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Why Keyword Stuffing Hurts

Why Keyword Stuffing Hurts

I hope this blog post finds your March going well! We’ve been busy at CommercialTruckTrader.com and EquipmentTraderOnline.com working on the new search, traveling to Conexpo / Conagg, and continuing several other projects that I hope to begin revealing to the world at large in the very near future. There has been an issue highlighted, however, in our feedback that I wanted to talk about briefly. My hope is to convey the impact that this issue has on our user’s experience! This problem is called “keyword stuffing” which refers to when […]

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What’s Happening at CommercialTruckTrader.com?

What's Happening at CommercialTruckTrader.com?

First, introductions. My name is Ryan Goodwin and I’ve been with Dominion Enterprises, what used to be Trader Publishing Company, for about ten years. I came here out of college, with a degree in computer science, and have since shuffled around within the TraderOnline universe. About five months ago, I was promoted to lead our product and software development team for our Industrial websites, CommercialTruckTrader.com and EquipmentTraderOnline.com. The CommercialTruckTrader.com & EquipmentTraderOnline.com Development Team  Why is this important and why should you care? Part of what we’ve been doing is […]

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Agricultural Equipment Sales Expected to Rebound in 2011

According to the Wisconsin Ag Connection, agricultural equipment sales are expected to rebound in 2011 after a few years of declining sales due to the global economic downturn. Growth is expected beyond 2011 as well. The growth is expected to come primarily from the developing world, with slower growth forecasted for developed economies. Greater mechanization in farming is a significant contributor to increased sales in markets such as China and India. The Asia and Pacific market is expected to see the fastest growth rate through 2015. We’re excited to see a turnaround on the horizon! Search for farm equipment on EquipmentTraderOnline.com Source: Wisconsin Ag Connection

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Ford Announces New F-150 Engine Specs

According to PickupTrucks.com, Ford Motor Co. released the 2011 engine specs for its popular F-150. The horsepower ratings for the four new engines will range from 302 to 411. The entry level engine will be a 3.7 liter V6 that is rated at 302 hp. Also available will be a 5.0 liter V8 rated at 360 hp, a 6.2 liter V8 rated at 411 hp, and a 3.5 liter V6 rated at 365 hp. Ford will offer one transmission for the F-150 in 2011: a 6-speed 6LR80 automatic. At Commercial Truck Trader, we’ve seen an uptick in Ford half-tons for sale with 1700 F150’s currently listed. Any plans to upgrade? visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Caterpillar D Series Mini Excavators Add More Performance and Operator Convenience

The Caterpillar home page features the new Cat D Series Mini Hydraulic Excavators — models 303.5D CR, 304D CR, 305D CR and 305.5D CR. Photo Credit: Caterpillar According to Caterpillar, with model designations that closely reflect their operating weights (3.5 to 5.5 metric tons), the new machines feature enhanced stability for greater productivity, a redesigned work-tool coupler, load-sensing hydraulics, and engines that meet U.S. EPA Tier-4 Interim and E.U. Stage-3A emissions regulations. Models 303.5D CR and 304D CR are zero-tail-swing machines that keep the radius of the upper body within the width of the tracks; models 305D CR and 305.5D CR are compact-radius machines that limit upper-body tail swing over the tracks to 5.5 inches (140 mm) or less. Both designs reduce the machine’s operating footprint and simplify the operator’s job. Photo Credit: Caterpillar Increased-width undercarriages for the 303.5D CR and 304D CR and heavier counterweights for the 305D CR and 305.5D CR significantly enhance machine stability, allowing increased lift capacity, more effective use of reach and digging forces, increased capability when handling heavy work tools and improved machine balance for operator comfort. A new pin-grabber-type coupler (with the new optional hydraulic operation) combines positive work-tool retention with a design that maintains tight tolerances between coupler and tool, significantly reducing wear. Photo Credit: Caterpillar A standard-equipment two-mode auxiliary-hydraulic system, complete with lines and quick connectors, can be switched between single-direction and bi-directional operation for effectively using work tools ranging from […]

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Veteran Truck Driver Takes The Kenworth T700 and PACCAR MX Engine On Tour

The Kenworth homepage reports the Kenworth T700 and PACCAR MX Engine Tour recently completed its 5-month, 20,000-mile U.S. journey, which offered fleets and drivers a close-up look at the new, aerodynamic Kenworth T700 and the fuel-efficient 2010 PACCAR MX engine during stops at more than 80 Kenworth dealerships. Photo Credit: Kenworth According to Kenworth The tour also showcased the new Kenworth NavPlus navigation and business technology system for Class 5–8 trucks, Kenworth AG130 front air suspension, and Eaton UltraShift Plus automated transmission. Veteran truck driver Mike McDowell received the choice assignment to pilot the Kenworth T700 tour truck during the past five months. His extensive time behind the wheel of the T700 with the 485-hp PACCAR MX engine makes him one of the most experienced users of both new products. Photo Credit: Kenworth “I drove the Kenworth T700 all over the continental United States,” said McDowell, who has 33 years of professional experience operating commercial vehicles and currently works for Spiff Services. “From the driver’s seat looking out at the road, the T700’s field of view is excellent. It was easy to quickly glance at the instrument gauges while I was driving. When I was stopped at dealer locations, I used the pull-out workstation, which had ample room to work on the logbook and on my laptop. The interior lighting was excellent for working at night. Plus, there is lots of storage space in the T700, and the Kenworth AERODYNE […]

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Increased Used Truck Sales a Hopeful Sign – Used Class 8 Sleeper Tractors a Big Seller

Fleet Owner.com reports a rise in used truck registration over the last two quarters, a hopeful sign that trucking companies are buying more vehicles to match business growth. According to Fleet Owner.com, the firm R.L Polk & Co. have reported increased 18.9% rise in registration of new and used trucks in the first half of 2010 from the same time in 2009. Used commercial vehicle registrations were also up, setting a new record for a six month timeframe. What trucks are in demand? Used Class 8 sleeper tractors are a hot seller. On Commercial Truck Trader, here are the top conventional sleeper trucks for sale: Top Conventional Sleeper Truck Models for Sale on CommercialTruckTrader.com International 9400 Sleeper International 9400i Sleeper Volvo VNL670 Sleeper Freightliner Columbia Sleeper Freightliner CL12064ST Sleeper Peterbilt 379 Sleeper Source: Fleet Owner visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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The Port of Los Angeles Clean Truck Program Wins Court Fight

Photo Credit: The Port of Los Angeles The Los Angeles Times Blogs reports on a recent U.S. District Court ruling on the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program. The ruling states that the Port of Los Angeles can require trucks using the port to meet emission standards. The American Trucking Association had sued the port because they argued the new rules violated federal laws prohibiting states from regulating trucking. Supporters of the new rules say the ruling gives ports the power to control their air quality standards. Source: The Los Angeles Times visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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China’s Expanding Heavy Equipment Market Could Determine Future Leaders of the Industry

Photo Credit: Wikipedia/Sebastien Poncet A Forbes.com’s China Tracker blog reports on the battle for the Chinese construction equipment market and how companies who prosper in China will be future leaders of the equipment business worldwide. The story reports that China’s heavy equipment market becoming the largest in the world, leading the way in demand for equipment such as wheel loaders growing 63% over 2000 and excavators growing 84%. With such growth, China’s heavy equipment market has grown four times faster than China’s auto industry. Source: Forbes.com

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Kenworth Adds Lane Departure Warning System as Option for Kenworth T700

Kenworth Truck Company has announced it offers the Takata SafeTraK 3 lane departure warning system as an option for the Kenworth T700. Photo Credit: Kenworth According to Kenworth, the system combines an interior, windshield-mounted video camera with vision software to help promote enhanced driver awareness and attention to turn signal usage by sending audio alert notifications of inadvertent lane departures to the driver. Takata SafeTraK 3, which is compatible with the standard J1939 wiring system, fully integrates camera, optics, processor and power supply into a compact unit. Kenworth factory installation includes the unit, wiring harness, two headliner-mounted speakers, dash-mounted rocker switch and system status lamp, and driver’s guide for the glove box. A pre-wire option is also available. Takata SafeTraK 3 must be specified with an EPA 2007 or EPA 2010 engine and Kenworth’s optional curved, one-piece windshield. The system also is available as an option for the Kenworth T660 and Kenworth T800. Source: Kenworth visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Thanks for Making The Equipment Trader iPhone App and Mobile Site a Success

Equipment Trader’s iPhone application has been a huge success. The free Equipment Trader application can be downloaded from the business section of the iTunes Store by searching the key phrase “Equipment Trader.” We would like to thank everyone who has downloaded our app. We constantly working to make it better. Our EquipmentTraderOnline.com mobile site has been a great success as well. More than 40,000 pieces of construction, farming, lifting, forestry and grounds care equipment for sale can be viewed using any mobile phone that has internet access. Have a suggestion on how we can make our mobile site or iPhone app more user friendly? Leave a comment and tell us.

