Check out this quick demonstration of the proper procedures to operate the Venturo VC1000 Van Crane.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
The first question you need to ask when spec’ing trucking equipment is a simple one: What’s it going to be doing? Understanding the application and what’s necessary for the equipment to perform properly is the most important thing to know before making any purchasing decision.
To start with, there are three different types of suspensions: air ride, leaf spring and walking beam.
Of the three, market share in the vocational space is divided between air ride and walking beam, dependent on the particular target segment. Many fleets tackling severe-duty applications might prefer a walking beam suspension, for instance, while other vocational segments will prioritize driver comfort and spec an air ride suspension.
Of course, “vocational” is a wide umbrella that covers quite a few different types of trucks, and suspension needs will be different for each of them.
“The needs of the vocational market are very specialized, and each application focuses on a different aspect of the suspension as the primary requirement,” says Sean Whitfield, director of marketing for Hendrickson.
For example, he notes that the key attributes needed for a suspension in concrete mixer and refuse applications are that it has the ability to maximize carrying capacity while still preserving stability and that it provides lower maintenance costs.
“Weight is an important factor when spec’ing a concrete mixer,” Western Star’s Schimunek notes. “The lighter the truck, the more concrete you can haul, which affects productivity. Choosing the right rear suspension for the job may also result in additional weight savings. However, mixers can get into some rough jobsites, so be sure to spec a suspension with good articulation, ride quality and durability.
“Chassis height is also an important factor as the mixer body must be able to fit beneath the hopper,” he adds. “A lower frame height results in a lower center of gravity, which provides increased vehicle stability. Customers should work closely with their dealer to spec the right suspension for their specific job demands.”
As for dump and crane trucks, Hendrickson’s Whitfield says that loaded stability and empty ride performance must be paired together to survive the terrain and loading cycle of these applications.
“When the vehicle is empty and/or traveling on-road, the equipment and driver must be protected from excessive road inputs,” he says. “When the truck is on-site and either being loaded or being used to lift a load, it must be supported by a suspension with high roll stability.”
Lastly, in heavy-haul applications, Whitfield says that equipment protection and ride quality are crucial to help ensure safe transport of cargo and driver. This, he says, must be done without sacrificing durability and roll stability, demanding a true vocational suspension, and he mentions Hendrickson’s Primaax EX as an example.
Additionally, there are some factors that apply across the board for vocational suspensions, regardless of the vocation.
“Vehicle weight, axle capacity, loaded and empty CG height, creep rating, and the operating environment are important application factors to consider,” says Bryan Redeker, powered vehicle systems product manager for SAF-Holland. “These factors are equally important regardless of the type of vehicle.”
Redeker says that it is important to know if outriggers will be present and where they are on the truck, as they may play a role in packaging. It’s also important, he mentions, to know whether there will be lift axles on the truck, how many, and how they will impact loading of the suspension when they are up or down. Additionally, frame rail spacing and package size of the lift axle assembly should be considered, he added.
With specific application considerations for equipment come specific maintenance considerations, and you’ll need to keep them in mind, especially those that are unique to vocational segments.
“Maintenance of vocational suspensions is similar to other suspensions—visual inspection of components and bushings. For those vocational suspensions installed with U-bolts, follow the OEM recommended practices for checking torque,” Kenworth’s Swihart says.
“A key to maintaining a vocational suspension is following proper inspection intervals,” Hendrickson’s Whitfield says. “For these applications, inspections should follow the vehicle OEM and suspension manufacturer’s service instructions, which usually list recommended inspection intervals based on hours and/or miles of operation.”
According to Whitfield, some essential items to check for, especially on vocational suspensions, include potential signs of overloading such as bent or cracked steel components.
“Reviewing the transverse torque rod (TVTR) bushing wear and replacing the TVTR when necessary is particularly important in vocational suspensions,” he adds. “The transverse torque rod keeps the axle aligned laterally on rubber-based suspensions and plays a large factor in supporting the other suspension components. Once that torque rod is fully worn, it is important that it is replaced in order to properly maintain the suspension as a whole.”
SAF-Holland’s Redeker says that it is important to monitor bushings, shock, air springs and fastener torque per the routine maintenance schedule.
“These components are always important to check, regardless of the application,” he notes, while adding, “A fleet operating in severe vocational applications may wish to increase the frequency of checks. Performing the initial 5,000 mile (100 hour) re-torque is critical to suspension longevity—especially the pivot bolt connection.”
Saturday, January 19, 2019
The Original Snow PusherFor over 25 years, this containment snow plow has been a favorite among snow and ice professionals for use with their loaders, compact wheel loaders, backhoes, skid steers, and compact tractors. The Rubber Edge Sno Pusher is a perfect fit for both experienced operators and those new to the job. Available in sizes ranging from 6’ to 30’, this rubber edge snow pusher can be used on a variety of commercial properties. Join the thousands of snow and ice companies throughout North America that use the Rubber Edge Sno Pusher for their snow removal efforts.
