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Kate Wade

Chelsea 890 Series PTO

 

chelsea-890-seriesThe 890 Series Power Take-Off (PTO) for Allison 3000/4000 transmissions is mounted between the transmission and the frame rail of the truck. It mounts like a standard side-mounted PTO with an additional bracket at the rear of the transmission, and places the output of the PTO beyond the rear of the transmission where there is extra space. The 890 Series is a single unit, not a PTO with an extension. The main shaft is one piece, eliminating the input splines between the PTO and the shaft extension. The clutch has been moved to the rear of the unit to allow the housing and gear section to tuck in tightly to the transmission. The output utilizes a wet spline, which eliminates fretting problems.

www.parker.com/chelsea

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ONSPOT Tire Chains

 

onspot-tire-chainsThe ONSPOT Automatic Tire Chain System offers the traction of a single set of conventional snow chains without having to stop the vehicle. The cab-mounted electric switch provides 12 volts to an air solenoid on the vehicle’s frame rail. Compressed air to the solenoid is supplied from either the vehicle’s onboard air system or a 12-volt compressor. The solenoid opens when the dashboard switch is activated, allowing compressed air to enter the air cylinder and lower the chainwheel so it contacts the inside of the tire. The friction between the tire and the rubber-covered chainwheel causes the chainwheel to rotate, creating enough centrifugal force to flail the chains out. Six lengths of chain spaced at 60-degree intervals on the chainwheel ensure that there are two chains between the tire and road surface at all times, whether the vehicle is accelerating, braking or in a wheel lockup condition. When the dashboard switch is turned off, the solenoid exhausts the air provided to the chain units and return springs in the air cylinders, bringing the chainwheels back to their resting position.

The tire chain system is available from more than 200 OEMs and 1,400 dealers. ONSPOT, founded in 1977, manufactures its products in the company’s ISO 9001-certified factory in Indiana.

www.onspot.com

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Braden Winch PD18D Composite Utility Bumper

 

braden-winch-compositeThe new PD18D Composite Utility Bumper from Braden Winch, a division of PACCAR, is rated for a 20,000-pound first layer line pull. More than 120 pounds lighter than standard bumper packages, the composite bumper, which is highly corrosion resistant, is designed to complement aerodynamic truck styles.

www.paccarwinch.com

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Kate Wade

Hino 338 Utility Truck

 

hino-338The 33,000-pound GVW, 2012 Hino 338 model features the manufacturer’s J08E series eight-liter diesel engine producing 260 HP and 660 pounds/feet of torque, a 13 percent improvement over previous models. Standard equipment on the Hino 338 includes an Allison automatic transmission and an exhaust brake. Options for 2012 models include a clean cab-to-axle and an Allison 2500 transmission with Shift Energy Management, along with a 14,000-pound front axle, a front frame extension and a 120,000-PSI frame.

www.hino.com

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Knapheide KUV Service Body

 

knapheide-kuvThe KUV129SHK from Knapheide, a new KUV model compatible with single rear wheel cutaway chassis, offers more than 75 inches of interior cargo height. Standard features of the model include two conduit chutes with two shelves each, 250-pound capacity adjustable divider shelves and an internal cargo area for transporting oversized items. The design also includes stainless steel hinges and paddle-activated rotary-style latches, hat section double-reinforced compartment doors and a master locking system. Knapheide now offers three different KUV models compatible with single rear wheel chassis – the KUV129SUK, KUV129SLK and the new KUV129SHK.

www.knapheide.com

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Grote Industries MicroNova Dot

 

grote-micronovaGrote’s new MicroNova Dot family of clearance/marker lamps features dual-intensity capabilities that are designed to resist the dimming that is common in penny-sized LED lamps. Grote’s MicroNova Dot is available in P2- and PC-rated versions to meet photometric requirements for a broad spectrum of applications. The P2 MicroNova Dot can be used as either a side marker lamp or a clearance lamp. The PC lamp meets light angularity requirements for both clearance and side marker lamps simultaneously. The lamps require no mounting fasteners and have a profile that extends only three-eighths of an inch from the mounting surface. The MicroNova Dot comes in a 12-volt and a 24-volt, ECE-rated model. An optional adapter allows the lamps to function in a dual-intensity mode, needed for applications such as high-mount center lamp configurations.