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Con-way Truck Equipped With New Safety Technology Could be the Truck of the Future

CNN Money features video of a new truck for Con-way equipped with state of the art safety technology. According to the video, the new technology ranges from a camera that scans the road to make sure the truck is staying in its lane, to a computer system that helps drivers keep the truck stable to avoid accidents. The story reports that Con-way’s investment in new truck safety technology is aimed at saving lives and money through preventing accidents. Source: CNN Money visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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American Transportation Research Institute Conducts Survey Of Trucking Industry Issues

American Transportation Research Institute wants to know the top concerns of the trucking industry and is conducting its annual survey for 2010. You can take the survey online at the ATRI site or download a PDF to write it out and mail it in. According to Transportation Topics, the 2010 survey is designed to rank the biggest issues facing the trucking industry and find strategies to deal with them. The results will be revealed at the 2010 ATA Management Conference and Exhibition this October in Phoenix, Arizona. Source: ATRI and Transportation Topics visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Construction Associations’ Coalition Will Help Contractors Cut Emissions

The Associated General Contractors of America homepage reports that The Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida,in partnership with a coalition of construction associations in the Southeast, will invest more than $1.6 million over the next two years to cut diesel emissions from off–road construction equipment that is currently in use. The U.S. EPA has awarded the National Funding Assistance Program grant to the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association to support voluntary diesel retrofit efforts by AGC of Greater Florida contractors and other diesel users across Florida, Alabama and Georgia. “We don’t just want to rebuild Florida’s economy, we want to rebuild our commitment to this state’s national treasures,” said Richard Marshall, the association’s president. “The industry is committed to building a better, greener, and more prosperous future for Floridians.” The coalition expects to retrofit or replace more than 200 pieces of construction equipment and train more than 300 individuals from its member companies over the next two years. “Contractors are helping to boost our economy, and they’re committed to doing so in an environmentally friendly way,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Arlington, VA–based Associated General Contractors of America. “Our goal is to make digging in the brown dirt as green as possible.” Source: The Associated General Contractors of America

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Con-way Driver is 2010 National Truck Driving Grand Champion

The American Trucking Associations reports Carl Krites, a Con-way Freight professional truck driver based in Wapakoneta, Ohio was named the 2010 National Truck Driving Grand Champion. According to the ATA, Carl’s driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety information topped those of 415 other professional drivers from all across the United States in the National Truck Driving Championships, held in Columbus, Ohio. The 73rd annual “Super Bowl of Safety” is sponsored by the American Trucking Associations. In route to his title, Carl has logged 31 years as a driver, with over 3 million miles behind the wheel. Carl began competing in his state truck driving championships in 2002, and this is his first trip to the National Truck Driving Championships. The contestants were the state champions in nine truck types from all 50 states. Collectively, they have driven 581,001,783 accident-free miles. Source: American Trucking Associations visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Volvo EC460CHR Demolition Excavator Boasts Enhanced Engine Power and Torque

Photo Credit: Volvo Construction Equipment The Volvo homepage features details on the EC460CHR, a part of the growing line of Volvo high-reach demolition excavators. The EC460CHR features an 89-foot-7-inch boom and arm and is supplied with both high-reach demolition boom and standard excavator configuration digging boom / arm and a changeover process that takes as little as 30 minutes. Photo Credit: Volvo Construction Equipment The EC460CHR boasts enhanced engine power and torque, along with efficient slew speed and torque. The excavator also provides exactly tailored hydraulic flow and pressure output, allowing operators to get the most out of high-reach attachments such as pulverizers, grapples, crushers, hammers and shears.

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Legislation Could Raise Gross Vehicle Weight Limit For Trucks. Just Add an Axle!

According to a story on logistics news site DC Velocity.com, states could be permitted to raise the gross vehicle weight limit for trucks to 97,000 pounds, but there is a catch: trucks would have to add a sixth axle. The story reports that bill S. 3705 would require that a sixth axle be added to trucks carrying single-trailer unites to compensate for the extra weight, reduce damage to roads, and increase braking capacity. Gross vehicle weight is the weight of a rig, a fully loaded trailer, and diesel fuel. 80,000 pounds is the current limit for five-axle trucks using the interstate system. Source: DC Velocity visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Kenworth T700 Now in Full Production

The Kenworth homepage reports the T700 is now in full production at the Kenworth Truck Company manufacturing plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. Photo Credit: Kenworth “We’re seeing positive demand for the T700 and expect it to increase as customers purchase fuel-efficient, aerodynamic trucks as their business and the economy strengthens,” said Marilyn Santangelo, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations. Last month Kenworth received an order for 500 T700s from Stevens Transport in Dallas. According to Kenworth, the T700 has the lowest aerodynamic drag of any Kenworth truck in company history and earned Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay program certification. The T700 also offers a spacious wide-cab and 75-inch Aerodyne sleeper with 8-foot cathedral ceiling. Source: Kenworth LINKS  BROWSE KENWORTH TRUCKS ON COMMERCIAL TRUCK TRADER visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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John Deere Skidder Features Autoshift For Improved Operability and Decreased Fatigue

Photo Credit: John Deere John Deere has announced the introduction of new Autoshift functionality on its popular line of H-Series Skidders. According to John Deere, the elimination of shifting allows operators to use their right hand to run the grapple and focus on pulling the load, which effectively makes the skidder easier to operate, increases productivity and decreases operator fatigue. Photo Credit: John Deere The Autoshift option leverages the fuel efficiency advantage of direct drive and lock-up torque converter (LUTC) transmissions, and automatically selects the optimal gear for a given load. “The H-Series skidders are built to maximize uptime, satisfy a wide-range of customer preferences, and keep operating costs down,” said Elizabeth Quinn, Product Marketing Manager, Skidders and Wheeled Feller Bunchers. “Faster load gathering and ground speed combined with best-in-class fuel efficiency ensure the H-Series Skidders move the most wood at the lowest cost per ton.” Source: John Deere

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FedEx Sends 114 Drivers to Compete in The National Truck Driving Championships

FedEx reports one hundred and fourteen drivers from 45 states representing FedEx will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Columbus, Ohio, August 3-7. Photo Credit: FedEx According to FedEx, each driver earned the right to compete in the NTDC by qualifying at state-level truck driving championships. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the NTDC, which is designed to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers. “Every day, the thousands of professional drivers and contractors who comprise the FedEx driving force strive not only to deliver shipments on time but also to ensure that safety continues to be their most important priority,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Corp. “This collective commitment of our driving force to safely share the road with other motorists each day has been validated by the performance of the more than 1,400 FedEx drivers, couriers and contractors who competed in their respective state truck driving championships and the accomplishments of our 114 NTDC competitors in particular.” Source: FedEx visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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The New Caterpillar TH514 Telehandler Designed To Handle Tough Applications

The Caterpillar home page introduces the new Caterpillar TH514 telehandler, designed for general construction and industrial markets, as well as specialty markets including power plants and wind farm applications. Photo Credit: Caterpillar Caterpillar reports load-sensing, flow-sharing hydraulics allow for all three boom functions to be operated simultaneously and proportionally. The system provides smooth control of the boom and work tools for increased accuracy, especially when placing loads in challenging applications. The 74.5 kW (101 hp) Cat C4.4 DITAAC mechanical control, turbo charged engine is standard and certified to Stage IIIA (Tier3) emission regulations. This engine is designed to provide excellent power and torque levels to meet jobsite requirements. The new cab is comfortable and stylish with all-around visibility, and features a new heating and ventilation system with optional air conditioning. The single lever joystick with roller switches is easy to use, and all controls, including auxiliary hydraulics, are fully proportional. An in-cab LCD displays a wide range of information, and the keypad can be used to select various operating modes, including three different steering modes. Source: Caterpillar BROWSE: Caterpillar Heavy Equipment On Equipment Trader Online

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The John Deere SeedStar XP Provides Real-Time Information About Planter Performance and Seed Placement

The John Deere homepage features details on the new SeedStar XP monitoring system from John Deere. Photo Credit: John Deere According to John Deere, the SeedStar XP provides more real-time information about planter performance and seed placement to the operator in the tractor cab, making it easier for the operator to make on-the-go adjustments to the planter for optimal seed placement and increased productivity. The GreenStar 2 compatible SeedStar XP system features a user-friendly, full-color planting monitor, or it can be integrated with a producer’s existing GreenStar 2 display to eliminate clutter in the cab. The system is supported by a series of row-unit sensor nodes and downforce sensors configured to the specific model of planter. Source: John Deere

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Mack Truck Reports Customers Order More than 10,000 Near-Zero Emission, EPA 2010 Certified Class 8 Trucks

Mack Trucks, Inc. has announced that its orders for Class 8 vehicles equipped with EPA 2010-compliant engines, when combined with those of its sister company Volvo Trucks North America, have exceeded the 10,000 mark. Photo Credit: Mack Trucks MACK MP engines feature the Mack ClearTech selective catalytic reduction system, which delivers near-zero emissions and is certified to EPA 2010 standards without the use of emissions credits. “This milestone is in line with the fact that we were the first to achieve EPA 2010 certification, we had the trucks in customer hands early and often for testing, and we were ready to go soon enough to start production last fall,” said Kevin Flaherty, senior vice president – sales and marketing. “Customers are telling us we have the best EPA 2010 solution, bar none.” Source: Mack Trucks BROWSE: Mack Trucks For Sale On Commercial Truck Trader visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Caterpillar Purchases CleanAIR Systems, Inc.

Caterpillar Emissions Solutions has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase CleanAIRSystems, Inc. CleanAIR Systems is a privately owned company in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is a leader in designing and manufacturing customized stationary aftertreatment solutions for internal combustion engines. The broad product line includes California Air Resources Board (CARB) verified particulate filters, oxidation catalysts and silencers as well as an innovative hybrid selective-catalytic-reduction/particulate-filter/silencer system. These products and CleanAIR’s engineering expertise have seen especially strong use in retrofitting engine-powered generators, and they have application in diverse industries. “Lowering the emissions output of our legacy equipment is one of the most significant steps we can take to help our customers do their work in a more sustainable manner. The CleanAIR products add significantly to our ability to accomplish emissions reductions for our electric power, petroleum and marine customers,” said Terry Sears, Manager, Caterpillar Emissions Solutions. “Our goal is to be the leader and the preferred provider of emissions reduction technologies for the existing population of Cat products around the globe.” Source: Caterpillar

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Kenworth Truck Company to Offer Front Drive Axles for the Kenworth T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 Models

Kenworth Truck Company has announced that it will offer factory-installed, front drive axles for the Kenworth T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 models. The new Kenworth front drive axle was introduced this week at the 57th annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC) in Williamsburg, Va. Photo Credit: Kenworth “This is Kenworth’s first factory-installed, front drive axle on our medium duty product line,” said Judy McTigue, Kenworth director of marketing planning and research. “We’re targeting utility service, construction vehicles, oilfield service and boom trucks, in addition to municipal applications, such as fire and emergency vehicles.” Photo Credit: Kenworth The new front drive axle, is available for order today in ratings ranging from 10,000 lbs. to 14,000 lbs. on Kenworth T270s and T370s equipped with a PACCAR PX-6 engine. This fall, Kenworth will expand front drive axle ratings to 16,000 lbs. equipped with PACCAR PX-8 engines. Source: Kenworth visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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New York City Parks Department Uses Kenworth Diesel-Electric Hybrid Trucks To Reduce Emissions

