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Al Asher TSE Cable Scrapper

Al Asher Cable ScrapperThe TSE Cable Scrapper is Al Asher and Sons’ latest product innovation for 2015. Formerly known as OK Champion, the industry has long recognized the Cable Scrapper as the go-to product for salvaging underground cable up to 4-inch diameter. The machine will pull, cut and load cable all day long in one continuous operation, saving countless man-hours and extra equipment. Now you can purchase the TSE Cable Scrapper with remote radio controls for the bed winch, which will digitally and effortlessly record pulling torque and speed. Enhanced hydraulic circuitry improvements also are available to promote longevity and reduce heat and wear in the system. Asher stocks units for sale or rental throughout the USA. www.alasher.com

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Hino Adds Class 4 155 Model to Lineup

Hino Model 155Hino Trucks recently announced the addition of a Class 4 155 model to its product offering. The 155 model has a GVWR of 14,500 pounds and is powered by Hino's award-winning J05E-TP engine rated at 210 horsepower. The Class 4 cab-over also comes standard with an industry-leading five-year, 175,000-mile powertrain warranty; HinoWatch, Hino's 24/7 roadside assistance program; and the HinoCare preventive care program. Hino will also offer a double-cab version of the Class 4, marketed as the 155-DC model.

With the addition of the 155 and 155-DC – which will be available at Hino Trucks dealers in May – customers in the Class 4 market can now experience Hino's long-term quality and low cost of ownership. www.hino.com

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VIDEOMATICS System Incorporates Telematics and Live Video

Convoy VideomaticsConvoy Technologies has introduced VIDEOMATICS, a cloud-based software and hardware system that integrates telematics with live and recorded video from around and inside a vehicle, which can be accessed for playback to smartphones, tablets or PCs. The system is designed for fleet owners and managers to assist in their efforts to promote commercial driver safety, security and productivity. VIDEOMATICS software provides instant access to vehicle location tracking, monitoring and alerts, plus live and historical video with analytics from within and surrounding a vehicle from anywhere, to anywhere. Types of event information offered include speed, G-shock (impact and vibration), GPS coordinates, geofencing, route deviation, mapping and positioning of an entire fleet. Continuous, event-driven or scheduled video recording is user selectable. Convoy Technologies' platform operates in a software-as-a-service delivery model to ensure ongoing accountability for software performance and service. VIDEOMATICS software is available for PCs and mobile applications on tablets and smartphones. The iOS app is available for immediate download through the Apple App Store. www.convoytechnologies.com

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Featured Speakers Announced for 2015 ACT Expo

ACT Expo Speaker LineupGladstein, Neandross and Associates, organizers of the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, have announced the featured speaker lineup for the 2015 event, which takes place May 4-7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

Keynote presentations will be provided by Gregg Roden, senior vice president of productivity and sustainability for Frito-Lay, and David Steiner, president and CEO of Waste Management. Roden will share why Frito-Lay – a $13 billion division of PepsiCo – is set on becoming the most fuel-efficient fleet in the country. Steiner will discuss Waste Management’s continued leadership role in investing in alternative fuels for vehicles and related infrastructure.

During ACT Expo’s dynamic plenary sessions, attendees will gain an inside viewpoint on the cyclical nature of oil market pricing, the underlying long-term oil supply-demand imbalance, why it’s inevitable that prices will be heading north again and how fleets that switch to alternative fuels today will come out on top. Featured industry speakers will include T. Boone Pickens, founder, chairman and CEO of BP Capital; David J. Porter, commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas; and Rusty Rush, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Rush Enterprises.

During TED Talk-style presentations and an executive roundtable, ACT Expo attendees will also hear from progressive fleet operators who are driving clean transportation innovation in the midst of an ever-changing market. Featured fleet speakers include Gary Thomas, president and executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit; Mike Whitlatch, UPS vice president of global energy and procurement; Elizabeth Fretheim, director of logistics sustainability for Walmart; and Drew Cullen, Penske Truck Leasing’s senior vice president of fuels and facilities services. www.actexpo.com 

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Rigid Access Mat

Rigid Access Mat

MUD-TRAKS’ strongest, most rigid access mat – designed to move heavy vehicles over wetland-like ground conditions – is light enough for men to handle in the field. It is made from solid fiberglass with an internal grid structure that channels tire load over an area more than 15 times larger than a comparable-sized poly mat. It is rigid enough to bridge a 20-inch span while supporting 10,000 pounds of tire load.

