Sunday, December 30, 2018

You Shouldn't Need a Ladder to Get Your Ladder


Adrian Steel's new Drop-Down Ladder Rack can be operated by technicians 5'4" or taller. These new ladder racks are constructed of durable and corrosion-resistant aluminum and have innovative adjustment knobs that allow users to set up their ladder rack in seconds.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Crane operator certification deadline

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A candidate maneuvers the test load through the NCCCO’s service truck crane operator practical exam in Houston in 2013.Photo: NCCCO

“I spoke to the directorate last week  [early October] and they are still confident they can get this final rule out before then,” Graham Brent said in a phone interview in mid October.

“I’ll only say they’ve been pretty confident before and they haven’t managed to meet the deadline,” Brent added.

In fact, the day before the previous deadline of Nov. 10, 2017, OSHA published a notice on the Federal Register that confirmed a long-anticipated extension.

The operator certification requirement was included in an update to OSHA standard for cranes and derricks in construction — called 29 CFR Part 1926 — published in 2010. Most of the provisions went into effect soon after, Brent said.

 Some exclusions apply

The proposed rule excludes cranes of 2,000 pounds capacity or less. “This standard applies to power-operated equipment, when used in construction, that can hoist, lower and horizontally move a suspended load,” the proposed regulations say. They specifically include “service/mechanic trucks with a hoisting device” but also exclude a “mechanic’s truck with a hoisting device when used in activities related to equipment maintenance and repair.”

Since service trucks are used primarily for repairing and maintaining equipment, the certification requirement usually doesn’t apply. However, Brent outlined a scenario where a service truck operator goes to a jobsite expecting to work on an engine and someone else on the site notices the crane and asks the operator to lift some pipe.

“Of course the guy is going to do that,” Brent said. “And that’s construction. So as an employer you want to be completely covered 100 percent of the time. And the way to do that is to have them certified.”

Another grey area is that service truck cranes are also used to hoist propane tanks. The wrinkle is that when a crane merely swaps an empty tank with a full one, that’s considered maintenance. But when a crane installs a propane tank for the first time, that’s regarded as construction.

Propane group seeks exemption
The National Propane Gas Association has called for OSHA to exempt truck-mounted crane delivering propane tanks from the regulations and asked for it to delay the Nov. 10, 2018 deadline. “This certification will cost the industry an estimated $151 million every five years,” said a posting on the association website.

The association even threatened to press the case to President Trump. “With the compliance deadline coming up in November, let’s tell The White House how much this rule impacts our industry so they will intervene with OSHA on our industry’s behalf.”

The NCCCO, in a July 5, 2018 letter to Loren Sweatt, the deputy assistant secretary of labor at OSHA, said it would “reluctantly support” another six month extension to the rule-making process. “We said, frankly, no because it’s taken us so long to get here that we think six months is probably not going to make a whole of difference,” Brent said.

He added that the delay “absolutely has maintained the risk because certification is a risk mitigator.” What’s driving the call for certification is the marketplace, he said, noting that 16 states already have their own crane operator certification requirements and that many job postings for crane operators require certifications.

“So if you’re a crane operator it’s in your own interest frankly to get certified,” Brent said.
The new rule will cover states and territories lacking crane certification requirements and create a “federal floor” that state regulations must meet at a minimum.

1,000 service truck certifications
About five years ago, the service truck industry formed a committee of manufacturers, dealers, users, trainers and others to work with the NCCCO to develop a certification for service truck crane operators. In its first year, the service truck program only certified about 75 operators. But the program has picked up steam and at last count had certified about 1,000 service truck operators, Brent said.

(Another certification body, Crane Institute Certification, has also launched a certification program for service truck crane operators.)

Since the last deadline extension on the regulations, OSHA has proposed removing a provision that required different levels of certification based on lifting capacity, although testing agencies can still do so. That’s a move the NCCCO supports.

OSHA also considered but declined to include an exemption for operators of cranes in the 5,000 to 35,000 pound capacity range. The NCCCO supports that move as well.

“What they said was the same risks are present regardless of the capacity,” Brent said, although he was at a loss to explain why that proposal didn’t also cover cranes from 2,000 to 5,000 pounds capacity.