The Kenworth Trucks homepage reports on the addition of 17 Kenworth T370 diesel-electric hybrid trucks to the truck fleet of the New York City Parks Department. According to Kenworth, New York City has set a goal to curb carbon dioxide by 30 percent by the year 2017, with all areas of city government striving to reduce its carbon footprint. Photo Credit: Kenworth “Sixty-four percent of our fleet of vehicles is already running on some sort of alternative fuel,” said Keith Kerman, assistant commissioner for the parks department. “Some are even all electric, a few vehicles are solar powered, and many are CNG and hybrid powered. By the end of 2010, we’re projected to be up to 72 percent.” The 2010 goal is being reached, in part, by the recent addition of Kenworth T370 diesel-electric hybrids. The City has been placing 17 Kenworth hybrids into service – eight with rack bodies and lift gates and the rest with 5-yard dump bodies. The trucks were purchased through Gabrielli Kenworth. Source: Kenworth Kenworth Trucks For Sale On Commercial Truck Trader visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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New Holland P1070 Air Cart Boasts Expanded Payload

The New Holland homepage reports on the introduction of the new P1070 three-tank air cart with a 580-bushel tank capacity. Photo Credit: New Holland According to New Holland, with this payload, 150 bushels larger than New Holland’s previously largest air cart, producers boost efficiency by spending more time seeding and less time filling. Like all P Series air carts, the P1070 has a full range of capabilities to improve seeding and fertilizing productivity. “With the cost of seed and fertilizer, accuracy is extremely important and makes the farmer more profitable. They are not over-applying seed and fertilizer, which costs more, nor are they are under-applying, which can negatively affect yield,” says Miles Mackow, New Holland Segment Leader for Harvesting & Precision Farming Brand Marketing. Source: New Holland

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Now Hiring: The Trucking Industry Needs 400,000 Drivers

CNN Money reports that the U.S. trucking industry is looking for a few good drivers, around 400,000 good drivers that is. According to CNN Money, a report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals states the industry will need 200,000 by the end of this year, then another 200,000 by the close of 2011. Why are so many drivers needed? Reasons vary from replacing older drivers retiring to new safety regulations demanding better driving skills. Source: CNN Money visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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John Deere Construction & Forestry’s New Knuckleboom Loaders

The John Deere homepage features details on John Deere Construction & Forestry’s new Knuckleboom Loaders. Photo Credit: John Deere According to John Deere, productivity-increasing features include the fuel-efficient John Deere 6068 Tier 2 PowerTech engine with a high-pressure common rail electronic fuel injection system for improved cycle times and new Pressure Compensated Load Sensing (PCLS) hydraulic pumps with a dedicated swing pump to deliver responsive, efficient hydraulic power to all functions. Other updates to the D-Series 335D and 437D Knuckleboom Loaders include a heavy-duty swing bearing and pinion with taller gear teeth, bew improved hydraulic manifold, new standard display monitor and auto idle, which shifts the engine into low idle when levers haven’t been operated for a few seconds, conserving fuel.  Source: John Deere

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Sharp Increase In Demand For Trucks and Trailer Space Push Up Rates

The Journal of Commerce reports that freight brokers are seeing truckload rates rising 10 percent or more due to higher demand. According to the story, a sharp increase in the demand for trucks and trailer space have pushed up truckload rates, sometimes as high as 20 or even 30 percent in some markets. Due to a sour economy, capacity was cut. Now that demand is up, there are fewer trucks to go around. Source: The Journal of Commerce visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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New Generation of Clean Diesel Fuel Gets Expanded Availability Nationwide

The Diesel Technology Forum reports on the recent deadline related to the transition to ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD) for off-road uses. “Today is another milestone for clean diesel and clean air, as our nation’s farm tractors and construction machines will now have access to cleaner ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “Two-thirds of all farm and construction equipment rely on diesel engines due to their unique combination of power, fuel efficiency, economical ownership and operation and legendary reliability and durability.” This new fuel will contain 97 percent less sulfur than previous diesel fuel and will be available at retail facilities nationwide starting today, June 1, 2010. Construction and agricultural equipment manufacturers are well on their way to launching a new generation of low-emission clean diesel engines that will require this cleaner fuel. Source: The Diesel Technology Forum

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New Holland Agriculture Launches YouTube Channel Dedicated to Farming

New Holland has launched a dedicated YouTube channel as a resource for a wide variety of farm equipment-related information. The channel, www.youtube.com/NewHollandNA, currently has 36 videos covering topics ranging from making great hay to equipment at work in the fields, as well as, how-to tips and animated videos that reveal the inner workings of farm equipment. “Our YouTube channel creates an incredible opportunity to broadcast our brand and engage our audience with compelling content,” says New Holland’s North American Senior Director of Marketing David Greenberg. “We plan to keep adding new videos weekly that inform and entertain. We invite all viewers to subscribe to the channel and upload your agriculture, outdoor and farming related videos.” Source: New Holland

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Navistar Unveils eStar All-Electric Commercial Truck

Photo Credit: Navistar Navistar, Inc. has announced during a web conference with the U.S. Department of Energy and FedEx, that it will deliver to FedEx the first full-production eStar—Navistar’s all-electric commercial truck. The company is currently taking orders for the eStar and intends to deliver 400 units by the end of 2010. The eStar all-electric truck is the first medium-duty commercial vehicle to receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification as a clean fuel fleet vehicle as well as California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification as a zero emissions vehicle. This Class 2c-3 electric truck—the first in its category—has a range of 100 miles per charge, making it ideal for many urban applications. When it returns to its home base at the end of the day, it can be plugged in and fully recharged within 6-8 hours. Source: Navistar visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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New Caterpillar Mobile Shears for Large Excavators

Photo Credit: Caterpillar The new Cat S365C and S385C Mobile Shears for scrap processing and demolition applications feature bolt-on piercing tips for thorough protection in critical wear areas, easy maintenance for optimal piercing performance, and field serviceability without welding. The shears also feature structural changes for extended durability. The Cat bolt-on piercing tip design offers several advantages. The tip protects the moving jaw on both sides, effectively protecting the parent metal from wear as the moving jaw travels through the lower jaw. Additionally, the tip blades are fully reversible so that each blade provides two uses. Common hand tools are all that is needed to reverse the blades, and the tip can be maintained without moving the knives in the jaw. The result is faster and easier maintenance. The Cat tip also uses identical parts for both sides of the jaw. This makes maintaining spare parts inventory simpler for both Cat dealers and customers. Source: Caterpillar

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Capstone Working With US 1 Industries and CalMotors to Install C65 HEV Microturbine System in Class 8 Tractor-Trailer Truck

Capstone Turbine Corporation has announced it is working with trucking company US 1 Industries and CalMotors to install a Capstone C65 in a Class 8 tractor-trailer truck. The ultra low-emission C65 will serve as the on-board generator. US 1 Industries which operates over 1,400 trucks across the United States, will work with Capstone and CalMotors to install the low emission, microturbine powered electric drive system in a US 1 Class 8 truck that will serve the Port of Los Angeles and areas within 30 to 50 miles of the port. CalMotors develops electric and hybrid powertrain systems for cars, trucks, and other vehicles, identified the Class 8 truck as an excellent application for a Capstone microturbine. “The Capstone turbine is well suited as an on-board generator in trucks because of its outstanding emission profile, high efficiency and low vibration and noise levels,” said CalMotors Chief Executive Officer Mike Kasaba. Today’s hybrid-electric vehicles offer low emissions when driving in electric mode. However, their range is extremely short between battery charges. A microturbine dramatically extends the driving range of an HEV vehicle. Source: Capstone Turbine Corporation visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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New Leica PowerDigger 3D Provides Contractors Cable-Free Control Panel For 2D and 3D Applications

Photo Credit: Leica Geosystems Leica Geosystems has released its next-generation 3D guidance system for excavating construction machines, Leica PowerDigger 3D. Leica PowerDigger 3D expands on the unique PowerSnap concept, which provides total flexibility and interchangeability of machine control products and of machines such as excavators, dozers, and graders. Unique PowerSnap concept makes it easy to swap panels. Thanks to PowerSnap, machine guidance systems are no longer restricted to just one machine. PowerSnap allows users to swap panels between laser, slope, and 3D machine control completely seamlessly as the job demands. PowerSnap also provides a cable-free system: data communication via infrared and induction for power supply offer contractors high reliability and system uptime. Leica Geosystems provides machine control solutions for excavators, dozers, and graders that can now use the XC-16 control panel with the corresponding 2D or 3D software. PowerSnap also lets new customers manage their investment path as they move into machine control; offering complete backwards compatibility and affordable upgrade paths from traditional laser/slope control – all the way to 3D. Source: Leica Geosystems

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New Meritor Trailer Suspension Series Brings Performance Benefits to Truck-Trailer Operators

ArvinMeritor, Inc. has unveiled an all-new series of durable, trailing-arm air ride trailer suspensions to meet the needs of North American truck-trailer operators in vocational markets. The Meritor Trailing-Arm Air (MTA) series of top-mount and low-mount models completes the company’s lineup of air suspension solutions. Final customer integration and manufacturing readiness — on the first model, the MTA23 — continues through summer, with production launch in fall 2010. “We are focused on and committed to providing only the highest quality suspensions,” said Craig Frohock, general manager, Trailer Products, ArvinMeritor. The suspension series features three technology advancements with distinct operational benefits: Patented pivot bushing – absorbs road input resulting in a softer ride, more cargo protection, and reduced torsional stress on the vehicle’s structure. Patented steel interleaf shims in the bushing provide improved fore-aft stiffness aiding in dynamic axle alignment, better tire wear, and controlled roll steer. Larger, more robust shock absorbers – specifically tuned to Meritor suspension with three times the damping power, over competitors. Larger bore design for greater suspension control, and more consistent tire contact with the ground, reducing tire tread wear, improved braking and enhanced handling. Unique, patent-pending axle wrap design – for secure and durable axle connection. Also contributes to superior suspension durability, according to company engineers. Source: ArvinMeritor, Inc. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Case Equipment Partners With Ram Trucks

Photo Credit: Case IH Agricultural Equipment The Case IH Agricultural Equipment homepage reports that Case now has a partnership with Ram Trucks. According to the site, customers who buy Case construction equipment between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, will receive a $1000 bonus cash allowance toward the retail purchase or lease of a new Ram Heavy Duty pickup Chassis Cab truck. Source: Case Construction Equipment and Ram Trucks

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Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Rose 0.9% in March from February

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) homepage reports that the Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 0.9 percent in March from its February level, rising for the third consecutive month. The BTS reports the March Freight TSI rose 2.6 percent from March 2009, the first year-to-year increase in the freight index since July 2008. BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the Freight TSI index has risen 4.5 percent over the last 10 months, starting in June, after declining 15.3 percent in the previous 10 months beginning in August 2008. The index has increased in eight of the last 10 months. The index started 2010 with an increase of 1.6 percent in the first three months. The Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments in ton-miles, which are then combined into one index. The index measures the output of the for-hire freight transportation industry and consists of data from for-hire trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight. Source: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Navistar and J.B. Hunt Sign Five-Year Supply Agreement