This innovation comes in three distinctive model strengths: Lawn Mat for vehicles up to 35,000 pounds, Off-Road Super Lite Mat for vehicles up to 60,000 pounds and Off-Road Super Mat for vehicles that weigh 100,000-plus pounds.

The mat’s advantages include strength, longevity, ease of handling and safety. It has numerous applications in the utility and heavy construction industries; is not affected by chemicals, temperature or water; and does not conduct electricity. www.mud-traks.com

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Garage Management System

Garage Management System

ARI’s Garage Management System (GMS) provides fleets the ideal balance between in-house control and outsourcing convenience by helping to manage technicians, vehicle maintenance and parts inventory while simultaneously consolidating all vendor-in/vendor-out data. From mechanics’ hours to automatic routing of repair approvals and comprehensive repair history, GMS manages it all, and it can even feed data to integrated payroll or ERP systems.

The GMS module integrates all maintenance-related data in one place, allowing fleet managers to track, analyze and manage fleet activity to achieve the lowest possible total cost of ownership. By using GMS as part of a multifaceted maintenance program, fleets will experience cost savings through a more efficient repair process while also making it easy to increase patronage of external shops, balancing vendor mix. www.arifleet.com/services/in-house_garage_maintenance/

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Revolution Series Pullers

Revolution Series Pullers

Sherman+Reilly designed its Revolution Series equipment around operator safety, ergonomics and environmental comfort. With a 14,000-pound pulling capacity, the Revolution Series P-1400X Single Drum Puller is a transmission-class drum puller with a first-of-a-kind drum engagement system utilizing lateral sliding sides and drum support rollers for simplified pulling and reconductoring operations. The P-2000X Bullwheel Puller offers a new design that provides a smooth 20,000 pounds of control for the steel hard line with the use of its twin hydraulically driven bullwheels. Both machines utilize automatic horizontal levelwinds that permit overhead rope retrieval with precision control.

The Safe-Zone Cab is an important feature of these pullers. The cab employs a floor-to-ceiling polycarbonate front window for maximum visibility while providing superior protection against impact. www.sherman-reilly.com

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Battery Protection System

Battery Protection System

PriorityStart HD is a totally automatic battery protection system that disconnects at 11.7 volts – stopping a dead battery – and then reconnects with a simple load change. The HD unit handles heavier loads, 60 percent increase to 1,600 starting amps and 400 continuous amps. The increase to the contact disc, gears and holding nut has strengthened the load capability and reduced the stress from heavier loads. Other improvements include increased points of connection, brighter top LED for easy viewing, motor/gear shielding strengthening operation and modified top post that easily accepts side-mount installation. www.prioritystart.com

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Terex Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Digger Derricks

Terex Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Digger Derricks

For 70 years, utility professionals have used Terex digger derricks on power grid construction and maintenance projects to bore holes and set poles. Established in 1945 with the advent of the Tel-E-lect digger derrick, today the company’s product line includes the Terex Commander 4000, 5000 and 6000 digger derricks, as well as the Terex General 65, 80 and 95 models.

Tel-E-lect digger derricks were first engineered and built by Leroy C. Lindquist, owner of the Minnetonka Manufacturing Co., which manufactured parts for the telephone and electric utility markets in Hopkins, Minn. At the time, Lindquist worked with Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. to develop a machine run by power take-off on a truck’s transmission to dig holes for telephone poles. The first Tel-E-lect trucks utilized the truck’s differential to mechanically turn an auger, which was suspended from the end of an A-frame boom and was raised and lowered by the truck winch line to drill a hole.

The 1950s and 1960s saw three Tel-E-lect digger derrick product innovations introduced that are still in use today: the Rite-Way auger storage bracket, pole-grabbing winch and hydraulic collector block. The Telecon was also introduced, allowing a digger to be mounted on a smaller, lighter, more maneuverable chassis, and the Commander I Series digger derrick was developed. Additionally, the company developed and introduced the first fiberglass third section built to eliminate pin-on third sections.

