an industry-first, Fleet-Ready solution offered as a ship-thru upfit on half-ton pickup trucks. The system will provide a 50 percent improvement in miles driven per gallon for major fleets across the U.S., as well as significant reductions in CO2 emissions.

Benefits for utility fleets include a PHEV pickup truck with immediate applications across a wide range of drive cycles; based on proven technology with 40 million road miles; plug-in technology to meet EEI mandates for investment in fleet electrification; by adopting PHEV pickups, utility fleets set an example for rate-paying constituencies, encouraging them to use the increasing number of public, utility-installed vehicle charging stations; allows utility fleets to use the increasing amount of charging infrastructure being installed; and increases sustainability by offsetting fossil fuel use to reduce CO2 and NOx emissions.

NV Energy and DTE Energy are among the newest utility and municipal fleets who say they intend to purchase XL Hybrids’ XLP PHEV system. They join previously announced fleets San Diego Gas & Electric Co., Liberty Utilities and Hawaiian Electric Co. www.xlhybrids.com

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PRINOTH PANTHER T22 Now Available with Altec Cranes

Altec Industries recently announced that two of their biggest cranes – the AC40-152S and AC45-127S – are now available mounted on the PRINOTH PANTHER T22. This provides customers access to hard-to-reach areas and employ the unit in the aerial mode of operation with 222 feet of working height and 1,200 pounds of platform capacity.

PRINOTH and Altec worked closely together on developing the unit to ensure both systems, the carrier and the unit, would have best-in-class safety, reliability and off-road performance. The quick-attach platform can be used on the main boom, the 49-foot telescopic jib or the 6-foot composite reach extension. The unit was designed to optimize deck space and allow easy access to the cab from anywhere in rotation. The workhorse AC45 is also available on the T22. More specifications can be obtained by contacting Altec directly.

The PANTHER T22 is Tier 4 Final, offers 46,000 pounds of payload and is undoubtedly one of the largest tracked carriers on the market. Equipped with the innovative Rapid Attach Design chassis, a PRINOTH exclusivity first designed specifically for the power utility industry, this vehicle can receive large cranes or other sizable implements. With a ground pressure of only 4.39 psi at the maximum GVWR, the unit will easily travel through mud or other soft soils to allow power utility companies to reach even the hardest terrains. www.prinoth.com, www.altec.com

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Havis Mobile Solutions

Havis Inc. has announced the launch of vehicle-specific and universal mobile office mounting solutions for a wide range of 2017 vehicles. Havis consoles, equipment mounting and computer device docking solutions are specifically designed with vehicles and mobile professionals in mind to create a comfortable mobile office built to the highest safety standards.

Havis’ broad portfolio of rugged products provides secure mounting solutions for 2017 vehicles across a variety of markets, including utility and energy services, public safety and material handling. Mounting solutions are available for Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Freightliner, GMC, International, Isuzu, Jeep, Honda, Nissan and more. Havis works directly with OEM partners to develop vehicle-specific equipment mounting and computing solutions that maximize productivity in mobile offices.

Havis equipment mounting solutions are tested to the industry’s highest safety standards, including vibration and environmental testing to ensure quality performance in the most rugged conditions. www.havis.com

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Bigfoot Internal and Plastic Handles

Bigfoot Outrigger Pads is now offering their new Internal Handles, which are machined out of solid plastic. The company also is offering their all-new Plastic Handles that never get sopping wet. Founded in 1995 and incorporated in 1996, Bigfoot has grown from building wood outrigger pads for a few local concrete pumping and crane companies to being a leading wood and plastic outrigger pad manufacturer for OEMs, machine dealers and end users throughout the U.S. and Canada. www.outriggerpads.com

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What’s New in Truck Bodies for Utility Fleets

Some of the industry’s leading truck body manufacturers are developing new products that equip your crews to get more work done, with less strain and greater safety. They’re incorporating more advanced lightweight materials in their product designs so you can reduce fuel costs or increase a truck’s legal payload without bumping up to a larger vehicle. And they’re offering more electrified options so you can cut engine idle – and your fleet’s carbon footprint.