The Navistar homepage reports that Navistar, Inc. and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. have announced that the two companies have reached a long-term supply agreement for Navistar to be the principal provider of International brand commercial trucks to J.B. Hunt through 2014. Photo Credit: Navistar “We’re excited to once again be J.B. Hunt’s principal commercial truck provider and look forward to delivering them International trucks with MaxxForce® engines as well as the full support of our parts and dealer network,” said Jack Allen, president of Navistar’s North American truck group. “J.B. Hunt is an industry leader and one of the most metric-driven transportation companies in the world,” Allen added. “They have tested our ProStar with MaxxForce 13 engine and this agreement demonstrates their confidence in the fuel economy, overall performance and no-hassle approach of our MaxxForce Advanced EGR engines.” Navistar will deliver the International ProStar+ sleepers and day cabs powered by 2010 EPA certified MaxxForce 13 big bore engines. Source: Navistar visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Heavy Equipment Shows Off at Bauma 2010 by Dunking Baskets and Making Snack Food

Heavy equipment manufacturers are always trying to prove the flexibility and user-friendliness of their new models. It appears that digging holes and picking up heavy loads isn’t enough anymore. To make a big impression, heavy equipment now plays basketball and prepares tasty snacks. The Digger Construction Equipment Blog reports on unique equipment demos at the 2010 Bauma International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery held recently in Munich, Germany. Photo Source: Digger According to Digger, a demo of a Caterpillar M315D gave participants a chance to use the mighty machine to plunk ten basketballs through a hoop. Can your Wii video game system do this? Photo Source: Digger Another demo by Swedish equipment manufacturer Huddig featured an operator cutting up sausages, buttering crackers, and pouring beer with a Huddig 1060B guided by remote control. Yummy! Source: Digger: The Construction Equipment Blog

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Cat 336D L Hydraulic Excavator Delivers Expanded Versatility and High Productivity

The Caterpillar homepage features details on the Cat 336D L Hydraulic Excavator. Photo Credit: Caterpillar According to Caterpillar, the 336D L features greater performance, flexibility and versatility compared to the C-Series model. A new, spacious cab and new styling also set the D-Series apart from previous machines. And additional guarding for demolition applications helps ensure reliability and durability in demanding tasks. The 336D L has more engine power and hydraulic pressure than the C-Series model. The result is increased breakout force and greater lift force, which create faster cycle times and superior productivity. The heavy lift circuit is now standard on D-Series models. At the touch of a switch, heavy lift will boost hydraulic pressure for increased lift performance. Source: Caterpillar

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Navistar Adds New Dealers in Key Markets

Navistar, Inc. recently announced changes in its dealer network that will strengthen its distribution and service channel. Photo Credit: International Trucks“As conditions in the truck market continue to put more pressure on our customers, we are committed to providing them with North America’s most complete and capable dealer network,” said Jack Allen, president of Navistar’s North American Truck Group. “Through the addition of these five new dealers, we are demonstrating our commitment to bring the best talent available into the International dealer channel. With a growth-oriented business plan, great products and the best after-sales support network, we’ve been able to attract and maintain the best dealers in the industry.” According to Navistar, through the combination of several dealerships in southern Georgia and West Virginia, the pending ownership change in Utah/Idaho and the addition this week of new dealers in Arizona and Indiana, Navistar is changing the game in its level of distribution and customer support in these markets. Source: Navistar visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Resolution Could be Near for Mexico/U.S. Cross-Border Trucking Program

Trucking Info reports that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently said during a hearing in Washington D.C. that a resolution over the disputed cross-border trucking program with Mexico was “very close”. Originally part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the cross-border program would have permitted fewer restrictions on truck traffic along the U.S./Mexico border, but has been tied up due to concerns over truck safety and trade issues. Source: Trucking Info visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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John Deere Power Systems Receives EPA and EU Interim Tier 4/Stage III B Certifications for Off-Highway

Photo Credit: John Deere John Deere Power Systems recently announced that their PowerTech PVX 9.0L and PowerTech PSX 9.0L models are the first of their off-highway 56 kW (75 hp) and above engines to be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and European Union (EU) as compliant with the Interim Tier 4 and Stage III B regulations. “The EPA and EU certifications of our 9.0L engines are tremendous milestones for JDPS, and demonstrate our commitment to the environment. The timing of the certification — and being one of the first manufacturers to certify Interim Tier 4/Stage III B engines — reinforces John Deere’s leadership in the off-highway engine market,” said Doug Laudick, product planning manager for JDPS. “We believe our chosen technology path provides the best value for Interim Tier 4/Stage III B, and the certifications are proof that our emission reduction technologies are paying off for the environment and our customers.” Source: John Deere

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New Plan Introduced to Get Cleaner Trucks on the Road

Photo Credit: The Port of Los Angeles The Charleston Regional Business Journal reports on an environmental sustainability program to help trucking lines update their fleets with cleaner trucks. The plan was presented by The Coalition for Responsible Transport, which includes retail giants such as Walmart, Lowe’s, and Target, during the Greenport Americas conference taking place in Charleston, South Carolina May 4th to 6th. According to the story, the plan is voluntary and asks that private sector companies pay more for shipping and offer volume assurances to cover the cost of updating truck fleets with newer, cleaner models. Source: The Charleston Regional Business Journal visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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CommercialTruckTrader.com Launches Mobile Site

CommercialTruckTrader.com has announced the “mobilization” of its portal. With this launch, more than 60,000 trucks and trailers for sale can be viewed using any mobile phone that has internet access. “Accessing online information through mobile phones has exploded, and it will only continue to grow. Making our portal accessible from mobile phones is a no-brainer,” said Mark Bondi, Director of Sales & Marketing. The release of CommercialTruckTrader.com’s mobile site follows closely on the heels of the release of its free iPhone app within the Apple Store. Since its release, close to 2,000 people have downloaded the app. Source: Commercial Truck Trader visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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EquipmentTraderOnline.com Launches Mobile Site

EquipmentTraderOnline.com has announced the “mobilization” of its portal. With this launch, more than 40,000 pieces of construction, farming, lifting, forestry and grounds care equipment for sale can be viewed using any mobile phone that has internet access. “Accessing online information through mobile phones has exploded, and it will only continue to grow. Making our portal accessible from mobile phones is a no-brainer,” said Mark Bondi, Director of Sales & Marketing. The release of EquipmentTraderOnline.com’s mobile site follows closely on the heels of the release of its free iPhone app within the Apple Store. Since its release, close to 3,000 people have downloaded the app, contributing to the 30% growth in traffic to EquipmentTraderOnline.com. “This has been an exciting spring. Taking EquipmentTraderOnline.com mobile is only the latest in a series of initiatives which have expanded the value of the services we provide to our dealers,” Bondi noted. “And the data is looking good. Leads are up and our customers are beginning to sell more equipment.” Source: Equipment Trader Online

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2011 Hino 268 and Peterbilt Model 384 Named as the American Truck Dealers (ATD) Commercial Truck of the Year for 2010

American Truck Dealers reports that the Peterbilt Model 384 and the 2011 Hino 268 have been awarded the titles as the American Truck Dealers Commercial Truck of the Year for 2010. The ATD Commercial Truck of the Year recognizes one winner from the medium-duty truck category (classes 3-7) and another from the heavy-duty truck category (class 8). The medium-duty contest was new for 2010. Judging criteria was based on innovation, design, fuel economy, driver and owner satisfaction, ease of maintenance and safety. The judging panel consists of journalists from leading truck publications in North America. Photo Credit: Peterbilt Peterbilt.com describes the Peterbilt Model 384 as EPA SmartWay compliant with fuel savings of between 10 and 20 percent and significantly reduced NOx, particulate matter and other air pollutants. The Model 384 also offers a more fuel-efficient aerodynamic design and reduced chassis weight. Photo Credit: Hino Trucks “We are honored to be the first recipient of the ATD medium duty Commercial Truck of the Year award,” said Sumio Fukaya, president and CEO of Hino Motors Sales U.S.A., Inc. “This is a true testament to the hard work of our design team and their efforts to produce a truck that meets the demanding needs of our customers.” “Hino’s 2011 model year trucks, assembled in Williamstown, W.Va., will be the only conventional medium duty trucks not to use credits to meet the stringent 2010 EPA emissions regulations,” Fukaya said. Source: American Truck Dealers, Peterbilt, […]

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Commercial Truck Trader Visits The American Truck Dealers Convention and Expo in Orlando, Florida

Mark Bondi reports from the ATD Convention and Expo, which runs April 23-26, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando. During the convention, truck dealers will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with their manufacturer representatives at 12 franchise meetings and with suppliers on the expo floor. More than a dozen workshop sessions will be offered for dealers and their managers to learn ways to improve their business operations. Source: National Automobile Dealers Association visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Caterpillar and Demlone Take Demolition To New Heights with DEM50

The Caterpillar homepage features details on the DEM50 ultra high demolition (UHD) machine manufactured by Demlone. The DEM50 offers a flexible working height of 18, 21 or 23 meters and can carry a work tool weighing up to 3,000 kilograms throughout most of the working range. This means improved performance and versatility for demolition contractors compared to previous models available from Caterpillar dealers. Photo Credit: Caterpillar The DEM 50 is the first machine resulting from a close cooperation between Caterpillar and Demlone, a subsidiary of a French demolition equipment specialist Vensys Group. Built on the Caterpillar 336D L demolition duty hydraulic excavator, Demlone manufactures the front-end structures and assembles the completed machine. Utilising the undercarriage of the robust Cat® 336D with purpose-built, strengthened heavy-duty upper frames, the DEM50 offers working heights of 18, 21 and 23 meters, from a modular boom and stick system. Its demolition equipment is made up of a main boom section, 3-meter and 5-meter boom extensions and a single stick, allowing contractors to rapidly change between the three different working heights. Photo Credit: Caterpillar The machine is equipped with a hydraulic boom foot quick coupler, with the lower pins being controlled hydraulically from the cab. All of the hydraulic hoses between the boom foot and the main boom structure are equipped with quick disconnects, so that the boom configuration can be changed in 20 minutes, far less than the 3-4 hours of previous machines. A standard […]