Tel-E-lect opened manufacturing facilities in Watertown and Huron, S.D., in the 1970s, and by the early 1980s the company had established its corporate headquarters in Watertown. In 1988, Simon Engineering PLC purchased Tel-E-lect, and the company became known as Simon-Telelect Inc. The company expanded its product offerings in 1992 with the acquisition of Hi-Ranger aerial devices. Terex purchased Tel-E-lect from Simon Engineering in 1997, which became the foundation for Terex Utilities. www.terex.com/utilities

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19 Exciting Utility Fleet Products and Services for 2015

Bigfoot

Product: Ultra Pad Safety Edge
Company: Bigfoot Construction Equipment
Web: www.outriggerpads.com

Bigfoot Construction Equipment offers the all-new Ultra Pad Safety Edge, which helps to prevent the outrigger from slipping off the outrigger pad. Call 888-743-7320 for more information.

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MultiTrack Portable Tracking System

MultiTrack Portable Tracking System

DPL Telematics has released the MultiTrack system, an advanced solution for wireless monitoring and remote tracking of any powered or unpowered asset. The portable GPS unit may be hidden on any asset, installing in seconds.

The MultiTrack allows managers to remotely monitor an asset from an Internet-based software package or a mobile app. The unit is the first telematics product of its kind to feature no external wiring or antenna; up to 16 weeks of internal battery life between charges and complete recharge in three hours via wall plug; little to no sky view required – may be hidden inside or under certain assets; rugged, SAE J1455-compliant waterproof design for deployment in harsh environments; and compact and complete portability allowing for easy rotation between company assets.

As a locator, the MultiTrack notifies whenever the host asset begins moving as well as on demand, and alerts during customer-defined curfews whenever there is unauthorized activity. www.dpltel.com

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McNeilus Expands CNG Systems

McNeilus-CNG-SystemsMcNeilus Truck & Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corp. company, has announced an expansion of offerings of its industry-leading McNeilus Next Generation (NGEN) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) systems. To satisfy growing customer demands, McNeilus NGEN CNG systems are now available on a wider range of vehicle types, including construction, delivery, over-the-road and other severe-duty fleets.

McNeilus NGEN CNG systems are available on new vehicles and retrofits through the company’s national network of regional installation centers. NGEN CNG-powered trucks are built with both the operator and service team in mind. The company’s exclusive fuel management system reduces the number of fittings and increases reliability, while the fuel storage pods feature lightweight DOT Type 4 tanks. McNeilus systems meet all NFPA 52 standards and are installed by the company’s team of factory-trained technicians. NGEN CNG systems are backed by a two-year standard warranty, with an optional extended warranty. In addition, McNeilus carries a comprehensive inventory of replacement parts on hand at its regional installation centers. www.ngencng.com

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ZeroLift Pad Rack

DICA-Pad-LiftDICA Outrigger Pads has introduced the ZeroLift Pad Rack, a crane accessory offering safety benefits for crane operators. The Pad Rack eliminates the need for crane operators to manually lift and carry outrigger pads, and makes transport on the job site simple and safe.

The ZeroLift Pad Rack has a carrying capacity of 1,000 pounds and is adjustable to fit pad sizes up to 48 inches by 60 inches. Made of high-strength steel, the Pad Rack easily installs on either the front or rear of rough-terrain cranes. A single hitch point allows the ZeroLift Pad Rack to fold up and out of the way when not in use. When mounted correctly, the ZeroLift Pad Rack has minimal impact on crane ground clearance. At only 60 pounds, the Pad Rack does not affect crane load charts. In addition, the ZeroLift Pad Rack is versatile enough to transport other equipment, such as toolboxes.

DICA offers more than 50 models of engineered outrigger pads that help employers with proper crane setup. Many of these models can be transported with the new ZeroLift Pad Rack. www.dicausa.com

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Heavy-Duty Hand Cleaners

Deb-Group-Hand-CleanersDeb Group has introduced a complete line of heavy-duty hand cleaners designed specifically for the automotive aftermarket industry. KrestoGT offers advanced and powerful products formulated to protect, clean and restore technicians’ hardworking hands.

KrestoGT heavy-duty hand cleaner contains all-natural, biodegradable scrubbers with no harsh solvents or sharp scrubber materials, keeping even the grimiest hands not only clean, but healthy and productive as well.

Developed with Deb’s advanced technical expertise, the new KrestoGT line will offer high-performance skin care products for the automotive industry at a great value. New products include KrestoGT Orange Boost and KrestoGT Cherry Turbo. These formulations are available in gallon, half-gallon, 2-liter cartridge and wipe formats that address the removal of a broad range of automotive contaminants. KrestoGT Paint Shop is an advanced formulation specifically designed to remove extra-tough soils such as paint, tar and adhesives.