Who are these body companies and what are some of the products and design enhancements they’ve recently brought to market to help you achieve your business objectives? Here are five new developments to watch.

Terex
What’s New: HyPower IM
Website: www.terex.com/utilities/

Introduced last fall, the HyPower IM is a plug-in electric power takeoff (ePTO) efficiency system that manages the chassis engine for the greater horsepower required to operate the boom. It does this by automatically switching from plug-in battery-stored power when the truck is idling to engine-supplied power when hydraulic controls are engaged.

“Throughout an eight-hour workday, on a typical trouble truck, the aerial’s hydraulic controls are engaged about one hour total run time. By allowing the hydraulic system to switch to engine power during those brief intervals, HyPower IM is still able to provide emissions efficiencies plus optimum hydraulic control function,” said Tyler Henderson, product development manager with Terex. “The transition is seamless. Operators will experience no lag time in hydraulic responsiveness.”

HyPower IM also enables the truck cab to be heated or cooled without running the engine, using the truck’s heating and cooling vents. A 4-kWh package is required for the cab comfort feature, while a 1-kWh package is sufficient for most trouble truck applications.

HyPower IM is currently available for Class 5 chassis, such as Ford, Dodge and GM trucks, used with Terex Hi-Ranger telescopic aerial devices, including the LT, LTM and TL series aerial devices.

Dejana
What’s New: Utility Maintenance Truck
Website: www.dejana.com

Last year, Dejana introduced a new Utility Maintenance Truck designed for conventional cutaway van and medium-duty truck chassis-cabs as an alternative to traditional step vans, like the “bread trucks” that are built on stripped chassis.

The company says that the Utility Maintenance Truck offers low rear-entry step-in height that’s on par with most step vans, while providing more interior work and walk space. The company also says that a conventional chassis-cab for the Utility Maintenance Truck offers a quieter ride – with less rattling and noise from the cargo area – than a stripped chassis used for traditional step vans.

Dejana’s spec includes custom interior shelving, drawers and workstations; curbside front generator compartment with exterior access; a Cummins-Onan 5000-watt gas generator; drop-down rear step bumper; Rosco rearview camera system; Coleman 13500-BTU air-conditioning and heating unit for the rear work area; complete workbench on the street-side interior with aluminum drawers and cabinets; and a workbench with electric outlets and 12-volt charging stations.

BrandFX
What’s New: UltimateFX Composite Understructure for Service Bodies
Website: http://brandfxbody.com

BrandFX’s lightweight composite service bodies just got lighter, helping utility fleets increase payload capacity, improve fuel economy and reduce vehicle wear and tear.

How? In January, BrandFX announced the development of a new all-composite service truck body understructure: the UltimateFX. Traditionally, the understructure – which serves as the skeleton for the service body – has been built of conventional steel to ensure strength and durability. But with UltimateFX, utility fleets can reduce the weight of their trucks without sacrificing strength. That’s because, according to the company, the new composite understructure is lighter than aluminum and as strong as steel.

The UltimateFX understructure is designed for BrandFX’s Everlast service bodies, which are available for 40-inch, 60-inch and 84-inch cab-to-axle chassis, in either single or dual rear-wheel truck configurations.

Altec
What’s New: Fiberglass Mobile Service Crane Truck
Website: www.altec.com

In February, Altec introduced its new fiberglass mobile service crane truck for companies looking to perform their own service work. Modeled after the existing mobile service truck used by Altec Service Group, the truck features an integrated steel crane support structure, master body locking system, boom support and fiberglass shelving. The company says that the fiberglass truck body is strong and lightweight because it’s designed with Altec’s patented, integrated core material.

Options on the mobile service crane truck include electric-over-hydraulic controls, aluminum sliding bed cover, a mechanic’s work platform and drawer kits.

