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Reading Service and Crane Bodies

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Reading Truck Body recently unveiled its newly redesigned Aluminum Classic II service body and a brand-new Master Mechanic crane body. Both the Aluminum Classic II and Master Mechanic MM120 and MM220 are built to meet the rugged day-to-day demands customers and fleets experience.

The revamped Aluminum Classic II features a fully redesigned understructure that is rated for up to 19,500 pounds GVWR, more than any other aluminum service body Reading has ever offered. The new body also includes several new industry-leading features and options, like 50-inch raised compartments; CABLOC by Masterack lock-open, lock-close drawers; and key fob integration with the OEM chassis.

Not to be overshadowed is the brand-new Master Mechanic crane body. From the oil field to the construction site, the lightweight MM120 and MM220 crane body equips Class 3-4 chassis with up to 4,000 pounds of lifting power. www.readingbody.com

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Pettibone Traverse Telehandler

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Pettibone has introduced the Traverse T1246X telehandler, the third Traverse model to join its next-generation X-Series lineup. Traverse is the only telehandler product line on the market with a traversing boom carriage with capability to move loads by traveling horizontally. This exclusive feature allows operators to safely place loads at full lift height without having to coordinate multiple boom functions.

The T1246X has a specified lift height of 46 feet, 6 inches, which exactly matches its landing height. By contrast, traditional fixed boom pivots typically have a true landing height that is several feet less than the advertised lift height, as users must account for withdrawing the forks out of the load with enough rearward travel for the fork tips to clear the landing zone.

The traversing boom of the T1246X provides up to 70 inches of horizontal boom transfer, allowing for a maximum forward reach of 35 feet, 10 inches. The telehandler is powered by a 117-horsepower Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final diesel engine that helps it achieve a maximum load capacity of 12,000 pounds. The engine is mounted on a side pod for easy service access while allowing excellent curbside visibility and ground clearance of 19 inches. www.gopettibone.com

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Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Work Truck Show Celebrates 20 Years

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The Work Truck Show returns to Indianapolis this year, where it will celebrate two decades of offering vocational truck fleet operators, manufacturers, dealers and equipment distributors an inside look at the latest trucks, vehicle components and equipment – all in one place.

Nearly three times larger now than it was in 2001, the show – produced by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry – will run March 3-6 at the Indiana Convention Center. Attendees will have access to an exhibit floor that covers more than 500,000 square feet, as well as industry-focused educational sessions and The Work Truck Show Ride-and-Drive. In addition, Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the keynote address at the NTEA Annual Meeting scheduled for March 5.

More than 100 companies have announced plans to introduce new commercial trucks, bodies and truck equipment at the show, and 26 companies have scheduled press conferences, including seven OEMs: Crane Carrier Co., Ford Commercial Vehicles, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc., Mack Trucks, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Nissan North America and Ram Commercial. Plus, 16 leading commercial vehicle OEMs will discuss what they have planned for 2020 and beyond in chassis update sessions. 

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Polaris Expands Utility Vehicle Line

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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

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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

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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.

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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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Chevrolet Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition

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Chevrolet and Carhartt have revealed the ultimate hardworking truck designed to tackle the toughest jobs: the 2021 Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition.

Based on the Silverado 2500 LTZ crew cab, the special edition is paired with the Z71 Off-Road Package, including tuned twin-tube Rancho shocks, hill descent control and skid plates.

It is offered exclusively in the Mosaic Black Metallic exterior color, which is complemented by pinstripe detailing in Carhartt gold, Carhartt badging on the doors and tailgate, 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires and a soft rollup tonneau cover embossed with the Carhartt logo. Black vent hood detailing, tow hooks and a tailgate bowtie lend more dramatic styling, while a chrome grille surround and inserts, along with body-color front and rear bumpers, further add to the distinctive exterior styling and the truck’s overall presence.

A Carhartt-themed interior includes all-weather floor liners with the Carhartt badge, along with exclusive two-tone Jet Black and Carhartt Brown leather-appointed seats featuring unique stitching and Carhartt embroidered headrests.