One area where the NCCCO disagrees with OSHA is a proposal that trainers not be required to be certified operators.

In its response, the NCCCO said that “while certification may not be an appropriate ‘sole’ crit
erion or a sufficient indication of competence as a trainer, it should be regarded as an appropriately necessary condition of establishing such competence and ensuring a ‘baseline’ of knowledge and skills.”

Numbers hard to estimate
Brent said the NCCCO has currently certified about 100,000 crane operators, which he “conservatively” estimated is 80 percent of all the certified operators. But how many others are still to be certified, “frankly, nobody knows,” he said.

“We won’t really know before the whole thing shakes out,” he added. “It’s obviously more than 100,000. Is it 200,000? Probably not actually. We’ve been doing this for 23 years and we’ve been talking about it now as a federal rule for at least 15. We’ve had deadlines come and go but these deadlines have had the effect of focusing people’s attention and getting trained and certified. So we’ve had spurts along the way. I’ve got to think, though, we’re it’s only half way there.”

The rules themselves might even lead to companies having fewer crane operators because firms might decide to reduce the cost of certification and only assign specific people to operate the cranes and assign others who formerly did some crane operating to other duties. Indeed, he cited the example of an unnamed petrochemical company that he recalled doing just that.

“That’s why it’s completely impossible to estimate because as soon as you can get an accurate number right this minute, they will change or probably reduce as a result of the mandatory requirement coming in,” Brent said.
Keith Norbury

Source: Service Truck Magazine 

November 19, 2018

Monday, December 24, 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018

40 Gallon In-Bed Auxiliary Fuel Tank System - TRAX 3

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Finally, an almost universal auxiliary fuel tank. Our 40-gallon in-bed auxiliary fuel tank system is designed to be compatible with almost any diesel truck, including half-ton pickups, trucks with utility beds, RamBox equipped trucks, or those with a factory installed 5th wheel prep package or other 5th wheel hitch. The patented fuel tank design has a recessed cover box where the sending unit, rollover valve, and fuel filter come preassembled. You'll be pleased that its low height means it can fit under most standard tonneau bed covers.

This auxiliary system is computer-controlled by our patented TRAX 3™ operating system with exclusive AutoTrans® technology. All TRAX 3™ systems include an LCD that shows fuel levels in both the main and auxiliary tanks. Computer-controlled automatic fuel transfers mean worry-free operation, and much safer and more reliable operations than gravity fed systems. Built from ReliaSteel®, high-yield U.S. aluminized steel; and powder coated black, Transfer Flow tank systems offer superior corrosion resistance and strength.

View our TRAX 3™ User's Guide for more information.

NOTE: Product dimensions include 1 1/2" in width for the mounting brackets and 3" in height for the filler neck.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

SpitzLift Cranes - Many Applications


SPTIZLIFT SPECS:
  •     Meets ASME and OSHA standards
  •     Components manufactured according to ISO compliance
  •     Made in USA
  •     Load capacity: 650 - 900 lbs.
  •     Crane weight: 36- 45 lbs.
  •     Lifting speed 22 ft. per/minute
  •     2” strap is UV resistant and abrasion resistant

SAFETY FEATURES OF ELECTRIC CRANES:

  •     Safety release auxiliary handle
  •     Circuit breaker system for overload protection
  •     Dynamic and disc brake dual load control system
 

Learn more about SpitzLift: ABOUT US
SpitzLift Product Catalog

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018

READING Aluminum Classic II - LIGHTWEIGHT DURABILITY YOU CAN TRUST

Reading Truck Body


The first and most rugged aluminum service body, tested on the job for over 35 years.

Our aluminum service bodies are made with heavy-duty powder coated aluminum – a material that resists rust for life. Designed to go anywhere and haul anything, our aluminum service bodies are lightweight yet rugged, so you pack up to 50% more cargo and save up to 10% on fuel.

Leran more at: https://www.readingbody.com/truck-show-aluminum/


Friday, November 30, 2018

Highway Products | Custom Fabrication [Roll Up Tool-Boxes]



Roll-Up Boxes are an ideal choice for those who need storage with a lid that can move completely out of the way of your workspace. Fire-fighters, emergency workers, on-site contractors and many other professionals across various industries find the extra storage invaluable in their every day work environment. 