Utilimaster
What’s New: Walk-In Van with Hybrid-Electric Auxiliary Power for Underground Utility Maintenance
Website: www.spartanmotors.com/fleet-vehicles/

Last summer, Utilimaster introduced its new walk-in van, featuring hybrid-electric auxiliary power, designed for underground utility maintenance. The vehicle incorporates two key pieces of technology designed to make utility worksites greener, quieter and more comfortable for workers. The Odyne plug-in hybrid battery technology feeds auxiliary power to utility maintenance equipment, while an onboard air exchange system provides workers in underground vaults with cooled or heated fresh air from the vehicle.

The company says that the Odyne system enables utility maintenance personnel to operate tools and other equipment with batteries that provide up to 28 continuous kilowatt hours of power, without the need for a separate diesel generator. The hybrid battery-powered system also eliminates the need for frequent engine restarts to charge batteries, resulting in a quieter worksite and extended work hours.

“This plug-in hybrid system fits right into the green initiatives that have become standard practice at many utility companies,” John Forbes, president of Utilimaster, said in a statement. “Compared to diesel-/gas-powered generators, powering equipment with an electric system reduces greenhouse gases by 50 percent or more. Fuel and maintenance cost savings are significant, too – up to $10,000 per year.”

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Terex HyPower IM

Terex Utilities now offers customers another option to meet their green fleet needs with the new HyPower IM, the latest innovation in the HyPower hybrid solutions offering.

HyPower IM is an idle mitigation and cab comfort solution. It provides benefits similar to those of the HyPower Hybrid System, including reduced fuel usage and reduced exhaust emissions, but at a lower price point. The system automatically switches from plug-in battery-stored power when the truck is idling to engine-supplied power when hydraulic controls are engaged.

In addition, HyPower IM enables the truck cab to be heated or cooled without the engine running, utilizing the truck’s heating and cooling vents.

HyPower IM is currently available for Class 5 chassis – such as Ford, Dodge and GM trucks – used with Terex Hi-Ranger telescopic aerial devices, such as the LT, LTM and TL series aerial devices. http://info.terex.com/hypoweriminfo

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Milwaukee Tool and Equipment Tracker

Milwaukee Tool has introduced the TICK, a professional-grade Bluetooth tool and equipment tracker. Designed to withstand the harshest job site environments, the TICK can be easily attached and hidden from sight on any product, regardless of brand, providing users an invaluable way to track anything in their inventory through the ONE-KEY app.

With its low-profile design, the TICK can securely attach to anything through glue, screw, rivet or strap. Its flat back enables a snug fit to a variety of surface types, and its circular shape fits into a range of places hidden from view (e.g., the underside of a ladder or miter saw stand). Each TICK also is laser engraved with a serial number so users can easily identify and assign multiple TICKs. Once attached and hidden from view, the TICK makes tracking tools and equipment as simple as pulling out your phone.

Products with a TICK attached are paired via the ONE-KEY app. Tool records and locations are updated when any device with the ONE-KEY app comes within 100 feet of the TICK. These location updates are transmitted through any ONE-KEY app that’s in range, regardless of whether the app is open or not, allowing users to pinpoint missing tools more quickly. In addition, users can easily manage all of their tools through the app’s Simplified Tool and Equipment Management features. These features allow users to assign and store detailed information for all of their tools and equipment, whether it’s a tool equipped with a TICK, a ONE-KEY enabled tool or any other tool or piece of equipment. www.milwaukeetool.com

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ALL Expands Fleet and Customer Choice

The ALL Family of Companies recently announced the acquisition of an equipment package consisting of large-capacity crawlers and aerial lift equipment, including boom lifts and telescopic forklifts. The two separate deals with leading-brand manufacturers Manitowoc and JLG will include 30 new machines.

The Manitowoc purchase includes two 275-USt Manitowoc 999 crawler cranes, which are a combination of capacity, reliability and versatility. Also joining the crawler fleet is a new 220-USt Manitowoc 14000. With its long reach – up to 462 feet with the luffing jib attached – this is an extremely versatile crane.