www.grote.com

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Kate Wade

Freightliner Trucks Severe Duty Platform

 

freightliner-trucksFreightliner Trucks has unveiled two new Severe Duty (SD) models. The expansions to the SD product line include the 114SD SFA, which features a set-forward axle (SFA) configuration with a standard 31-inch front axle position and optional 29.5-inch configuration. Front axle ratings on the 114SD are available up to 23,000 pounds. Heavy rear axle configurations for single axles are available up to 38,000 pounds, tandem axles up to 58,000 pounds and tridem axles rated up to 69,000 pounds. All 114SD models are powered by the Detroit Diesel DD13 with a power range of 350 to 450 HP, and torque ratings from 1,250 to 1,650 pounds/feet. Cummins ISC and ISL engines will also be available on the 114SD in ratings from 260 to 380 HP, and 660 to 1,300 pounds/feet of torque.

The 108SD features a 42-inch set-back axle position with axle ratings that range from 10,000 to 20,000 pounds for front axles, and single and tandem rear axles options from 21,000 to 46,000 pounds. The 108SD is offered with the Cummins ISB and ISC engines ranging from 200 to 350 HP, and 520 to 1,000 pounds/feet of torque. Eaton Fuller manual and automated transmissions, along with Allison automatic transmissions, are offered on all models of the SD family.

www.freightlinertrucks.com

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Altec AF Series

 

altec-af-seriesAltec Industries meets customer demands with the continued expansion of the AF Series. The AF forestry body traditionally used in aerial applications is now being used for non-aerial operations, offering a variety of safety features and industry-leading options to fit each customer’s need.

Key features include a secure user-friendly hoist safety prop lever, which prevents the need to crawl under the truck for maintenance. An optional curbside ladder box with pole pruner shelf allows workers to choose the working side of the vehicle.

Other features and benefits include:
• Handling capacity up to 27.6 cubic yards
• An integrated locking system that anchors all doors at eight points with one easy operation, making it the most secure in the industry
• Altec’s ProTEC superior corrosion-protection paint system
• LED light package
• Three-year warranty

Altec’s AF Series is available in lengths up to 16 feet, and has capacities up to 27.6 cubic yards.

www.altec.com

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Kate Wade

Hino INSIGHT

 

hino-insightA Web-based location and telematics solution developed by WebTech Wireless, Hino’s INSIGHT is offered with a free one-year service subscription plan on 2008 through 2012 model year trucks. INSIGHT services include route tracking, geofencing, vehicle administration, maintenance management, real-time diagnostic alerts, fleet performance reporting and remote door unlock telemetry. On the dashboard main page of the HinoInsight.com Web portal, specifically designed to access a daily snapshot of a fleet’s critical diagnostics status and performance, fleet managers can simultaneously view real-time vehicle and driver-related information including performance measures for speed, acceleration, braking and fuel usage, in-route/driving fuel economy versus overall fuel economy, drive time, idle time, PTO time and diesel exhaust fluid tank level monitoring.

The user administration interface of Hino INSIGHT can be extended to internal maintenance supervisors, logistics managers, dispatch, drivers and customer service representatives, as well as externally to authorities and insurance companies. INSIGHT includes an automated email scheduling system that enables user-defined groups to receive selected reports. Options available to INSIGHT customers include two-way dispatch/driver communication, electronic driver logs with hours-of-service reporting, routing, security/blind spot video monitoring, axle payload weight monitoring, a security alert system with emergency call center integration, seat belt and tire pressure monitoring, accelerometer accident reporting and other customized solutions.

www.hino.com

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Altec Cranes

 

altec-cranesRiding seat crane models from Altec Industries feature a new tilt cab option that allows the operator to adjust the angle of the cab with hydraulic power. Included are the truck-mounted and track carrier AC38-127S models. The truck-mounted AC23-95B from Altec features out-and-down outriggers to provide increased productivity during setup in confined areas with short-span, mid-span and full-span load charts.