The KrestoGT line of products will be available for purchase beginning in January 2015. www.krestogt.com

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XL Hybrids Receives CARB Executive Order

XL-Hybrids-ConversionsXL Hybrids has received a California Air Resources Board executive order allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans into hybrid electric vehicles. The XL Hybrids XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System is on sale now in California for the first time.

The XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System has been shown to increase miles driven per gallon by approximately 25 percent in real-world fleet vehicle driving. The XL3 is a regenerative braking system that requires no special fueling stations, plug-ins or maintenance. Fleets can rapidly adopt the XL3 system because there is no driver training required, no new fueling infrastructure required, and the install takes less than one day. Plus, driver productivity increases because drivers can spend more time on their routes and less time at the pump.

In addition, the fuel reduction achieved with the XL3 hybrid system helps California fleets accelerate their corporate sustainability initiatives. According to the EPA, every 1,000 gallons of fuel saved results in 8.9 metric tons of carbon dioxide reduced. www.xlhybrids.com

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Michelin Winter Performance Tires

MichelinConditions for winter travel can be challenging, and driver safety is the No. 1 priority. If your fleet is located or operates in an area that experiences winter conditions, you may want to consider a specific tire tread or retread that is designed to handle those conditions. The MICHELIN XDS2 tire is optimized for winter performance, providing outstanding traction from more than 700 3D Matrix Sipes that lock together for extra stability. Another option is the MICHELIN XDN2 tire and pre-mold retread. With Matrix Siping and more than 1,300 biting edges, these products provide excellent levels of traction year-round for the drive position. www.michelin.com

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Hino Trucks Celebrates 30 Years

Hino-Trucks-AnniversaryFounded in 1984 as a limited distributorship with responsibility for importing Class 4 through 7 cab-over trucks, Hino has evolved into a prominent U.S. company with a dealer network of more than 200 points, assembly and manufacturing facilities in Williamstown, W.Va., and Marion, Ark., with eight locations throughout the country.

Having garnered more than a dozen industry awards for customer satisfaction and Truck of the Year three times in the last six years alone, Hino Trucks continues to set record sales and post market share gains annually that make the 30-year-old company one of the country’s fastest-growing medium-duty truck brands.

“It is a great honor for me to celebrate this anniversary as the president of Hino Motors Sales U.S.A.,” said Yoshinori Noguchi, Hino Trucks president and CEO. “While many things have changed since 1984, our goals have always remained the same – to create the most innovative, high-quality products in our industry. To all of our employees, dealers, customers and shareholders, we thank you for your continued commitment to Hino Trucks. Our 30th anniversary is a milestone and turning point for Hino to take the next step. I am excited about this journey and believe the best is yet to come.” www.hino.com

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CTE Introduces CTRAC8000

Custom-Truck--EquipmentCustom Truck & Equipment has introduced the CTRAC8000, a high-payload, low-ground-pressure track vehicle designed to deliver high-capacity cranes and long-reaching aerial devices to job sites you can’t get to on rubber tires. CTE’s universal chassis design, which uses the same frame specifications as a high-capacity truck chassis, is the only easy-mount and dismount track chassis in its class. Any crane/aerial device/truck-mounted equipment requiring a chassis with an 80,000-pound GVWR can be mounted as quickly and easily as factory install. The crane or lift mounted to the CTRAC8000 platform will see no change in the standard lift capacities charts or range diagrams. There is no modification of any kind to the outriggers or critical components, which means you can keep your manufacturer’s warranty in place. CTE maximizes stability with dual bogie wheels to keep even ground contact pressure that improves lateral stability on side slopes, and specially designed cleated grousers give this machine grip and agility on ice and snow. www.cte-equipment.com

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Asplundh Adopts Propane Autogas

Asplundh-Autogas-TrucksAsplundh, an international provider of vegetation management services to utilities and municipalities, is one of the first in its industry to adopt propane autogas for some of the medium-duty trucks in its fleet.

Currently, Asplundh has two Ford F-650 trucks powered by ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems. The most complex unit is a bucket truck equipped with a 58-foot aerial lift. An Asplundh-affiliated company also operates a chip dump truck in California where emissions regulations are stringent.

It is estimated that each of these trucks will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 117,000 pounds over its lifetime. Compared to conventional diesel counterparts, propane autogas vehicles also minimize smog-producing hydrocarbons, virtually eliminate particulate matter and lessen noise levels. Additionally, propane autogas lowers fuel and maintenance costs and decreases reliance on imported oil. www.asplundh.com

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