Roll-Up Boxes are a type of custom truck toolbox made by Highway Products Inc.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

VMAC UNDERHOOD40 Air Compressor - The Real User Experience



See the VMAC UNDERHOOD40 Vehicle Mounted Air compressor performing standard service call tasks. Come along for the ride and watch this real user experience from a first person view. Learn More: http://www.vmacair.com/vr40

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ford CNG F-250/350 6.2L Systems Pickup, Bed Delete, Incomplete, 2WD, 4WD,

• 2019 thru 2011 EPA and Ford QVM Certified CNG Dedicated and Bi-Fuel Systems. All Pickup Models and Trims Available: 4WD, 2WD, Regular Cab, Super Cab, Crew Cab, XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Short Bed, Long Bed, Bed Delete, Incomplete. Must have the 6.2L with CNG Prep Engine Package Offered by Ford.
• Propane (LPG) Systems and Special Vehicles Available for International Programs Only.
23.5 Gasoline Gallon Equivalent (GGE) CNG Cylinder Option. Refills around 18-19.5 gge's. 23.5 GGE tank is not available with 5.5' bed, call for availability for tank options.Altech-Eco does not guarantee the amount you will get on refills, there are just too many variables out of our control. Click here to read more on refills. Comes with Standard Diamond Plate Tank Cover or Optional Diamond Plate Tool Box Tank Cover.
• Includes Quarter Turn Manual Shut-Off Valve Located Under Driver Side Door and 1 Micron In-Line Coalescing Filter.
• CNG Fuel Economy Equivalent to that of Gasoline.
• CNG System Warranty of 80,000 Mile/8 Year Emissions Components and 36,000 Mile/3 Year Non-Emissions Components. Original Ford Warranty Remains Intact.
• HOV Lane Eligible in Many States and Tax credits may be available, check with your tax advisor.

Learn more at:  http://www.transecoenergy.com/placed_images/A%20-%20New%20Images/brochures/2018%20F250_350-Flier.pdf


Thursday, November 15, 2018

2019 Ford F-150 Limited


Thanks to the addition of a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine, the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited is the most powerful light-duty pickup in America

Monday, November 12, 2018

Get The Machines And Tools To The Jobsite with a Concrete Saw Body


Here's a  great truck for Concrete Cutting contractors, a 12 foot saw body has plenty of cabinets and is backed up with an Interlift conventional liftgate. It is as functionally effective as it is good looking. Notice the huge locking compartments to keep large saw blades and other gear out of the weather and out of sight.

The liftgate serves two purposes, one being the obvious one to lift the equipment onto the bed area and the other to provide a backstop to secure the equipment in place and prevent it from rolling off the back of the bed!

See more of this body: http://htbi.net/sawbody.html

Visit Harbor's complete website at www.htbi.net and call Harbor at 800-433-9452.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Dangers of driving drowsy

November 2018

Each month, Rental Management highlights a topic that will help equipment and event rental companies conduct effective safety meetings. These topics, developed by the American Rental Association (ARA) and ARA Insurance, are ARA-member-only safety resources available for free at ARArental.org under the “Risk Management” tab.

Every year, 1,550 people are killed and 71,000 are injured in crashes involving drowsy driving. These statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show the dangers of getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy. To help raise awareness, the National Sleep Foundation has created Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which is Nov. 4-11.

Drowsy driving dangers, sleep tips and ways to stay alert can be found in ARA’s “Dangers of Driving Drowsy” safety meeting agenda sheet through Work Safe. This agenda — which can be used as a resource during your next safety meeting — also includes a handout with car crash statistics as a result of drowsy driving, warning signs and tips to avoid drowsy driving. Work Safe safety meeting agendas are designed to help you and your staff quickly understand and address important safety issues.

The National Sleep Foundation offers tips to protect yourself from drowsy driving, including:
  • Getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
  • Not driving if you’ve been up for more than 24 hours.
  • Drinking caffeine if you feel tired.
  • Stopping if you’re traveling and start to feel drowsy.
Keep you and your staff members safe by focusing on the dangers of drowsy driving this November. Learn more about this safety meeting agenda and other safety topics at ARArental.org/go/WorkSafe.