ALL Aerials, the company’s nationwide aerial equipment division, continues to experience strong demand for their varied inventory of equipment. The company’s new JLG package includes 17 telescopic boom lifts, with horizontal outreach ranging from 33 to 80 feet, as well as 10 JLG telescopic forklifts (telehandlers). These range from the JLG 642, with a maximum capacity of 6,600 pounds, to the heavy-duty JLG G15-44A, the largest of JLG’s telehandlers, with a maximum capacity of 15,000 pounds. Telehandlers and boom lifts are maneuverable, efficient machines that offer real advantages on crowded job sites. Their power, versatility and ability to work at awkward angles can directly and positively affect productivity. www.allcrane.com

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Ditch Witch Tier 4 Drill Upgrades

To provide horizontal directional drilling operators with the power and performance to conquer any job, Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced Tier 4 emission standard upgrades to the JT60 and JT60 All Terrain directional drills.

With new Tier 4 engine upgrades, these drills offer contractors 60,000 pounds of thrust and 9,000 foot-pounds of rotational torque – the right combination for superior productivity on large installations in rural or urban environments. Drilling with 200-gross-hp Tier 4 Cummins engines, the JT60 and JT60 All Terrain deliver the power to bore through the most challenging underground obstacles, including rock and other hard, fractured soils.

The two-pipe drilling system featured on the JT60 All Terrain drill delivers more raw power to the drill bit than any other rock-drilling system in its class. The combination of simultaneous drilling and steering through rock allows horizontal directional drilling contractors to get jobs done faster and more efficiently.

Both drill models feature an automated, easy-to-use pipeloading system, designed to save contractors time and money, as well as an optional new wireline platform. Heavy-duty anchor systems provide the stability necessary during drilling and backreaming to use the machines’ full thrust capabilities when navigating challenging underground conditions, keeping the drill operating efficiently and the bore path stable. With the smallest footprint in its class, the machines drill through the toughest conditions even in hard-to-reach, tight job sites. www.ditchwitch.com

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Mohawk Lift Accessory

Mohawk Lifts has announced a new lift accessory for 10,000-pound through 30,000-pound two-post lifts. The swing arm head guard prevents technicians from hurting or cutting their heads on hard, steel swing arms while they are working under a vehicle. Easily applied to the lift’s swing arm with a peel-and-stick application, the head guard decreases workplace injuries and increases worker safety. www.mohawklifts.com

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Sherman + Reilly PTV-6013

Sherman + Reilly, a Textron Inc. company, has a new PTV-6013 that operates equally well as a puller, tensioner and V-groove reconductorer, providing utilities and contractors performing a wide variety of jobs with versatility on the job site.

The new PTV-6013 unit can pull out old conductor, wind on a scrap reel, unload with the 18,000-pound self-loading reel carrier and tension out new conductor all with one machine. The V-groove reconductoring channel permits easy handling of splicing sleeves, all in a wide range of conductor or rope diameters.

This unit addresses the market need for expanded pulling and tensioning capacities by offering 13,000 pounds of pulling capacity for transmission, subtransmission and distribution applications with tensioning capabilities of up to 8,000 pounds. The PTV-6013 simplifies the job site by reducing setup time for loading and splicing of cable reels, all within a compact 26-foot footprint. By combining puller/tensioner capabilities with an 18,000-pound self-loading reel carrier, the PTV-6013 eliminates the need for additional equipment on the job site.

The PTV-6013 features a Safe-Zone cab providing ultimate safety and comfort for the operator. The Safe-Zone cab employs a floor-to-ceiling polycarbonate front window for maximum visibility while providing protection against impact. The cab includes climate control, a fully adjustable ergonomic seat and all required electronic controls and gauges. The Safe-Zone cab is designed to reduce operator fatigue, and provide an off-ground envelope for greatly reducing the risk of touch potential in energized environments. www.sherman-reilly.com

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Gabriel FleetLine Ride Control Products

Gabriel (Ride Control LLC) has introduced new FleetLine ride control products for a wide range of heavy-duty vehicle makes and models, including Western Star, Kenworth, Thomas School Bus, Mack and more. In total, Gabriel is announcing 15 new product introductions, including some that are first to market.

FleetLine shocks are designed as a direct replacement for commercial OE shocks, and are built to meet or exceed OE specifications and quality standards. They feature valving rates that compensate for initial truck suspension softening to deliver top performance, as well as a preloaded piston ring that compensates for wear.