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PACCAR Announces Improved First Quarter Revenues and Earnings

Photo Credit: Kenworth The PACCAR homepage reports improved revenues and net income for the first quarter of 2010. “PACCAR’s results reflect the benefits of stronger truck sales in North America and an improvement in financial services profits and parts revenues worldwide,” said Mark C. Pigott, chairman and chief executive officer. “I am very proud of our 15,000 employees who have delivered superior results to our shareholders and customers in a very challenging recession. PACCAR’s excellent performance in profitability, shareholder return and new product development, against a backdrop of a very difficult global automotive industry, is remarkable.” “PACCAR’s strong balance sheet and positive cash flow have enabled the company to maintain ongoing investments to enhance operating efficiency and develop innovative products such as the PACCAR MX diesel engine and introduce many new truck models. These investments contribute to the company’s long-term growth,” noted Pigott. Source: PACCAR visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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More Than 150 Customers and Dealers Attend “Volvo Power Summit” at Volvo Powertrain Plant

Photo Credit: Volvo Trucks North America The Volvo Trucks North America homepage reports that more than 150 customers and dealers attended the “Volvo Power Summit” at the Volvo Powertrain plant in Hagerstown, Md. on April 7th. As a result of Volvo’s extensive testing program, and a $150 million investment in engine development, testing and assembly facilities in Hagerstown, the Volvo D11, D13 and D16 engines deliver up to 5% better fuel economy than the previous generation of engine technology, with near-zero emissions. This was accomplished without using emissions credits. Photo Credit: Volvo Trucks North America “We wanted our customers to come away from this event fully confident that Volvo Trucks’ EPA2010 technology will get the job done better than any other option they could choose,” said Ron Huibers, senior vice president – sales & marketing. “We’ve shown repeatedly that Volvo is ready. In fact, Volvo has been building production trucks with EPA’10 technology for almost six months now. We have hundreds in daily operation with customers – customers who are reaping the benefits of Volvo’s proven selective catalytic reduction emissions control and our industry-leading engine technology through fuel savings, improved performance, excellent reliability and our integrated powertrain strategy. And like our trucks, these Volvo engines are assembled here in the United States.” Source: Volvo Trucks North America visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Daimler Trucks North America Introduces Special Offers and Industry Tips Through Email

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced they now offer commercial truck and bus operators the option to receive email notification of valuable special offers containing hundreds of dollars in instant savings on commonly-used parts, service and preventive maintenance repairs. Also included in the emails are useful tips containing the latest industry news and information about rapidly changing technology. DTNA is the first and only OEM in the industry to provide such information by individual retail dealer and distributor location on its company websites. “We understand how challenging it is to compete in today’s market,” said Todd Hooper, director of Parts and Service Marketing for DTNA. “Now customers can access real-time special parts and service offers in a clear format. We know that trucking companies and owner/operators want to keep their vehicle operation costs low, no matter where they are or what commercial vehicle they drive.” Source: Daimler Trucks North America visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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The Bobcat 324 Excavator

Photo Credit: Bobcat The Bobcat homepage features details on the new Bobcat 324 compact excavator, equipped with a redesigned work group to reach farther, dig deeper and dump higher. The new 324 excavator is a Conventional Tail Swing unit in the 1.5-ton operating class. Its boom cylinder is attached to the top of the boom instead of the bottom, giving it more protection from damage while digging. It also features a lighter-weight yet durable boom fabrication with cast pivot joints. As a result, the 324 offers a maximum dig depth of 8 feet 6 inches, reach at ground level of 14 feet, and dump height clearance of 8 feet 8 inches — all of which are best in class. The undercarriage on the 324 excavator hydraulically retracts to a width of just 38.6 inches for travel through gates and doorways, or alongside homes. Source: Bobcat

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New John Deere 900 KH-Series Tracked Harvesters Offer Extra Power and Productivity

The John Deere homepage reports on the new 900 KH-Series Tracked Harvesters. According to John Deere, this new harvester offers extra power and productivity to take on the toughest trees, with dual power options at 300 hp or the industry-first 330 hp. Photo Credit: John Deere The 900s feature a larger displacement Tier 3 PowerTech Plus™ 9.0L engine that delivers the power needed to move, swing and harvest faster due to dual swing motors for high torque and a power management system that makes sure no power is wasted. “What we’ve heard in the woods is that our 903KH and 909KH Harvesters get more done and cover more ground so operators can take on more of the forest,” said Elliott Little, Product Marketing Manager, Tracked Harvesters and Tracked Feller Bunchers. “These machines are packed with customer-driven features and are sure to provide superior uptime and productivity while lowering daily operating costs.” Source: John Deere

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Daimler Trucks North America’s Mercedes-Benz Engines Rank Highest in Vocational Engine Segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Heavy-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study

Photo Credit: DetroitDiesel.com Daimler Trucks North America recently announced that its Mercedes-Benz engines have received the award for “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Vocational Heavy-Duty Truck Engines” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Heavy Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Studysm. According to Daimler Trucks North America, the results from the 2009 Heavy Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study were based on interviews with 2,421 owner/operators and fleet managers of heavy duty trucks. “We are pleased with the results of this recent J.D. Power and Associates study and award. Considering the engines included in this survey are entirely comprised of our legacy models, like the MBE4000, we feel that our customers can expect even better performance and support from our new lineup of engines – the DD13™, DD15™, and soon to be launched DD16™. Our new engines are proving to be industry benchmarks for efficiency, reliability and power,” said Amanda Phillips, manager, product marketing for Detroit Diesel who distributes Mercedes-Benz engines in the U.S. Source: Daimler Trucks visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Caterpillar Introduces XQ1250G Natural Gas Generator Set for Mobile Applications

Caterpillar has announced the availability of the XQ1250G natural gas mobile generator set. Sold and rented exclusively through Cat dealers, it is rated for continuous operation at 1,250 kW 480/277 V 60 Hz. Photo Credit: Caterpillar According to Caterpillar, the Cat XQ1250G is an easily transportable, self-contained, natural gas power plant. It offers an easy-to-use control system to parallel with other Cat generators or with an electric utility. “Many factors have contributed to development of Cat natural gas generator set rental units,” said Electric Power Rental Marketing Manager, Scott Heppner, Caterpillar Inc. “The industry is demanding cleaner, more efficient mobile power. Customers want to be able to meet both budget and sustainability targets. Given the rising demand for lower carbon fuels, increased gas pipeline availability and decreased natural gas pricing – the XQ1250G is a good fit for those in the market for 1MW+ mobile units.” Source: Caterpillar

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Equipment Trader Magazine to be Available at No Charge

Equipment Trader has announced a significant shift in how magazines will be distributed. Beginning in May, Equipment Trader’s magazines will be available at no charge, as opposed to being sold through stores. “Information today is free. Now, so are our magazines,” said Mark Bondi, Director of Sales & Marketing. “This move is part of our larger plan to expand the value of our equipment dealers receive. We are staying current with today’s marketplace and leveraging technology more effectively for our dealers,” added Bondi. The shift is expected to significantly increase the readership of the Trader publications, driving greater results for those who advertise in them. The Trader publications will continue to available at convenience stores around the county. A complete list of these locations can be found at EquipmentTraderOnline.com. “The change to our print business comes as we continue to see the rapid expansion of our online business services,” Bondi noted. “Our print distribution will now be aligned with how we engage our online audience of equipment buyers.” Equipment Trader has a series of planned online releases this spring specifically for its online advertisers,” A new source of leads, called “Locator Leads,” will become available to dealers on EquipmentTraderOnline.com. In addition, dealers will have access to monthly business intelligence reports which give insight into how a dealer’s pricing compares to others in a given market and how that pricing is impacting results. “Our dealers are going to absolutely love what […]

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Commercial Truck Trader Magazine to be Available at No Charge

Commercial Truck Trader has announced a significant shift in how magazines will be distributed. Beginning in May, Commercial Truck Trader’s magazines will be available at no charge, as opposed to being sold through stores. “Information today is free. Now, so are our magazines,” said Mark Bondi, Director of Sales & Marketing. “This move is part of our larger plan to expand the value of our truck dealers receive. We are staying current with today’s marketplace and leveraging technology more effectively for our dealers,” added Bondi. The shift is expected to significantly increase the readership of the Trader publications, driving greater results for those who advertise in them. The Trader publications will continue to available at convenience stores around the county. A complete list of these locations can be found at CommercialTruckTrader.com. “The change to our print business comes as we continue to see the rapid expansion of our online business services,” Bondi noted. “Our print distribution will now be aligned with how we engage our online audience of truck buyers.” Commercial Truck Trader has a series of planned online releases this spring specifically for its online advertisers,” A new source of leads, called “Locator Leads,” will become available to dealers on CommercialTruckTrader.com. In addition, dealers will have access to monthly business intelligence reports which give insight into how a dealer’s pricing compares to others in a given market and how that pricing is impacting results. “Our dealers are going to […]

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Big Crowds at the Mid-America Trucking Show

Here are some more photos from Commercial Truck Trader at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, running March 25-27. Don’t forget the special giveaway. We’ll be giving away two $100 Wal-Mart gift cards. To enter, people will have to text the word “Driver” to 44733, or stop by either our booth (#13252) or the Careers in Gear booth (#67004) and register. Drawings will take place at 4 pm on Friday at the CIG booth and at 11 am on Saturday at our booth. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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More Photos of Commercial Truck Trader at the Mid-America Trucking Show

Here are some more photos from Commercial Truck Trader at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, running March 25-27. First day at MATS, attendance is way up at CommercialTruckTrader.com booth #13252 this year. Commercial Truck Trader sales consultant John Merner talks “trucks” with a visitor to the booth. Lots of interest in the annual MATS show book published by Commercial Truck Trader…more than 100,000 magazines in circulation. Chris Baker (right) and Brett Scott of CareersinGear.com, tell visitors at MATS about their industry-leading trucking jobs website. It’s starting to get a good crowd. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Commercial Truck Trader Sets Up For The Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky on March 25-27