The production Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition will be available for sale at Chevrolet dealerships in fall 2020. www.chevrolet.com

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WEATHER GUARD All-Purpose Van Rack

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WEATHER GUARD, an industry leader in truck and van equipment, introduces the WEATHER GUARD All-Purpose Steel Van Rack and GlideSafe Load Assist accessory. The new all-purpose van rack delivers a heavy-duty, versatile solution for storing and transporting materials and tools to the job site. The WEATHER GUARD van rack can be installed in under an hour and is compatible with all commercial cargo vans sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The new GlideSafe Load Assist System creates a safer, easier loading and unloading process and does not require a rolling motion to be functional or protect the vehicle and equipment from damage. But that is not the only van accessory that can be paired with the new WEATHER GUARD van racks. Ready-to-mount ratchet straps also can be integrated to provide an easy-to-use solution for securing loads to the rack. Accessories come with all the necessary mounting hardware and do not require drilling. www.weatherguard.com

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ATSSA’s Convention & Traffic Expo Celebrates 50 Years

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Early next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the ATSSA Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, produced by the American Traffic Safety Services Association. From January 24-28, more than 3,500 roadway safety and transportation professionals – from manufacturers and suppliers to government officials and legislative advocacy professionals – will convene at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans to view the latest industry products and services, attend educational and informational sessions, and network with peers. 

Attendees of the 2020 event will have access to over 200,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing the latest industry products and services. A wide variety of cutting-edge traffic safety solutions, state-of-the-art roadway safety vehicles and heavy equipment, ranging from striping trucks to truck-mounted attenuators, will be on display. In addition, ATSSA’s New Products Rollout also is back and will be hosted on the trade show floor.  

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Air-Weigh Trailer Scales

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Air-Weigh, a global leader in electronic onboard scales, is launching a new generation of trailer-specific onboard scales. Advanced communication and integration capabilities along with increased durability are key elements of the new LoadMaxx Plus and QuickLoad Plus product lines. 

The LoadMaxx Plus model allows for third-party onboard software integration options when connected to a LoadMaxx Tractor Scale. In addition, both the LoadMaxx Plus and QuickLoad Plus scales are Bluetooth enabled and allow for communication to any smart device with the Air-Weigh app.

Utilizing the Air-Weigh app, drivers can view weight data on their smart device or easily email weights and location to a fleet manager or any email address. The scale features a user-friendly, icon-based touch-screen display and alarm functions that can be programmed for a warning and overweight trigger.

The new scales also feature a redesigned body and mounting system that provides increased durability and easier installation. The LoadMaxx Plus and QuickLoad Plus will be available for air-ride and most mechanical suspension axle options. Shipments of the new scales are slated for the end of the year. www.air-weigh.com

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Hino Trucks Introduces New Models and Cab Configurations

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Hino has unified its entire lineup of trucks, including model names, to make it even easier for you to match the perfect Hino to you and your business’ needs. The company is excited to announce their new M Series Class 4/5 COEs and new L Series Class 6/7 Conventional trucks, which – combined with Hino’s recently launched XL Series Class 7/8 vehicles – create a cohesive family of commercial trucks.

The badges are not the only updates. Each vehicle now contains larger cab configurations and a full suite of features, adding safety, fresh designs, durability, flexibility and connectivity options.

The new COE truck models carry Hino M4 and M5 badging, with the number in the naming scheme representing the GVW class. For 2021MY, these trucks have been upgraded with an all-new grille design complete with optional LED headlights and HD six-speed Aisin automatic transmission with gear hold feature. They are available with the industry’s first OE fully integrated lane departure warning system in this vehicle segment. Interior upgrades include a new shifter layout, steering wheel controls, an all-new gauge cluster including a 4.2-inch LCD multi-information display, and a driver’s seat belt sensor.

The new Conventional line is represented by the Hino L6 and Hino L7 models, boasting a bolder front fascia with optional LED headlights. The cab interior has been re-engineered with an automotive-grade finish designed for commercial use and improved functionality, steering wheel controls, a large 7-inch LCD multi-information display, and more storage and leg room. There is now an array of safety systems available on the Hino L Series, including electronic stability control, collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, active cruise control and driver’s seat belt sensor. New wheelbase options and extended and crew cab configurations also are available. www.hino.com

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ICUEE 2019 Set to be the Largest Demo Expo Ever

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The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition – also known as ICUEE – The Demo Expo – heads back to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville October 1-3. Owned and produced by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, ICUEE is the largest event for utility industry professionals seeking insight into the latest technologies, innovations and trends affecting the industry.

This year’s event features a number of new and noteworthy offerings for attendees. The UTV Test Track will put individuals in the driver’s seat with the opportunity to compare several models of utility terrain vehicles from Bobcat, Caterpillar and John Deere. In addition to the expanded Safety and Fleet Management pavilions on the indoor show floor, ICUEE 2019 attendees will also have access to a new Emerging Technologies Pavilion. Plus, more than 200 new exhibitors will be at the show to demonstrate their products and services.

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Bigfoot Layered Outrigger Pad

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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

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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

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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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