The recently updated FleetLine product line now features an improved anti-corrosion coating and a drastically improved misting reduction seal, thereby reducing maintenance downtime and extending service life. With Gabriel’s improved misting reduction seal technology, oil loss will be reduced by 70 percent over time, leading to longer life as compared to competing technologies. www.gabriel.com

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TRP Lubricant Program

Available in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, TRP Engine Oil, TRP Synthetic Transmission Oil and TRP Synthetic Gear Oil are the newest additions to the TRP global catalog of over 110,000 parts.

Formulated to guard against wear and corrosion in demanding applications, the products in the TRP Lubricant Program protect axle components, transmissions and engines for longer life and smoother operation across a wide range of operating conditions.

Perfect for a mixed fleet, TRP Engine Oil (SAE 15W-40 and SAE 10W-30) protects today’s four-stroke diesel and gasoline engines, and keeps older engine models running smoothly as well. Made to combat the sludge, varnish and ash deposits that can occur at high operating temperatures, TRP Engine Oil protects against oxidation, corrosion and rust. It also provides diesel particulate filter protection.

For all-climate, year-round protection of heavy-duty manual transmissions, TRP Synthetic Transmission Oil (SAE 50 Synthetic) offers exceptional performance. Recommended for a broad range of heavy-duty truck transmissions including Eaton and Meritor, TRP Synthetic Transmission Oil has a high viscosity index and low pour point for easy shifting in low temperatures. Its formulation protects against gear wear and copper corrosion, while providing thermal and oxidation stability.

TRP Synthetic Gear Oil (SAE 75W-90 Synthetic) is recommended as a rear axle and differential oil in over-the-road and off-road vehicles and is as crucial to the reliability of a heavy-duty vehicle as its engine or transmission lubricant. TRP Synthetic Gear Oil is a multigrade gear lubricant designed for the extreme pressure of heavy-duty applications. TRP Synthetic Gear Oil reduces operating temperatures when compared to conventional gear lubricants. www.trpparts.com

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Roadmaster RM234

The RM234 from Roadmaster is a SmartWay-verified premium regional all-position tire for high-scrub applications. The tread compound provides excellent treadwear and increased resistance to cutting and chipping. The curb bars on the sidewalls help to protect the tires from curbing damage, and preserve the casing for retreading. The tire design and compound provide low tire rolling resistance and contribute to fuel efficiency, to help keep you on the road longer. www.roadmastertires.com

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PRINOTH PANTHER Rotating Dumper

PRINOTH has launched the PANTHER T14R Rotating Dumper, which will allow the continuous rotation of the upper portion of the vehicle independent from the undercarriage. With its 13,200-kilogram (29,100-pound) payload capacity, this carrier will have the largest payload of any vehicle of this type in its category. The rotating separation of this vehicle will allow working in tight, sensitive areas where other vehicles do not have access. Featuring the same large wheels/tandem suspension undercarriage design – unique to PANTHER vehicles – the T14R stands out by offering increased off-road capability and stable transport of material over rough terrain.

The PANTHER T14R also differentiates itself from the competition with its superior speed of 13 km/h (8.1 mph) and its narrower width of less than 102 inches, which complies with North American standard transportation regulations.

A new feature called a direction reset has been added to this vehicle. Once the vehicle has turned 180 degrees, the upper portion rotates against the lower portion of the vehicle. By simply pushing a button, the operator will be able to reset the vehicle’s upper and lower portions’ alignment. www.prinoth.com

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Intellitec Battery Guard 2000

The Battery Guard 2000 from Intellitec Products is a low-voltage disconnect system designed for commercial trucks and special vehicles, as well as for performing low-voltage disconnect functions. Battery Guard 2000 also allows the vehicle operator to manually disconnect the battery if so desired.

