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Push it real good: The role of pusher axles in trucking

As someone who hasn’t lived under a rock for the past 30 years, it’s fair to speculate you’re familiar with Salt-N-Pepa’s 1987 mega-hit “Push It.” And as a fleet manager, I’ll venture that whenever you hear it, there’s one component you can’t get off your mind for the rest of the day: pusher axles (if

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Are pusher axles a good fit for over-the-road trucks?

Traditionally, pusher axles have been used primarily in vocational applications to distribute the vehicle weight and ensure the other axles are not overloaded. Tony Sablar, Peterbilt vocational marketing manager, says a pusher’s on-highway use has been considered limited because tractor-trailers typically won’t be overloading the other axles. However, in recent years, over-the-road applications like linehaul

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Watch: An electric axle trucking carol

Axle innovations keep getting better and better, so there are no “bah humbugs” to be had when it comes to the future of eAxles. Axle manufacturers have been working on eAxle solutions for years, it’s nothing new per se, but as time moves on and electric trucks become more popular, engineering innovation only gets better

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ZF answers our biggest trucking questions

ZF has been a global leader in trucking equipment, including transmissions, steering technology and advanced safety systems. The question always was: When will we see this in North America? With ZF having acquired WABCO, that question, along with a host of others, once again came to mind. For the answer, I connected with Fredrik Staedtler,

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Preventive maintenance truck tips for automatic slack adjusters

Time and miles: Both seem to roll by more quickly than we realize. Consider six months, 1,800 operating hours, or 50,000 miles – for many working trucks and truck drivers, those aren’t long intervals: But they’re key markers for a piece of basic wheel-end preventive maintenance that’s too often overlooked. This installment of the Bendix

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Five truck trend takeaways from September

Here are the biggest stories from September focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.

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Can a change in application impact your truck axles?

The easy answer to the headline question is: Yes! The more complicated answer to the seemingly simple follow up: How? … that will take some explaining.  The impact on your equipment operation The pandemic put all fleets in a do-what-you-gotta-do predicament. With so much uncertainty, no one could fault you for rolling your trucks into

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Watch: 6×4 or 6×2 – What’s the right axle configuration for your truck?

For a long time, the standard was a 6×4 configuration in which both rear tandem axles receive power. Trucks came with 6×4 regardless of the jobs they were designed to do. However, some fleets and drivers have lately been switching to 6×2 configurations in which only one of the rear axles receives power. The other

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Dana introduces Spicer Trac-Lok for medium-duty trucks

Dana Inc. has introduced the new Spicer Trac-Lok limited-slip differentials (LSD) for medium-duty truck applications, which the company says autonomously delivers improved vehicle handling. “Spicer Trac-Lok provides improved traction capability without the driver engaging any switches or mechanisms, thus reducing frequent incidents of poor traction and lessening instability during turns. It also places less stress

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Hunter releases printout to assist with heavy-duty alignment sales

With the recent release of WinAlign 16.2, Hunter has released a new alignment inspection printout to assist with selling heavy-duty alignments. Customers with Hunter’s WinAlign HD alignment machine and latest WinAlign software update (16.2) have a new way to present alignment check results for heavy vehicles, the company says. Once alignment is checked on a

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Dana unveils new electric motor, drive axle for lift trucks

Dana Inc. has introduced new drive technologies for material-handling vehicles, including a low-voltage, high-efficiency motor for electric-powered applications, as well as a new series of modular, high-efficiency drive axles for Class I, IV, and V industrial lift trucks. New low-voltage, high-efficiency motor Dana has launched a new 48- to 120/144-volt synchronous reluctance internal permanent magnet

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Kenworth introduces new airbrake package for K370 Cabover

Kenworth has introduced an airbrake package with a 23,000-lb. rear axle for enhanced road capacity for the K370 cabover. Combined with the K370’s standard 12,000-lb. front axle, the new axle offering increases the K370’s gross combination weight rating to 35,000 lbs. The package features the Dana S23-172 or S23-172E rear axle, 1710 drivelines, 22.5-in. tires,

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