Fleetnet America (www.fleetnetamerica.com), a veteran service provider for over-the-road trucks, offers a total maintenance service for vocational fleets. TM Care can provide complete scheduled and emergency maintenance using pre-screened and approved independent providers.
The VIBCO Sandbuster DC-60 (www.vibco.com) is a spreader-hopper vibrator in a new plastic housing that protects from corrosion and abrasion when spreading today's more aggressive snow- and ice-fighting materials. When used on concrete chutes, pours are faster, safer, and more efficient. According to the maker, it eliminates the need to rake concrete down the chute—regardless of slump.
The Retriever Super-Duty model from Up-N-ATOM Inc. (www.upnatominc.com) allows transport of up to 30,000 lbs. of drive-on equipment without the need for a rollback bed. That saves weight and complexity plus lowers ride height for greater stability and easier clearance. The Retriever's deck is curved and hinged, which allows loading angles from 10.8 to 13.5 degrees, depending on the chassis. It comes 20, 22, 24, 26, or 28 feet long, with 7.5-, 10-, and 15-ton pay-load capacities.
Low pressure can ruin a tire and the dual next to it. TireStamp (www.tirestamp.com) makes the Tire Vigil, a system that collects pressure and temperature data, then downloads data and maintains records. When problems arise, the sensors in each wheel send alerts to the fleet before conditions become safety issues.
Work lights can dim when engines are off or batteries are weak. Truck-Lite (www.truck-lite.com) introduced the 81 Series LED Worklamp. Its six diodes produce maximum brightness from 8.5 through 16 V. The powder-coat finish and stainless steel hardware provides high resistance to rust.
Leyman Lift Gates (www.leymanlift.com) introduced the LVA 1650 Free Access Lift Gate. It lifts 1650 lbs. on a split platform 70 inches wide by 65 inches deep. The gate folds out of the way to allow access through one of a truck's two doors. With its folding steps, the aluminum lift gate weighs 475 lbs.
Most operations mount equipment like cranes, pumps, dump bodies, and similar devices permanently onto truck chassis, making those trucks dedicated to one vocational use. On-Trux (www.ontrux.com) Roll-off Systems allows equipment to be interchanged. It's similar to a roll-on, roll-off container system, with platform and decks built on a common frame. With the system weighing between 1350 and 1880 lbs., each truck can perform multiple tasks according to the platforms it carries.
Raven Technology (www.raventechpower.com) has a belt-driven, speed-independent AC power generator. The Blackbird produces 5000 Wof continuous 120-Vcurrent. With control box, it weighs 77 lbs. The system requires no more than 8.5 hp, as determined by output requirements. It's driven by a clutched belt drive.
Tool boxes are found on most working pickup trucks. The main shortcoming of many boxes is that you have to climb into the bed for access. The Pro-Side tool box line from Taylor Wings (www.taylorwings.com) uses a top tray that unlocks and slides on tracks with self-lubricating Nylatron Rollers. Extension is 48 inches from either the driver or passenger side.
Finally, Warn Industries (www.warn.com) combined a winch for light- and medium-duty trucks with an air compressor. The winch has 12,000 lbs. maximum rated pull on a single line. The compressor is rated at 5 cfm at 90 psi. The combination provides added versatility in the field without the need to carry a bulky separate compressor. Warn's Powerplant Dual Force has a three-stage planetary gear train and 80 feet of 3/8-inch wire rope. The compressor comes with 12 feet of coiled nylon air hose with a quick disconnect, and many other features.
— Paul Abelson (email@example.com) is a former director of the Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations, a board member of Truck Writers of North America, and active in the Society of Automotive Engineers.