Key features include guaranteed starting power; manual battery disconnect; extends battery life; ignition protected; system test on start; fully waterproof ECU; uses Delphi Packard IP67 waterproof connectors; supplied as a complete kit ready to install; uses the rugged and reliable Intellitec range of battery disconnects; return on investment in one operation; and made in the USA. www.intellitec.com

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Terex HyPower IM

Terex Utilities now offers customers another option to meet their green fleet needs with the new HyPower IM, the latest innovation in the HyPower hybrid solutions offering.

HyPower IM is an idle mitigation and cab comfort solution. It provides benefits similar to those of the HyPower Hybrid System, including reduced fuel usage and reduced exhaust emissions, but at a lower price point. The system automatically switches from plug-in battery-stored power when the truck is idling to engine-supplied power when hydraulic controls are engaged.

In addition, HyPower IM enables the truck cab to be heated or cooled without the engine running, utilizing the truck’s heating and cooling vents. A 4-kWh package is required for the cab comfort feature; otherwise, a 1-kWh package will suffice for typical trouble truck applications.

HyPower IM is currently available for Class 5 chassis – such as Ford, Dodge and GM trucks – used with Terex Hi-Ranger telescopic aerial devices, such as the LT, LTM and TL series aerial devices. http://info.terex.com/hypoweriminfo

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Takeuchi Hydraulic Excavator

Takeuchi-US has launched the TB2150 hydraulic excavator. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the TB2150 replaces the Takeuchi TB1140 SERIES 2 excavator. The new model is the largest, most capable excavator in the Takeuchi lineup.

At 34,480 pounds, the machine delivers greater functionality, performance, comfort and serviceability than the previous TB1140 SERIES 2 model.

The TB2150 offers a maximum digging depth of 18 feet; maximum dump height of 20 feet, 4.9 inches; maximum reach of 28 feet, 8.9 inches; and maximum bucket breakout force of 22,190 pounds.

Powered by a Deutz TCD 3.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine that is U.S. EPA Final Tier 4 emission compliant, the TB2150 produces 114 horsepower, a 10 percent increase over the previous version. It also delivers 339 foot-pounds of torque, a 19 percent increase. The engine utilizes a DOC+SCR diesel exhaust after-treatment system that requires the use of diesel exhaust fluid.

Serviceability and uptime have been improved by simplifying access to key maintenance. This includes a nearly 5 percent increase in fuel tank capacity, and the engine does not have a diesel particulate filter to maintain. In addition, the machine comes standard with Takeuchi’s new telematics system, Takeuchi Fleet Management. www.takeuchi-us.com

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LineWise Insulated Work Platform

The LineWise IWP-765kV Insulated Work Platform is designed to enhance worker productivity and increase job functions performed with hydraulic telescoping cranes and digger derricks. The platform permits bare-hand work and de-energized line construction, and reduces lineworker fatigue by eliminating the need to climb towers.

Featuring a tried-and-proven design, the IWP-765kV provides electrical insulation to personnel working on live transmission lines and equipment at voltages up to 765 kV. The insulated jib consists of a main structural fiberglass member, which is filament wound with computer-controlled, continuous-roving epoxy/anhydride resin. It’s also sealed with bulkhead covers to minimize maintenance and protect from contaminants that may reduce insulation properties.

The IWP-765kV features a radio control system that provides flexible, precise operation. The control system incorporates fully proportional, state-of-the-art controls. These allow simultaneous operation of the telescope, boom and rotation functions, and enable the operator to better position the platform to suit virtually any job.

Every unit comes standard with a two-person, steel-constructed basket, which can be easily installed and removed by two lineworkers. It features a 600-pound-capacity, 36-inch-by-72-inch platform, with the controls located on the curbside near the top rail. www.diversifiedproduct.com

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QuickCable Portable Power Packs

QuickCable Corp. – a leading manufacturer of connectors, cable/cable assemblies, tools and accessories for the energy storage industry – has introduced its new Rescue LiFePO4 200 and 400 Portable Power Pack units, available in a compact design with exceptional safety features.