Commercial Truck Trader is attending the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville March 25-27. Here are some photos and video from before the show. Exhibitors are setting up for the show in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Charles Bowles and Mark Bondi talk about setting up for the show. These photos are kind of like pulling back the curtain and showing our visitors what it’s like before a huge trade show gets underway. It’s as if several hundred people building a small city in a day. It is loud, dusty and lots of forklifts and trucks moving equipment and booth pieces. Don’t forget the special giveaway. We’ll be giving away two $100 Wal-Mart gift cards. To enter, people will have to text the word “Driver” to 44733, or stop by either our booth (#13252) or the Careers in Gear booth (#67004) and register. Drawings will take place at 4 pm on Friday at the CIG booth and at 11 am on Saturday at our booth. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Visit Commercial Truck Trader at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky on March 25-27

Commercial Truck Trader will be at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville March 25-27. While we’re at the show, we’re running a special giveaway. We’ll be giving away two $100 Wal-Mart gift cards. To enter, people will have to text the word “Driver” to 44733, or stop by either our booth (#13252) or the Careers in Gear booth (#67004) and register. Drawings will take place at 4 pm on Friday at the CIG booth and at 11 am on Saturday at our booth. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Caterpillar Contemplating Shift of Excavator Production from Japan to United States; Plan Could Double Number of U.S. Employees Building Excavators

Photo Credit: Caterpillar Caterpillar has announced it has undertaken a study that could lead to a new hydraulic excavator facility being built in the United States. Such a move could triple the current capacity of hydraulic excavators now produced by the company in the U.S. and significantly increase Caterpillar’s employment in the U.S. dedicated to excavator production. Photo Credit: Caterpillar “The study is based on the current analysis of where the global excavator market is heading and how Caterpillar should position itself for continued leadership in the excavator industry,” said Gary Stampanato, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for excavators. Currently, the company only produces two excavator models at a facility in Aurora, Ill., where it also produces wheel loaders, soil and landfill compactors, wheel dozers and components. If the contemplated decision is finalized, the new facility would manufacture the two models now made in Aurora, as well as several additional excavator models now produced in Japan and exported to the United States. Photo Credit: Caterpillar “The excavator business is highly competitive and continues to evolve with a diverse and growing number of manufacturers around the world,” Stampanato added. “As the global leader in the construction and mining equipment industry, it is imperative for Caterpillar to refine its excavator manufacturing strategy in order to provide customers with the products that will make them more productive and profitable.” Source: Caterpillar

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Kenworth Announces 2010 Engine Offerings for Medium Duty Trucks

Kenworth Truck Company reports the announcement its 2010 engine offering for its medium duty product lineup during a press conference today at The Work Truck Show in St. Louis. Photo Credit: Kenworth “The 2010 PACCAR PX-6 and PACCAR PX-8 engines offer enhancements in torque and horsepower options which will provide greater benefits to Kenworth customers in a variety of medium duty applications,” said Jason Skoog, Kenworth director of marketing planning and research. “Both engines feature a fully integrated electronic control system for increased power density, enhanced reliability and serviceability, and optimized performance.” The 2010 PACCAR PX-6 and PACCAR PX-8 engines are both available for the Kenworth T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 models. The Kenworth T170 Class 5 vehicle is available with the 2010 PACCAR PX-6 engine. Photo Credit: Kenworth For 2010, Kenworth offers three diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank options for the medium duty market. Useable DEF capacities are 6.6, 9 and 18 gallons which provide diesel fuel capacities of 110, 150 and 300 gallons, respectively. Source: Kenworth visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Freightliner Trucks Enhances Business Class M2 106V

Photo Credit: Freightliner Freightliner Trucks has showcased the new improvements made to the Business Class M2 106V at the Work Truck Show. The Business Class M2 106V boasts updated features that enhance performance and efficiency while also accommodating the new 2010 emissions requirements. The versatile Business Class M2 106V is ideal for medium and heavy-duty vocational applications requiring a front engine PTO and front frame extensions, such as refuse collection, snow plowing, crane and utility operations and fire/emergency needs. “With the enhancements we’ve made to the Business Class M2 106V, we have the next generation of one of our most versatile vocational trucks,” said Melissa Clausen, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “We’ve further extended the options for our vocational customers while meeting the stringent 2010 emissions standards.” Source: Freightliner Trucks visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Case Wins Multiple Industry Awards For Product Introductions

Case Construction Equipment received awards from three leading industry publications for 2009 product launches and innovations. Photo Credit: Case Construction Equipment Construction Equipment magazine and RER (Rental Equipment Register) both honored Case for innovation in the company’s introduction of joystick steering for Case E Series wheel loaders. And Better Roads magazine named the Case 650L crawler dozer one of the “Top 20 Rollouts” of 2009. Photo Credit: Case Construction Equipment Including Case on its coveted Top 100 Products list for 2009, Construction Equipment headlined, “To the relief of shoulder-sore operators, Case Construction Equipment provides joystick-steering option on loaders from 2-cubic-yard model up.” The magazine said the innovation will “cut operator fatigue and boost machine productivity in repetitive-cycle operations such as scrap and recycling, agriculture, utilities and material handling.” RER magazine likewise applauded the benefits joystick steering provides in enhancing efficiency, productivity and operator comfort. Source: Case Construction Equipment

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More Images From the Deep South, Southern and Southeastern Equipment Dealers Annual Meeting

EquipmentTraderOnline.com is attending Deep South / Southern / Southeastern Equipment Associations meeting in New Orleans. Feb. 21-24 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Dealers were deeply engaged in the seminars designed to successfully grow by changing the culture of the people within the dealership. Later on there was panel of equipment manufacturers to answer questions.

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CommercialTruckTrader.com Focuses On Search Engine Optimization to Better Serve Customers

By Mark BondiAs CommercialTruckTrader.com continues to expand offerings for our customers in 2010, one of the areas where we are focusing our energy is search engine optimization. The more traffic we have on our site, the more leads our dealers/customers will get. We’ve already seen growth of 25% over same time last year in visitors to our site. This week I am attending the 2010 Online Marketing Summit in San Diego, CA to see what the thought leaders are talking about in the area of search engine marketing. We are genuinely excited to convert these insights into more value for our Dealers. Stay tuned for more updates. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Fuel Saving Devices for Trucks Under Development by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NASA, and Navistar

Photo Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Some of the same labs that work with astronauts and jet fighter pilots are developing ways to help truckers save money on fuel costs. According to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory website, the lab has teamed with Navistar Inc., NASA’s Ames Research Center, the U.S. Air Force and industry to develop and test devices for reducing the aerodynamic drag of semi-trucks. Photo Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory The devices could increase fuel efficiency by as much as 12 percent and could prevent 36 million tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere annually, roughly the same amount of CO2 that is emitted from four 1-gigawatt power plants every year. Semi-trucks on U.S. highways could save the nation more than $10 billion annually in diesel fuel costs in a few years. “This is a significant step toward reducing the United States’ dependency on fossil fuels,” LLNL Director George Miller said. “This collaborative effort is a testament to the value of the science and technology developed at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s labs for use in industry.” Photo Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Aerodynamic drag is caused from pressure differences around the vehicle. At highway speeds, a semi-truck uses more than 50 percent of the energy produced by the vehicle engine to overcome aerodynamic drag, while rolling resistance consumes roughly 30 percent of the usable energy. Along with 30 years of prior semi-truck aerodynamic […]

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Equipment Trader Attends Deep South / Southern / Southeastern Equipment Associations Meeting in New Orleans

EquipmentTraderOnline.com is attending Deep South / Southern / Southeastern Equipment Associations meeting in New Orleans. Feb. 21-24 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Over 330 dealers are attending this important meeting being held at the Ritz-Carlton. Registration begins at 10 am, and the vendors are feverishly working to get set up in time to meet and greet with the 330+ registered dealers attending the show. Some featured events over the course of the next three days include the following seminars: Monday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., “Creating a High Performance Dealership.” Tuesday, 10:30 to 12:15 p.m., “Surviving and Thriving in a Tough Market.” Tuesday, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., “Becoming a Successful Dealer – Manufacturers’ Pane with representatives from AGCO, Case/IH, John Deere, Kubota and New Holland. TraderMedia East Coast Regional Manager Brian Dawson and Charles Bowles are looking forward to this year’s event and hope to see you there! Here’s a video from Charles Bowles at the show.

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John Deere Introduces State-Of-The-Art Motor Grader Operator Training Simulator

John Deere’s homepage features details about the new John Deere Motor Grader Operator Training Simulator. “We’re responding to an industry shortage of skilled operators with an excellent tool for attracting and training new operators to run one of the most complex machines on a jobsite,” said Michael Hoeg, senior instructional designer and developer, John Deere Training Center. Photo Credit: John Deere “Overall, Deere’s operator training simulators are a cost-effective, safe and efficient way to train new operators in a risk-free environment.” The new motor grader simulator provides highly detailed and realistic lessons teaching proper technique, machine controls and safe operation, all in a virtual jobsite – without fuel or operating costs, risks to equipment or personnel, downtime, or emissions. Motor grader simulator lessons feature real-world situations, complete with jobsite hazards, potential safety violations, hand signals, budget-based scoring and replica machine controls. Photo Credit: John Deere The simulator’s controls include a steering wheel, foot pedals and the electronic armrest-mounted fingertip controls from the new G-Series grader. The fingertip controls are arranged in the industry-standard pattern, so knowledge gained will transfer to mechanical-style controls. “The new grader simulator also has Deere’s exclusive simulator ‘head tracking’ technology, which means wherever the simulator operator looks, the camera in the simulator looks,” Hoeg said. “This is very exciting and useful on a grader, where you are constantly looking at either side of the blade.”Nine Detailed Lessons Photo Credit: John Deere Because motor graders are one […]

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Freightliner Trucks Partners with Allison Transmission to Offer Optimized Drive-line Packages for Vocational Trucks

Freightliner Trucks has announced a partnership with Allison Transmission, Inc. to offer Allison Optimized packages for vocational markets. Photo Credit: Freightliner Trucks Freightliner Trucks reports Allison Optimized is a holistic approach to configuring a vehicle’s driveline that delivers optimal performance, durability, fuel efficiency and driveline protection for specific vocational trucks. Partnered with Freightliner Truck’s industry leading vocational chassis, customers can expect a truck that is spec’d for optimum performance and ready to tackle the day to day rigors of vocational applications. Freightliner Trucks launched this new venture at the World of Concrete trade show, February 2-5, in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the show, the Allison Optimized Packages will be featured on the all-new Freightliner Coronado dump truck and Freightliner Business Class M2 trucks. Photo Credit: Freightliner Trucks “Freightliner is an industry leader in durability, reliability and efficiency. The essence of our Run Smart branding is integrated into every aspect of our product, including its components. The Allison Optimized partnership not only reinforces our brand positioning of efficient business solutions but takes it to the next level,” said Melissa Clausen, Director of Product Marketing, Freightliner Trucks. Allison Optimized packages will be featured on Freightliner chassis for specific vocational applications beginning in the second quarter of 2010. Additional Allison Optimized Packages will be introduced throughout the year that target vocational and over the road segments. Source: Freightliner Trucks visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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MVASIST Gives Mack Customers More Uptime, Control Over Service Experience