An official publication of the American Rental Association.
Produced by Rental Management Group. Copyright © 2018 Rental Pulse all rights reserved

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

2019 Ford Ranger: Tough Tested for Adventure | Ranger | Ford


Before making its U.S. comeback, the 2019 Ranger is being thoroughly tested in true Built Ford Tough fashion. Battling through extreme heat, frigid cold, and brutal terrain, the Ranger is always ready for an adventure.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Action Hero: New 2019 Ford Edge ST Displays Performance Chops to Help Capture High-Speed Hollywood Chase Scenes

 
  • Ford teams with camera car company Pursuit Systems to create one-of-a-kind Edge ST camera car to capture high-speed Hollywood chase scenes for movies and commercials
  • New Edge ST – the first SUV from the Ford Performance team – delivers the driving dynamics needed to keep pace with the action and the interior space needed to accommodate a film director, crew and equipment
  • Discussions underway to use Edge ST camera car to help create upcoming feature films
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 26, 2018 – Lights. Camera. The new Ford Edge ST will capture the action. 

Ford has teamed up with camera car company Pursuit Systems to leverage Edge ST’s combination of performance and utility. Together, Ford and Pursuit have built an Edge ST camera car designed to film high-speed chase scenes and other hard-to-capture action footage for upcoming movies and commercial projects.

Camera cars are high-performance vehicles capable of supporting a remote-controlled, roof-mounted crane that might weigh up to 1,000 pounds. The vehicles are often required to travel in excess of 100 mph, offer precise braking and handling, and ideally provide enough space to accommodate a film crew and equipment.

Early on, a Pursuit team traveled from its headquarters in North Hollywood to Dearborn for an initial look at the first SUV from Ford Performance. Edge ST’s versatility and capabilities immediately signaled its star power.

Features that drew the crew at Pursuit to Edge ST were its specially tuned, twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine, ST performance brake system, quick-shifting 8-speed transmission and selectable traction control – all made available in a roomy midsize SUV package.  Edge ST, available in showrooms now, is the first-ever SUV from the Ford Performance team.

“Speed, acceleration, braking, handling, even roominess – Edge ST has it all,” said Mike Johnson, racer, stunt driver and Pursuit Systems president and CEO. “Our shoots often demand a lot of the equipment we use, and especially the vehicles. In every way, Edge ST measures up.”

Transforming Edge ST into a camera car meant adding structural support to its roof to accommodate equipment, including the nearly 1,000-pound Pursuit Arm. This arm, typically equipped with a gyro-stabilized remote-control camera, can extend far away from the vehicle, giving filmmakers the ability to capture unique angles of high-speed action. 

Other conversion work included:
  • Retuning the twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine to counter the weight of the crane and other film equipment
  • Adding individual-wheel air suspension to manage the weight increase
  • Adding roll cage support to protect passengers
  • Gutting the interior to accommodate film equipment
  • Adding wiring for video monitors so crew members can see footage in real-time
  • Wrapping the exterior in matte black vinyl so it doesn’t reflect in other vehicles
“We’ve never done anything like this before with an SUV because there’s never been an SUV like Edge ST in our showroom,” said Mark Grueber, Ford SUV marketing manager. “It has the performance chops and utility to keep up with fast-paced moviemaking.”

This one-of-a-kind Edge ST camera car will join the Pursuit Systems stable of high-performance vehicles, taking its place along camera cars converted from a BMW X5 M, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and a Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG. Pursuit plans to use it in future film and commercial projects.






