National Truck Equipment Association's The Work Truck Show 2009, which takes place March 4-6 in Chicago, offers more than 40 industry-specific training courses, special sessions on green trucks and 2010 emission-compliant chasis, and an opportunity to see this year's new vocational trucks, equipment, and products.
Kit enhances Ford F-150 suspension
A pair of Ride-Rite air springs provides up to 5,000 lbs. of load-leveling capacity. The "no-drill" kit mounts between the truck's frame and the suspension using the truck's existing holes and includes all installation components. When coupled with the Air-Rite, drivers adjust air pressure by pushing a button on the dash. Firestone Industrial Products Co. www.ride-rite.com
Chassis offers 19-ft., 2-in. turning radius
The Eagle four-wheeled broom sweeper is available on a Freightliner M2 chassis with a 200-hp Cummins ISB 6.7 engine that meets California idle-shutdown exemption rules. Chassis also available with an optional larger engine and drive train package for mountainous regions requiring greater power. Elgin Sweeper. www.elginsweeper.com.
Vertical tire carousel
Store up to 108 tires in an 8x10-ft. area. Twelve sprockets accommodate virtually any size commercial tire. A single employee using a manual pneumatic lift cart can load and unload without unduly stressing back joints and muscles. Interlake Mecalux, Inc. www.interlakemecalux.com.
Wireless fuel monitoring
The Bluetooth-enabled Petro Vend C/OPT lets offsite operators poll transactions, update card files, and change configuration from fueling terminals that don't have hard-wired communication. Programming is done from a PC with menus that guide users through setup and daily operations. OPW Fuel Management Systems. www.opwfms.com.
Grapple truck offers mechanical controls
Retrofit existing Lightning Loaders with a joystick or specify the newly patented QuadStick instead of valve-handle controls on new orders. Petersen Industries Inc. www.petersenind.com.
Turn pickups into dump trucks
The 6-ft. polyethylene Dump-Pro insert is rated at 3,000 lbs. hauling and 2,700 lbs. dumping capacity; handles 1.1 cu. yds. of material (or 3 yds. with the "Hi-Sides" option); and raises 60 degrees. Strap option allows mounting on small flat-bed trailers. Standard Hamilton Co. Inc. www.dump-pro.com.
Heavy-duty carports and canopies
Available in standard sizes ranging from 12x20 ft. to 30x50 ft., each cover is made of 24-mil, UV-resistant, ripstop polyester and features an 8-ft. sidewall. With ridge heights ranging from 4 ft. 4 in. to 9 ft. 10 in., low-profile versions also work as pool covers. TekSupply. www.teksupply.com.
Multi-application truck accessories
VanWise products include a liner that insulates the cargo area and protects interior sheet metal from damage, a bulkhead with a roll-up rather than a swinging door to save space, and rubber or carpet mats. Wise Industries Inc. www.wiseindustries.comyfvdfdzdrbywwacuw.
For manual, automatic arm tarping systems
Pulltarps7 X-Pando adjustable tarp system housings feature a telescoping design that allows the tarp housings to be adjustable in width from 78 to 102 in. — to fit your truck or trailer body. These bolt-together housings save freight costs because they can be packaged in a smaller box that can ship via UPS. All hardware is included in every kit with easy-to-follow instructions. Pulltarps Manufacturing. www.pulltarps.com.