Designed and built with integral safety features to help comply with new standards, Altec cranes include interlocks to help prevent boom operation prior to deploying the outriggers and outrigger controls at ground level, located within view of the shoes to help prevent crush hazards. Other safety features of the company’s models include winch drum rotation indicators that signal the operator of winch drum motion and speed, area protection in the load moment indicator that helps warn of potential overhead hazards, and load moment indicators programmed with a 50 percent de-rate for personnel handling with pin-on platforms.

www.altec.com

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Ramsey Winch POWERMASTER

 

ramsey-winch-powermasterThe new POWERMASTER series from Ramsey Winch includes a complete bumper system that has a 20k hydraulic planetary winch with optional extended shaft, Capstan drives with lifting capacities up to 6,000 pounds and Capstan heads. The new POWERMASTER bumper features a shell made from galvanneal steel, which is precision welded for added strength and lower maintenance costs. The POWERMASTER design also includes locking latches for bumper compartments that provide added security for tools and equipment.

www.ramsey.com

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Seth Skydel

Resale Value

 

resale-5-webAn important part of any fleet manager’s responsibility is the remarketing of used vehicles. For a growing number of fleets, the highest used values are being realized by turning to auction companies that specialize in the disposal of used utility vehicles and equipment.

In a recent roundtable discussion with Utility Fleet Professional Editor Seth Skydel, representatives of three leading auction companies discussed the trends that are impacting their remarketing choices and success, and the reasons that utility fleet managers should consider auctions as they manage their fleets’ remarketing efforts.

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Green Fleet Technologies

eaton-2-webEaton
The developer and manufacturer of hybrid power systems for commercial vehicles, Eaton’s parallel hybrid systems are already in use in many utility fleets. Available through truck manufacturers, the systems include the electric hybrid solution featuring an engine-off power-takeoff (ePTO), and an optional auxiliary power generator and AC power panel for utility, telecom and municipal operations using medium-duty bucket trucks.

The Eaton electric hybrid power system maintains the vehicle’s conventional drivetrain and blends engine torque with electric torque. The system recovers power normally lost during braking and stores the energy in batteries. It can provide ePTO and work site capability for operations needing hydraulic and electric power on job sites. The system is coupled with the vehicle’s engine and Eaton’s UltraShift automated manual transmission and clutch. Between the output side of the clutch and the transmission, the system includes an electric motor/generator that is connected to a power inverter and lithium-ion batteries, and is controlled with an electronic control module.

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Changing Landscape

green-fleets-2-webThe landscape for utility fleets is changing again. Earlier this year, the first-ever fuel efficiency and carbon rules for trucks were put in place. Following the process used for light-duty vehicles, the new rules set standards for all on-highway vehicles with GVW ratings above 8,500 pounds. The new rules that will take effect include U.S. Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations beginning with 2014 model year vehicles and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fuel consumption regulations that begin with the 2016 model year.

Under these new regulations, fuel efficiency will rise and carbon emissions will go down for all vehicle classes, including tractors, Class 3 to 8 vocational work trucks, and heavy-duty pickups and vans. Manufacturers are expected to meet the new regulations with both engine and full vehicle technology approaches.

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Benchmarking Success

benchmarking-3-web“The challenge of operating on a flat budget requires us to look for cost-saving measures on an annual basis,” says Richard Dwornik, business manager for transportation and equipment services at We Energies. “That and other management challenges lead to the need for a comprehensive process of benchmarking our fleet. Equipment utilization and staffing issues, for example, are among the things that drive us to see what other utilities are doing and to identify best practices that we can incorporate into our fleet management processes.