About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 201,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

About Pursuit Systems

Pursuit Systems, established in 2001, specializes in the design and manufacture of advanced specialty equipment for the motion picture and television production industries. Pursuit’s cranes, camera cars and tracking vehicles are leading edge tools for directors and cinematographers. The Pursuit High Speed Gyro Stabilized Crane, the R1 Carbon Fiber Arm, and the Ford Raptor Off-Road Camera Car are tangible expressions of innovative design.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

VMAC G30 SOLVES COMMON AIR COMPRESSOR CHALLENGES

Common Air Compressor Challenges


To celebrate the recent launch of the VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor, now powered by Honda, VMAC ran a G30 Giveaway Contest. (Watch the video on our Facebook page!) In this contest we asked entrants to answer three simple questions. One of these questions asked fleet managers and operators what their top challenges with their current truck-mounted air compressors are. Here are the results:

Common Air Compressor Challenges

With seven options to choose from, the top three results were size, air output and weight, accounting for almost 60% of the responses. The VMAC G30 was designed and engineered to address the concerns fleet managers and operators have with their current equipment.

SIZE

VMAC G30 Gas Drive Air CompressorAir compressor size was the number one challenge our survey identified. The VMAC G30 is 50% smaller* than other competitive air compressors, measuring just 34” (l) x 21.5” (w) x 24” (h), making it small enough to fit on the side pack of a single rear wheel service body. The compact size frees up to 15 cubic feet on the truck body, and leaves more room in the back of the truck for supplies, tools, and equipment. Another bonus is that visibility is improved, as the short height of the G30 means it won’t obstruct the view in the rear window.

VMAC G30 Gas Drive Air Compressor

AIR OUTPUT

Not only is the G30 compact, it is also powerful—50% more powerful* than other competitive air compressors. Producing 30 CFM 100% of the time, the G30 can operate at 100% duty cycle, which means you won’t have to wait for air to build, and you can work without interruption, thanks to continuous air supply. The G30 doesn’t need a large air receiver tank either, which aids in the size challenge.

WEIGHT

Weight challenges are minimized with the VMAC G30, which weighs 50% less* than other competitive air compressors. Weighing just 205 lbs (93 kg), the G30 is over 200 lbs lighter. Not only does every pound of GVW count when building a truck service body, especially because vehicle weight restrictions vary by state, but the Environmental Protection Agency reports that for every 100 lbs of weight reduction, a vehicle’s fuel economy can increase by up to 2%. This means that with 200lbs less weight, the VMAC G30 can save you up to 4% in truck fuel costs.

*Compared to competing 22 to 30 CFM reciprocating gas engine driven air compressors, with 30-gallon air receiver tank.

OPERATING IN COLD TEMPERATURES

Respondents in Canada and the Northeast and Midwestern states noted operating air compressors in cold temperatures to be particularly challenging. To ensure the air compressor can operate in extreme cold, a cold climate kit can be installed on the G30. The G30 with cold climate kit is proven to start-up at temperatures of -30°C (-22°F).**

**Due diligence and additional care may be required for prolonged operation in temperatures reaching below -15°C (5°F).

TRANSFERABILITY

The VMAC G30’s lightweight and compact design makes it easier to transfer than heavier air compressors weighing over 400 lbs. The lifting hook makes for easy installation on the service truck as well.

MAINTENANCE

The VMAC G30 is easy to maintain, with servicing recommended every 200 hours or every 6 months. The compressor is oil injected; oil forms a seal between the rotors so they don’t wear against each other. The G30 compressor doesn’t contain any gears, reed-valves, piston rings, or components that will fatigue or become fouled, which means with proper servicing and operation, the compressor should never require rebuilding. The G30 comes with a VMAC Lifetime Limited Warranty, and the reliable Honda GX390 engine comes with a 3-year warranty (limited).

OPERATING IN HOT TEMPERATURES

Operating air compressors in hot temperatures was a concern for some operators and fleet managers, predominately those located in areas like Texas, Virginia, Arizona, and California. The G30 is proven to operate at temperatures up to 40°C (104°F) and is protected by a compressor oil temperature switch that opens at 140°C (284°F) and shuts down and disables the engine until the oil temperature drops below 139°C (282°F).

MINIMIZE CHALLENGES WITH THE VMAC G30

Each of these seven challenges can be addressed with upgrading your air compressor to the VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor. Not only is it 50% smaller, 50% lighter, and 50% more powerful, but it is also proven to operate in the most extreme climates. It’s also easy to transfer and maintain, allowing you to spend your time on the job, not struggling with your equipment.