The LiFePO4 200 and 400 portable power packs utilize a lithium-iron phosphate battery. Important safety features were built directly into the unit, not just into the booster clamps. A microprocessor board controls multiple protective/safety features, including overload, reverse polarity, short circuit, overheat, backfeed/backward current, overcharge/discharge, low-voltage and low-temperature protections. Not only is this unit a jump-starter and power source, but it will also test your battery and alternator voltage through the booster clamps or using the micro USB connected into a 12-volt power supply within the driver compartment.

For more information, watch an informational video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihd6pznrGYQ. www.quickcable.com

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Terex Stand Alone Core Barrel

Terex Utilities recently announced a new auger tool for digger derricks: the Terex Stand Alone Core Barrel. It fits directly onto a standard Kelly bar and can be stowed like a standard auger on the boom. When a flighted auger will no longer do the job, the new Terex Stand Alone Core Barrel can increase productivity when drilling hard rock, such as limestone material.

For applications that require drilling to begin at ground level, a removable pilot bit can be used to stabilize the Stand Alone Core Barrel in order to start a hole. Once initial penetration is achieved, the pilot bit can be removed. The optional pilot bit is important for achieving a straight starter track.

In addition, the Stand Alone Core Barrel is designed for easy plug removal, increasing drilling productivity. A unique tooth pattern allows the rock plug to easily fall out of the barrel when the operator ratchets the rotation of the tool. Other core barrels require workers to physically hammer the core out of the barrel.

The Stand Alone Core Barrel is available in various diameters ranging from 18 to 30 inches and features a barrel wall of 5/8 of an inch. The heavy-duty hex hub is either 2-1/2 inches or 2-5/8 inches, and it comes with a Dom ST5 2-3/4-inch shaft. The overall length of the tool is 104 inches. Access to the C-10 bullet teeth provides for easy removal and replacement. www.terex.com/utilities

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Leece-Neville Starter Motor

Prestolite Electric’s Leece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems brand now offers a powerful and highly robust new in-line gear-reduction starter motor – the M110608 – for PACCAR MX-11 and MX-13 engines and Peterbilt and Kenworth 2010 and newer applications up to 16 liters.

The new starter brings superior performance and reliability – along with quick, bolt-in replacement – to engines today served by PACCAR, Mitsubishi and Delco Remy 39MT units. The in-line gear-reduction design helps ensure greater power from a lighter unit that can easily fit within tighter spaces.

Leece-Neville starters and alternators are manufactured by Prestolite Electric, a leading original equipment and aftermarket manufacturer serving customers in the trucking, construction, agriculture, mining and other markets.

The new Leece-Neville 12-volt (7-kilowatt) M110608 starter motor features Prestolite’s Integral Magnetic Switch/Soft Start Relay technology, which helps eliminate voltage drop issues by minimizing wiring between the relay and solenoid. Other key enhancements include a next-generation commutator with oversize copper cross-section, enlarged armature to minimize air gap losses, heavy-duty brush plate for best-in-class conductivity and an advanced e-coating on the housing for exceptional resistance to corrosion. www.prestolite.com

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Bendix Fleet MetLok Brakes

MAT Holdings Inc. has announced the relaunch of the Bendix Brakes brand Fleet MetLok product line, a line of automotive disc brake pads and rotors designed specifically for use in severe-duty applications, as well as service and pursuit vehicles.

A trusted industry name for over two decades, the Fleet MetLok product line has been enhanced to provide even better friction performance and coverage, and expanded to include rotors and pads.

Bendix Fleet MetLok semi- and low-metallic brake pads feature friction formulations proven to provide noise-free performance, fade and heat tolerance, outstanding durability and excellent stopping in demanding applications. They also feature a three-layer shim, burnishing compound to reduce break-in time and a hardware kit when applicable.

The Fleet MetLok rotors are built with alloyed carbon performance castings, which provide superior thermal stability and strength, and ensure safe operation in all driving conditions. Additionally, they are coated with the Bendix proprietary heat-resistant SurfaceLok coating, which extends rotor life by reducing corrosion.

The Fleet MetLok product line is ideal for use in heavy hauling, towing, frequent stopping and pursuit applications, such as in work vans, construction pickup trucks and more. www.bendix-brakes.com/bendix_fleet_metlok.php

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