The Mack Truck homepage features information on MVASIST, an Internet-based system from Mack Trucks, Inc., that gives truck fleet managers control over their service experiences. MVASIST brings all information and communication about a truck service event into one online folder. This advance streamlines communications and the service write-up process to improve vehicle uptime, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction. Here’s video on YouTube from Fleet Owner about MVASIST. MVASIST addresses concerns and complaints voiced by fleet managers about typical industry-wide truck service customer experiences in a study released by the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations in 2009. MVASIST makes possible: Consistent service processes Fleet- and truck-specific information tied to each service event Complete, timesaving, recorded online communications between service providers and the customer. Mack dealers and service providers use MVASIST to assemble consistent, complete, professional estimates of service recommendations, including standard repair times, regardless of which dealer in the Mack network performs the service. The system also delivers fleet and vehicle-specific information, including warranty coverage and previously negotiated parts pricing. More than 240 dealers in the Mack network are currently enrolled in the MVASIST system, with full participation planned for the end of 2010. Source: Mack Trucks and Fleet Owner visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Kenworth and PACCAR Financial Introduce No-Cost, Extended Warranty Program For Class 8 Customers

Kenworth Truck Company and PACCAR Financial recently announced the introduction of a new Extended Warranty Program for U.S. customers who purchase new 2010 emission-compliant Kenworth Class 8 factory trucks that meet eligibility requirements. Photo Credit: Kenworth Under the new program, eligible Kenworth customers will receive a no-cost, 3-year / 300,000-mile basic vehicle extended warranty by choosing PACCAR Financial to finance purchases of new Kenworth Class 8 trucks with standard highway warranty. Photo Credit: Kenworth “Kenworth and PACCAR Financial stand firmly behind new Kenworth Class 8 trucks ordered from the factory and equipped with the new environmentally friendly, 2010 emission-compliant engines,” said Gary Moore, Kenworth assistant general manager for marketing and sales. “In the United States, our Extended Warranty Program’s bonus two years of warranty coverage carries a value of more than $2,900 per eligible truck. Customers also benefit from PACCAR Financial’s competitive financing packages and services combined with The World’s Best® trucks from Kenworth.” The offer is available on Kenworth trucks ordered on or after Jan. 26, 2010. This program will be offered for a short time and quantities are limited. Source: Kenworth visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Video From World Of Concrete 2010 in Las Vegas – The Mood is "Optimistically Cautious"

Equipment Trader’s Mark Bondi interviews Bill and Joan Dawson from Clean Seal about the mood at the 2010 World Of Concrete show. Clean Seal’s product line includes extruded rubber, grip seals, trim seals, trim moldings, locking bulb wipers, and injected molded parts. They are just one of the many participants in this year’s World of Concrete show. Equipment Trader personnel at the booth at World of Concrete. From left to right: Mike Eichler, Mark Bondi, Dave Zenk and Roger Sanford (seated). World of Concrete continues through February 5th at Las Vegas Convention Center.

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World of Concrete in Las Vegas Continues Today

Equipment Trader is spending another day at World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Charles Bowles sent us this photo from the monorail station overlooking the outside exhibits. The Equipment Trader team will be posting updates from the show on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Check out Equipment Trader on… Twitter: http://twitter.com/EquipmentTrader Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/equipmenttrader

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Equipment Trader Visits World Of Concrete 2010 in Las Vegas

Equipment Trader is visiting the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas. Charles Bowles sent us video from the show. Equipment Trader is in booth N2448 at World of Concrete. Be sure to pay them a visit if you are at the show. Here is video of Mark Bondi from the show. Mark mentions the new Equipment Trader iPhone app in the video. If you haven’t seen it yet, the Equipment Trader iPhone app makes more than 50,000 heavy equipment listings searchable from the palm of the hand. The free Equipment Trader application can be downloaded from the business section of the iTunes Store by searching the key phrase “Equipment Trader.” Here is the app in action. Source: Equipment Trader

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New Features Make the Cat 973D Track Loader More Powerful, Productive and Fuel-Efficient — Plus Easier to Operate

The Caterpillar home page has details on the new 973D, featuring load-sensing hydraulics, joystick steering, new operator’s station (with tilting cab) and 10 percent more power than its 973C predecessor. Photo Credit: Caterpillar According to Caterpillar, the new loader carries on the 973C’s “all-purpose performer” reputation and retains much of its solid design, including the Cat C9 engine, hydrostatic drive, single-fabrication mainframe, Z-bar loader linkage and oscillating undercarriage. The 973D is a “one-machine workforce” with the features to take on the toughest jobs—at construction sites or in the harsh environments of steel mills, landfills, quarries and demolition sites. Photo Credit: Caterpillar Complementing the new hydraulic system are lift and tilt cylinders using position-sensing electronics, which allow operators to set lift and tilt kick-outs from the cab. Kick-outs are quickly reset for each job—or even each truck—to assure fast cycle times. In addition, end-of-travel snubbing assures that cylinders stop smoothly with less shock. Source: Caterpillar

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Chrome Shop Mafia Tricks Out Freightliner Cascadia and Coronado

The Freightliner homepage reports two of the sleekest trucks on the road today – the Freightliner Cascadia and the all-new Coronado – were recently handed over to the Chrome Shop Mafia to trick out. Photo Credit: Freightliner The Chrome Shop Mafia, based in Joplin, Mo., is notorious for overhauling big rigs that have seen better days. When presented with the opportunity to customize two brand new Freightliner trucks, they were up for the challenge. “Both the Cascadia and the Coronado are great looking trucks with first rate performance — we couldn’t wait to see how the Chrome Shop Mafia would blend style with efficiency, and take the trucks to the next level” said Melissa Clausen, director of product marketing, Freightliner Trucks. Photo Credit: Freightliner “The entire crew had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Coronado for some time, and when it came – wow!” said Bryan “Bossman” Martin. “This is our kind of truck – with its long hood, traditional front end, exposed tanks and boxes, and a pretty respectable wheelbase. This rig offers a lot of potential!” Source: Freightliner visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Navistar’s Pure Power Technologies Acquires Holley EGR Valve Technology

Photo Credit: Navistar Navistar, Inc. has acquired from Holley Performance Products, Inc. certain assets including intellectual property rights to some of Holley’s valve technology for diesel engine exhaust-gas recirculation systems. Pure Power Technologies LLC, a Navistar company, will manufacture the advanced EGR valve at its Blythewood, S.C., plant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “This aligns with our business strategy of controlling our destiny by gaining control of critical component technologies which drive differentiation in today’s modern diesel engines,” said Eric Tech, president, Navistar Engine Group, which will use the EGR valve across its line of MaxxForce brand big bore commercial diesels. Source: International Trucks visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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New Holland High-Clearance Tractor Gives Vegetable and Specialty Crop Farmers More Power and Precise Movement

Photo Credit: New Holland New Holland’s TS6030 high-clearance tractor puts the power of 96 PTO horses into rows of tall vegetables or specialty crops without worry of plant damage. A generous maximum crop clearance of 30 inches at the drawbar prevents damage to valuable crops while cultivating or harvesting. Both axles adjust from 72 to 84 inches to accommodate a wide variety of crops and farming practices. Photo Credit: New Holland A new 274-cubic inch, four-cylinder diesel engine is turbocharged and intercooled providing maximum performance and fuel efficiency. Designed to run on standard diesel fuels or any biodiesel blend up to B100 that meets ASTM 6751 fuel quality standards, the TS6030 high-clearance tractor is Tier III emissions-compliant, fuel-efficient, durable and economical. Photo Credit: New Holland The TS6030 is available with a choice of three reliable transmissions, including two creeper transmissions that provide the ultra-slow speeds needed for precise movement through the rows during cultivating and harvest. Three-point hitch capacity from the standard 3,600 lbs. up to 7,200 lbs., available flexible link ends and standard telescopic stabilizers make it easy to handle heavy implements. Additional high-performance hydraulic features include standard FWD for on-the-go extra traction and wheel slip, and an auxiliary implement hydraulic pump is available to add 9gpm flow to the standard 13-gpm implement pump to efficiently run high-demand implements. Source: New Holland

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Volvo Construction Equipment Presenting Sponsor For AEM’s Annual Construction Challenge

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and Volvo Construction Equipment have signed an agreement which makes Volvo the presenting sponsor for AEM’s annual Construction Challenge teen competition. Photo Credit: Volvo Construction Equipment The challenge is a creative problem-solving program that educates young people about the value of construction industry careers, as well as industry contributions to improved quality of life. Under the agreement, Volvo is the exclusive official presenting sponsor of the challenge competition for 2010-2014. The AEM Construction Challenge presented by Volvo Construction Equipment includes the challenge finals at the triennial CONEXPO-CON/AGG exposition (2011 and 2014), the challenge program within Destination ImagiNation’s yearly Global Finals, and regional rally qualifying events. Dennis Slater, AEM president, states: “Volvo has been a team sponsor since the first AEM challenge. This new and greatly enhanced level of support will enable us to extend the reach of the program, and bring more of the ‘best and the brightest’ into the construction industry. We applaud Volvo’s initiative and forward-thinking leadership in helping build the construction workforce of the future.” Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturers

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Kenworth Offers $1,500 Rebate To OOIDA Members on Qualifying New Sleeper Truck Purchases in 2010

Kenworth Truck Company has announced that it will extend a successful rebate program with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA)through 2010. Photo Credit: Kenworth Originally introduced eight years ago, the program offers a $1,500 rebate to OOIDA members on qualifying purchases of new Kenworth trucks equipped with large sleepers. Buyers must show their OOIDA membership card to their Kenworth dealer at time of purchase in 2010. “Kenworth is pleased to help support owner-operators during these challenging times by offering a $1,500 rebate in 2010 in cooperation with OOIDA,” said Gary Moore, Kenworth assistant general manager for marketing and sales. “Owner-operators are very loyal to Kenworth and The World’s Best trucks and we appreciate their support. Kenworth trucks, such as the fuel-efficient Kenworth T660, help owner-operators to reduce operating costs.” Source: Kenworth visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Front-Mounted Snowblowers Fit Bobcat Tractors.