Learn more about the VMAC G30, or find a dealer. You can also find a VMAC Sales Rep—they’ll be happy to answer your questions, and provide you with a demo of the air compressor, so you can see the G30 in action for yourself.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Just a Taste | F-150 | Ford


Consider the Ford F-150 with dynamic hitch assist and Pro Trailer Backup Assist.™* Become part of America’s best-selling brand** with a Ford vehicle.

*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle.
**Based on 2017 CY sales.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

BOSS INFINITY 80 - Hydraulic driven compressor

 Infinity 80

Our all new BOSS INFINITY 80 is a compact, strategically designed system. It integrates all major components on a single frame, which is enclosed in a tough, weather-resistant canopy.

The INFINITY 80's rotary screw design guarantees continuous output of up to 80 CFM at 100 PSI. With built-in access ports and a hinged canopy panel, virtually all components are accessible for maintenance and service.

THe INFINITY 80 is our most versitile hydraulic driven compressor to date. Perfect for the fleet retrofit or a new installation.

HYDRAULIC REQUIREMENTS
Delivery 45 CFM @ 175 PSIG 10.7 GPM 2900 PSIG
Delivery 60 CFM @ 175 PSIG 14.0 GPM 3000 PSIG
Delivery 65 CFM @ 150 PSIG 15.0 GPM 2750 PSIG
Delivery 80 CFM @ 100 PSIG 17.8 GPM 2300 PSIG

Learn more at:  http://bossair.com/products/hydraulic-driven-compressors/rotary-screw/item/infinity-61

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Quick Guide To Industry Acronyms

 Quick Guide To Industry Acronyms

Understanding the many industry acronyms and terms can be overwhelming. This quick guide can get you up to speed on some of the most important terms and meanings.

GVW – Gross Vehicle Weight
This is the total weight of the truck, including all passengers, drivers, cargo, accessories, fuel, and fluid in the engine at any point in time. It is important that this measurement does not go over the GVWR, or it can be a safety hazard.

GVWR – Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
This is the maximum total vehicle weight that is safe for the truck, established by the chassis manufacturer. The weight of the truck, any cargo, and passengers including the driver, as well as any fuel and fluid in the engine is included in the rating. Chassis manufacturers will most often set the GVWR lower than the combined axle ratings (the total amount of weight an individual axle can carry). This is due to the chassis manufacturer’s internal safety standards for durability, stability, and handling, as well as SAE International test protocols.

GCWR – Gross Combined Weight Rating
Everything that moves with the vehicle is included in the GCWR. The weight of the truck, any cargo, passengers including the driver, any fluid or fuel in the truck, as well as the weight of the trailer and the trailer’s cargo is included. Exceeding the GCWR can cause a safety hazard.

Payload
The cargo carrying capacity of a vehicle is the payload. It is calculated by subtracting the vehicles’ weight including passengers and the driver from the GVWR. Exceeding the Payload capacity can cause damage to your suspension, chassis, frame, tires, and many other parts of the truck.

CA – Cab to Axle
The cab-to-axle measurement is the distance from the back of the truck cab to the center of the rear axle. Clear CA or effective CA is the distance from the rear surface of any obstruction behind the cab to the center of the rear axle. If you have a tandem axle truck, then it is measured to the midpoint between the two rear axles. This measurement can help you determine the length of the body that can be mounted on the chassis.

Wheelbase
The wheelbase is the distance between the centers of the front and rear axles. When the truck has more than two axels, it is the distance between the steering axle and the center point of the driving axle group. This can affect body installation, weight distribution, and truck performance.

SRW – Single Rear Wheel
A single rear wheel refers to a chassis that has one wheel on each side of the rear axle. Single Rear wheels make for smoother driving without cargo, as well as easier driving in cities, suburbs, and highways. These trucks are more affordable to purchase outright, and have better fuel economy. A single rear wheel has less towing capability than a dual rear wheel, and less stability when towing in windy conditions.