Increase ProductivitySnow pushers can increase snow removal productivity by 500% when compared to truck snow plows. The snow pusher’s advantage over a truck snow plow is the ability to contain, push, and stack massive amounts of snow into a pile. Truck snow plows have limited containment and stacking capabilities.
Squeegee The SurfaceThe Rubber Edge Sno Pusher cutting edge is a simple but effective design that can easily clear wet, heavy snow from the plowing surface. In many cases, the rubber edge is rigid enough to also remove pesky hardpack snow and ice. The rubber plowing edge has four leading edges, meaning that it can be flipped and reversed before needing replacement.
Simple But EffectiveEase of use is a major benefit of using the Rubber Edge Sno Pusher. It requires minimal training before even first-time snow plow operators can begin using it effectively.
Proven ValueIt’s no surprise that our customer satisfaction rating is close to 100%. For over two decades our products have been synonymous with excellence. Every Sno Pusher uses structural steel channel with fully welded systems and comes with our 10 year warranty. Many Sno Pushers are still in use 20 years later! From our pushers to our parts, you can expect the best from Pro-Tech.
Made For Your MachineThe Rubber Edge Sno Pusher comes in sizes ranging from 6’ to 30’ and is available for loaders, compact wheel loaders, backhoes, skid steers, and compact tractors. Custom snow pusher options are available such as connection, wear shoes, and paint.
- Most popular snow pusher in North America
- Contains and pushes snow into piles
- More productive than truck plows
- Can be used on a variety of surfaces
- Easy to operate and maintain
- Rubber edge "squeegees" surface
- 10 year warranty
- From $2,395
Thursday, January 17, 2019
ArcReach® technology lets welders adjust parameters at the weld joint, reducing walks to the power source across a crowded worksite.
Trip and fall hazards are common on a typical jobsite. But with Miller ArcReach technology, welders can remotely set up and make process and parameter adjustments for stick, TIG, MIG, flux-cored and advanced wire processes - all at the weld joint. That means operators with California-based M&M Welding spend less time walking to the power source and more time welding, resulting in fewer opportunities for jobsite injuries.
Learn more about ArcReach technology at: https://www.millerwelds.com/products/...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The forecast calls for snow! You've been waiting for this all year. Finally, your city is in the path of the storm.
Here are a few tips to help ensure that your equipment is ready for battle:
Check Your Vehicle
Whether plowing with a BOSS pickup truck plow, a BOSS UTV plow or a BOSS Box Plow, knowing that your vehicle is in running order will ensure that you are successful this winter:
- Check your snow plow vehicle’s tire pressure.
- Check all fluid levels including engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, radiator coolant and windshield washer fluid.
- Check oil pressure, your engine will work hard this winter – oil is its lifeblood!
- Make sure the battery is working properly and that terminals are tightly connected with no corrosion.
- Check the condition of your wipers – operating your BOSS Snowplow with poorly operating windshield wipers is asking for problems. While you’re at it, make sure you defrosting system is working on snowplow truck as well!
- Check the vehicle’s headlights, brake lights and turn signals to ensure they are all in working order – visibility is crucial both to you and drivers around you.
- Never venture out without an adequate fuel supply.
Check Your BOSS Plow
You’ve checked your snowplow vehicle, now make sure your BOSS Snowplow is ready to go as well:
- Make sure that all bolts on your snowplow are tight and well fastened.
- Look for cracked welds and hydraulic fluid leaks.
- Make sure the plow lights and turn signals are aligned properly and are in good working order.
- Carry a few extras – keep a BOSS Snowplow Emergency Parts Kit handy that includes extra hydraulic fluid, hydraulic hoses, a pump solenoid, extra cutting-edge bolts and a trip spring.
- If you notice that you are in need of service or parts, call or visit your nearest BOSS Snowplow Dealer or visit ShopBOSS. If you need help locating your nearest dealer, simply visit bossplow.com and either use the Dealer locator, or feel free to use the Chat button to chat on-line with a BOSS Snowplow factory representative.
by Katie Roell
Sunday, January 13, 2019
The claim to Ford’s Medium-duty fame has always been its hard-working dependability and durability. For 2016, the F650 sports a second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine; that’s no surprise. What may come as a surprise is the growing popularity of the gas engine option. A 6.8-liter V10 gas engine is now available for both the F650 and F750.
Fleet Equipment Editor Jason Morgan had the chance to get behind the wheel and put the gas engine’s pedal to the metal in this episode of On the Road.
For extended interview outtakes and more binge-worth episodes, drive on over to http://www.FEOnTheRoad.com
Friday, January 11, 2019
Step up to a galvanized gate for a fraction of the cost. Maxon now offers its premium line of liftgates with the optional galvanized finish.
If you operate in tough winter conditions, you need maximum protection from the elements. Now, Maxon provides the industrial-strength option of fully galvanized gates for the longest life.
The hot-dip galvanized finish is available on many of their most popular liftgates, including the Maxon BMR-A, BMRSD, GPT and GPTLR liftgates.
Maxon has a broad range of liftgates for almost any lifting need.
Call Maxon at 800-224-4116 and visit their website at www.MaxonLift.com