Photo Credit: Bobcat With the recently frigid winter weather, snow clearing attachments really come in handy. Bobcat compact tractor owners have a new, more comfortable option to clear snow during the winter. Two new models of front-mounted snowblower implements are now available for Bobcat compact tractor models CT120 to CT235. “Using a snowblower on the front of the tractor is more comfortable for the operator,” said Bryan Zent, marketing manager at Bobcat, “especially on large jobs where the operator would have to constantly turn around in his or her seat to do the work with a three-point snowblower.” The discharge chute on the snowblower rotates hydraulically, so the operator can easily redirect snow as needed. Source: Bobcat

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CommercialTruck Trader Releases iPhone App

The new Commercial Truck Trader iPhone application lets truck shoppers search more than 65,000 new and used commercial trucks and trailers for sale, then quickly find truck dealers in the Commercial Truck Trader Dealer Network. The app can be downloaded from the business section of the iTunes Store by searching the key phrase “Commercial Truck Trader.” The new Commercial Truck Trader iPhone app is GPS-sensitive, allowing truck shoppers in the construction and transportation industries to quickly find nearby light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks of all shapes and sizes. The search tool allows users to search for vehicles by type, new or used condition, price range, and model year in a specific zip code or by location. The application also saves the user’s recent searches and vehicles viewed to make finding trucks and trailers even easier. “Buyers today demand immediate information. Our iPhone application allows anyone to shop for new or used trucks from anywhere at any time,” said Commercial Truck Trader Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Bondi. The Commercial Truck Trader application lets users view multiple vehicle and dealer locations on enhanced Google maps and quickly access driving directions. Each listing provides a detailed description, multiple photos of the vehicle for sale, and contact information for the seller. When shoppers have found the perfect truck or trailer, they can save the listing to their wish list, call or e-mail the seller, map out directions to the vehicle, or send […]

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Look For Commercial Truck Trader At Upcoming Shows and Expos

Commercial Truck Trader is hitting the road. Look for us at upcoming shows and expos around the country. Come see us at booth N2448 during the World of Concrete show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Feb. 2-5 2010. The Deep South / Southern / Southeastern Equipment Associations meeting in New Orleans. Feb. 21-24 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville March 25-27. American Truck Dealers Convention and Expo in at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando April 23-26. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Curtis Introduces New Cab for Kubota BX Series Compact Tractors

Curtis Industries LLC has introduced a new cab system for the Kubota BX Series compact tractor. The WorkPro SS cab system for Kubota’s BX 25 is available with soft doors and the Work Pro SE is available with steel doors, glass side windows and a metal roof with acoustical headliner. Photo Credit: Curtis Industries According to Curtis Industries, this new cab system is less than seven feet in overall height (with R.O.P.S. folded) for easy storage in a homeowner’s garage. The WorkPro BX25 cab system features several options which include a high performance heater, defroster fan, work lights, strobe or beacon lights, and a deluxe console with CD player. These BX cabs are part of Curtis’ new product expansion. Included in Curtis’ new ProSeries are premium, high-quality cabs and enclosures; WorkPro for compact and sub-compact tractors; TrailPro for UTV’s; and StreetPro for golf cars. More ProSeries cabs, enclosures, and accessories will be released in 2010. Source: Curtis Industries

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Kenworth Expands Product Line

Kenworth Truck Company has announced an expansion of its industry-leading product line with the introduction of the Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine for the Kenworth T800 short hood and W900S models. Now available for order, Kenworth’s natural gas models are focused on vocational, municipal, and pickup and delivery applications. Photo Credit: Kenworth The ISL G engine operates on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG), both of which are cost effective, low carbon, and low emissions fuels. Rated at 320 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque, the ISL G is 2010 compliant with a maintenance-free, three-way catalyst and does not require the use of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) or a diesel particulate filter (DPF). CNG and LNG fuel tanks can be configured to suit customer applications and range requirements. Kenworth T800 short hood and W900S natural gas trucks, which use Allison transmissions, may qualify for a U.S. federal tax credit of up to $32,000 and for state and federal grant funding. Photo Credit: Kenworth “The ISL G Kenworth T800 short hood and W900S models provide an excellent, low-emission solution combined with outstanding efficiency, horsepower and torque,” said Gary Moore, Kenworth assistant general manager for marketing and sales. “Kenworth’s green product offering, which also includes T800 liquefied natural gas vehicles with the Westport GX engine, medium duty diesel-electric hybrids and aerodynamic trucks, continues to lead the trucking industry in North America.” In 2009, Kenworth became the […]

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A New Commercial Truck Trader Homepage For 2010

Commercial Truck Trader is getting ready to launch a new homepage for 2010! We are doing this for three main reasons. First, the new homepage will make it easier for truck buyers to find the inventory they are looking for. Second, we are launching search engine-friendly elements that make it easier for Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and other search engines to see us. And finally, we are incorporating some terrific content that our users are interested in. “The new site will offer a more business to business feel to our customers,” says Product Developer Ryan Feber, “This will showcase more listings with greater variety on the site. And it will grow traffic to our site.” The new CommercialTruckTrader.com homepage is the first of several product enhancements and new product launches coming in 2010. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Terex Agrees To Sell Mining Business To Bucyrus

Terex Corporation has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its mining business to Bucyrus International Inc. for $1.3 billion in cash. According to Terex, the products to be divested by Terex in the transaction include hydraulic mining excavators, electric drive mining trucks, track and rotary blasthole drills, and the highwall miner, as well as the related parts and aftermarket service businesses, including the company-owned distribution locations. The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2010. “This transaction accelerates the transformation of Terex Corporation as we move from a Construction and Mining Equipment Company to a Machinery and Industrial Products business,” said Ronald M. DeFeo, Terex Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Going forward, we will focus on products and services where we can maintain and build superior customer propositions with high returns on capital for our owners. The current environment plus this transaction provide an excellent opportunity to create value. We plan to execute the changes needed to make this happen.” Source: Terex

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The Port of Los Angeles Gives Extension On Deadline For Cleaner Trucks

The Port of Los Angeles has announced that the Los Angeles Harbor Commission has approved a second set of modifications to the Port of Los Angeles tariff to allow truckers to continue operating their existing trucks past the January 1, 2010 ban date. Photo Credit: The Port of Los Angeles According to The Port of Los Angeles, the tariff modifications are designed to be consistent with a Drayage Truck Rule Advisory issued by the California Air Resources Board on December 8, 2009 which will allow truckers that have purchased a new truck or retrofit with private funds to continue to operate their existing truck until April 30, 2010 while waiting for the new truck to be delivered or the retrofit to be installed. The Port of Los Angeles tariff will allow the same extension as the Air Resources Board for purchase of a truck with private funds. To qualify for the extension based on private purchase of a retrofit, it must be a Level 3 retrofit and it must also have a 25% NOx reduction capability in order to be able to operate in the Port of Los Angeles. Source: The Port of Los Angeles visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Equipment Trader iPhone Application Puts New and Used Farm and Construction Equipment in the Palm of the Hand

Equipment Trader has released an iPhone application. Equipment dealers in the Equipment Trader Dealer Network and more than 50,000 heavy equipment listings are now searchable from the palm of the hand. The free Equipment Trader application can be downloaded from the business section of the iTunes Store by searching the key phrase “Equipment Trader.” “Buyers today demand immediate information. Our iPhone application allows anyone to shop for new or used equipment from anywhere at any time—whether it’s at the construction site or in the field,” said Equipment Trader Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Bondi. The GPS-sensitive Equipment Trader iPhone app allows shoppers to quickly search more than 50,000 EquipmentTraderOnline.com listings in specific zip code or near their current location. Users first choose from 12 broad categories of equipment including Agriculture, Asphalt-Concrete, Earthmoving, and Grounds Care. They then select the type of equipment they seek from a sub-menu of hundreds of categories— from backhoes to skid steers to tractors, it’s all there. The search tool also allows users to further refine their search by utilizing optional criteria such as manufacturer, new or used condition, and minimum and maximum prices. The user’s recent searches and equipment viewed are automatically saved to the “Recents” area. Individual listings provide full equipment specs and descriptions as well as picture galleries and videos when available. When shoppers have found the equipment they’re looking for, they can save the individual listing to their Wish List, call […]

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Kenworth Offers Hendrickson PRIMAAX EX Air Suspension For Vocational Applications

Kenworth Truck Company has announced it now offers the Hendrickson PRIMAAX EX suspension for vocational applications with the Kenworth T800, W900 and C500 models. Photo Credit: Kenworth According to Kenworth, the Hendrickson PRIMAAX EX is a premium heavy-duty air suspension designed for the rigorous demands of vocational, severe service and heavy haul applications. The new suspension is designed to enhance stability, durability, reliability and handling. Key features include higher roll stiffness; optimized suspension geometry for increased roll stability and expanded applications; re-designed U-beam assembly, air spring, torque rod bracket, and frame bracket for enhanced robustness and durability; increased lift capacity; and no-lube, heavy duty bushings for reduced maintenance. Source: Kenworth visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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MACK MP Engines Certified for EPA 2010

Mack Trucks, Inc. diesel engines have been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board to meet the near-zero emissions standards which take effect in January 2010. The Mack MP7 and MP8 engines are now officially recognized to meet the strictest diesel emissions standards in the world. The EPA certification was issued today, and the CARB certification on November 10th. The Mack engines have been fully certified to meet EPA’s stringent standards without the use of emissions credits. Mack is the first truck manufacturer to have its heavy-duty diesel engines certified for 2010 by both EPA and CARB. Photo Credit: Mack Truck “Achieving certification involved many dedicated employees working for many years,” said Kevin Flaherty, Mack senior vice president. “It’s critical that our MP engines continue to deliver the power, performance, durability and reliability for which they are known. Our customers now not only have the cleanest engines in the world, they also have the performance they expect from Mack.” “The new Mack engines are so clean that in some areas, the exhaust leaving our trucks will be cleaner than the air going in,” Flaherty said. “Our EPA’10 engines also have significantly improved fuel economy. Using less fuel shrinks the trucks’ carbon footprint, reduces operating costs for customers and cuts the need for imported oil.” Source: Mack Trucks visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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