DRW – Dual Rear Wheel
A dual rear wheel refers to a chassis that has two wheels on each side of the rear axle. This feature is a must if you are towing large payloads, or driving through rough terrain. It adds stability to your truck which increases safety for your divers and cargo. Having a dual rear wheel will allow the driver to safely get off the road in the case of a tire blowing out. Trucks with a dual rear wheel can be difficult to maneuver in cities, where parking and tight streets can be challenging. This feature can also reduce the truck’s mpg, especially in cities, and increase maintenance costs, because there are at least two extra tires to replace or rotate.

CDL – Commercial Driver’s License
The vehicle’s GVWR is one of the factors that will effect whether the diver needs a CDL. If the truck has a GVWR, and GVW of 26,000 lbs. or lower, the driver does not need a CDL.

Class A
A Class A license is required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 lbs. or more. This includes towing a trailer weighing over 10,000 lbs. which makes the vehicle and trailer rating over 26,001 lbs.

Class B
A Class B license is required to operate a single vehicle with a GVWR or 26,001 lbs. or more, and/or a vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or heavier that is towing another vehicle weighting up to 10,000 lbs.

Class C
A Class C license is required if the vehicle you intend to drive does not meet the criteria for either Class A or B and it is meant to transport either: 16 or more passengers including the driver or hazardous material.

Original Source: NTEA Truck Equipment Glossary


Blog Source: https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2018/08/quick-guide-to-industry-acronyms

Friday, October 12, 2018

About the 2018 SEMA Show

 

The SEMA Show takes place October 30 - November 2, 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

The 2017 SEMA Show drew more than 70,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 3,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more…

Note: The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public. 

Learn more at:  https://www.semashow.com/the-sema-show


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

ODYNE System Overview

Odyne has pioneered plug-in technology for medium and heavy duty truck applications. Our systems can provide the needed power for multiple chassis manufacturers and multiple weight classes.
Odyne's plug-in hybrid truck solution offers several advantages to stand-alone alternatively fueled vehicles and vehicles powered by conventional internal combustion engines: the Odyne plug-in hybrid truck can provide your company with:
 
• Lower operating costs and faster ROI through improved fuel efficiency• Lower vehicle emissions
• Lower noise level • Lower maintenance costs

Odyne Parallel Hybrid System Architecture Diagram

Odyne Parallel Hybrid System Diagram


 ODYNE SYSTEM BENEFITS:
The combined strength of Odyne with its partners and affiliates, provides our valued customers with a range of services unparalleled in our industry!


Learn more at: www.odyne.com

Saturday, October 6, 2018

PTO Driven Underdeck Systems Walk Around Video



Understand the unique and powerful components of Vanair's PTO Driven Underdeck Air Compressor/Generator Systems, their benefits and features.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

GoLight Product Information Video



This is a product video of GoLight, Inc. GoLight creates industry leading lighting solutions for recreation, military, automotive, and more.


Sunday, September 30, 2018

TRANSFER FLOW - INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY FOR FUEL AND PROFITS!


A Transfer Flow fuel tank installed on your work truck allows you to spend less time at the fuel pump and more time on the job. Increased capacity gives you the option to shop for the best fuel prices, and save money by purchasing more fuel at one time.


With almost 35 years of engineering and manufacturing fuel tank systems, some of the biggest and best companies trust Transfer Flow for their fuel system needs. To increase the driving range on one vehicle or a fleet of vehicles, we have the manufacturing capabilities and product diversity to help you grow your business.

Increase your capacity for fuel and profits by contacting us at 800-826-5776 or visit our website at transferflow.com.

Transfer Flow – we fuel YOUR success!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

5 Tire Tips For A Safer Work Truck

 Work Truck Tires

Tires withstand severe environments throughout their life on a work truck. Holding up to heavy loads and traveling on a multitude of surfaces are common for work truck tires. Most of us give the tires on our work truck little thought until they are in need of replacement. While this strategy may have worked for you in the past, neglecting to regularly check the condition of your tires will eventually catch up to you and leave you stranded on the side of the road. If your truck is down, your work is down. Utilize these tips to keep your work truck off the shoulder.