“We’re evaluating data on our operation and comparing it to the industry average as well as to historical and current internal benchmarks,” Dwornik continues. “We look at measurements of vehicle utilization, cost per unit, work order touches per unit, fuel usage, operating costs and staffing levels.”

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Isuzu Commercial Van

isuzuIsuzu Commercial Truck of America and Utilimaster have rolled out the Reach commercial van. Featuring a body designed by Utilimaster on a 12,000-pound GVWR Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX chassis, the Reach will be offered in 134- and 151-inch wheelbases and body lengths of 10, 12 and 14 feet. Resulting cargo area will measure 450, 540 or 630 cubic feet. The Reach van is powered by an Isuzu 4JJ1-TC 3.0-liter turbocharged engine rated at 150 HP, and is fitted with an Aisin medium-duty six-speed automatic transmission. In the design, the stripped chassis’ engine has been relocated to minimize protrusion into the cab and the driver seat position, and numerous component locations have been revised to accommodate the walk-in van body.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America    www.isuzucv.com

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Hino Trucks Class 4 and 5 Diesel and Hybrid Cab-overs

hinoHino Trucks has unveiled four models of its newly designed Class 4 and Class 5 cab-over-engine trucks. Included are the Class 4 155 diesel and the OEM’s first U.S. Class 4 diesel-electric hybrid, the 155h. Both 155 models have a 14,500-pound GVW rating. Hino is also offering the Class 5 195 diesel and the 195h diesel-electric hybrid with a 19,500-pound GVWR. All models are powered by the Hino J05E Series 5-liter engine rated at 210 HP and 440 lbs./ft. of torque and are equipped with Aisin’s A465 six-speed automatic transmission.

Hino Trucks    www.hino.com

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RUD Snow and Traction Chains

rudRUD manufactures a variety of snow/ice and traction chains. Its snow chains are available in various designs to fit both on- and off-road vehicles, from snow chains for snowblowers to rugged alloy steel chains that can meet the demands of large off-road equipment. RUD’s top-of-the-line conventional snow chains meet the highest demands for traction. Made of high-quality alloy steel, the tire chains are easy to mount and designed for maximum traction, smooth running performance and exceptional tire protection. The Grip is RUD’s starter model, an effective snow chain at an extremely attractive price. It is mainly recommended for front-wheel drives, and for use on cars, mini-buses and delivery vans. The ROTOGRIP® – RUD’s automatic snow chain system – features the proven universal mounting system. The patented design of the chain wheels allows for installation on either side in your choice of six-, eight-, 10- or 18-strand wheels. Designed for a wide range of vehicles and suspensions, the ROTOGRIP® system is easy to install and designed to work in forward and reverse, providing excellent traction at low speeds.

RUD    www.rudchain.com

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K&H Lights

kh-night-rayNew to K&H Industries’ line of remote-controlled spotlights, the Night Ray NR-955-20 now features a 50-watt high-intensity discharge (HID) xenon metal-halide arc discharge bulb with output of 750,000 candlepower. The lamp operates at less than half the power draw of a standard 100-watt lamp and provides light intensity five times brighter. Other Night Ray spotlight features include 370 degrees of rotation on the horizontal axis and 350 degrees of vertical tilt. The unit’s light housing and base are completely enclosed and weather-tight, and its motor assemblies, shafts, brackets and other mechanical components are made from marine-quality materials.

K&H Industries    www.khindustries.com

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Pelsue Umbrella Mount

pelsueWith temperatures heating up, you can count on Pelsue to keep you cool. The company’s new umbrella mount utilizes two suction cups, giving you the ability to mount an umbrella for shade on any flat surface. Each suction cup can hold up to 75 pounds to ensure your shade isn’t going anywhere. Fabricated from zinc-plated steel, this mount will stand the test of time.

Pelsue    www.pelsue.com

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