1. Tread Depth

Check tread depth often utilizing the penny test (a minimum of 2/32” of tread left on the tire). Most make the mistake of checking one spot on each tire, to ensure even wear check at least three spots on each tire.
2. Tire Pressure

Keep a tire pressure gauge in each work truck and check the pressure regularly. Keep the tire pressure within the vehicle’s recommended PSI range.
3. Cracks, Checks & More

Check for cracks, punctures, tears, bulges, bumps or tread separation. If you come across any exposed strands of metal or fabric, take the truck out of the field and have the tire(s) replaced as soon as possible.
4. Alignment

Keep proper alignment of your work truck tires. If they are improperly aligned it will result in premature wear and tear on the tires.
5. Overloading

Don’t overload! Your work truck (and tires) are only rated to handle so much weight. Overloading can create a recipe for disaster on not just your tires but your entire vehicle.


Source: https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2018/05/5-tire-tips-for-a-safer-work-truck


Monday, September 24, 2018

All-New 2019 Ford Ranger: BLIS With Trailer Coverage Makes Towing Easier



BLIS With Trailer Coverage uses radar housed in Ranger’s taillights to monitor blind spots all the way to the back of the trailer. Ranger can store up to three trailer profiles, including a trailer’s length, to let the radar system know how far back to provide warnings when another vehicle is traveling next to the trailer. The 2019 Ford Ranger is the only midsize pickup that comes with this technology.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Highway Products | Warehouse Walkthrough


Highway Products, Inc. was founded in 1980 and we have been fabricating aluminum ever since. We back all of our products with a Lifetime Warranty.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

INVOLVE YOUR TECHS WITH SPEC'ING WORK TRUCKS

 Store Long Items

Many business owners or fleet and equipment managers cringe when the time comes to purchase new work trucks. When you don’t work out of the vehicle that is being purchased, it can be a challenge to understand the daily application and requirements. Incorrectly “spec’ing” the vehicle translates into lost ROI, safety issues and unhappy techs.

Many companies choose one extreme or the other when it comes to input from the techs that actually use the vehicle. Either the techs get little to no input on the new work trucks or the company leaves it up to the techs entirely. The best approach, for both the company and techs, is to establish a collaborative process. One that values the perspective of the technicians while taking into account the position and direction of the company. Read on to discover how.
On the side of technicians...

The work truck is the mobile office of the technician. It can also serve as the shop, break area and more. Regardless if they are HVAC techs, plumbers, or electricians, they all depend on their work truck on a daily basis. With the next work truck purchase approaching, be sure to gather this information from the techs to ensure it is set up to be efficient and safe.

  •     Thoroughly understand what is stored on the vehicle. Are there a lot of hand tools that can be found quicker if a set of mechanics drawers are provided? Do they carry a lot of hardware or small parts that warrant parts bins. Does any larger equipment (think ladders) or materials (think pipes) eat up too much space in the bed? If the tech spends 15 minutes on every jobsite just trying to locate and retrieve what they need on the vehicle, it is time to increase organization which will lead to better efficiency.
  •     Are there repetitive motions being performed that put the tech at risk of injury while on the job? For instance, are they stepping up and down on a tall bumper or lifting heavy components or equipment in and out of the bed? Items like cable steps mounted to the bumper or collapsable cargo area cranes can alleviate these dangerous repetitive motions. Without asking, you may never uncover these issues.
  •     While creature comforts in the cab may seem like just convenience to you, for the tech they may make the difference between happy on the job and feeling appreciated or hating to go to work every day. These can be as small as power windows or as big as remote start.
  •     Last, but certainly not least, are safety and security. Is the tech having rear visibility issues when reversing on a jobsite or attempting to hook up to a trailer? Are their tools and equipment commonly stolen when working in high-theft areas? Investing in rear vision cameras and enhanced security options can make a huge difference in the safety and security of the work truck.
On the side of business owners and fleet/equipment managers…

While work trucks can be a major expense, business owners and fleet managers also realize work trucks are a major contributor to revenue. However, with all businesses there are budgets to maintain. No one understands the position of the company better than a business owner or fleet manager. Be sure to take the following items into account prior to the next work truck purchases.

  •     The jobs that are being done today may change dramatically a few years down the road, depending on the growth and direction of the company and the industry. Many companies will keep work trucks in service for a long period, some for 10 years or more. Keep this in mind as the work trucks may need to transition along with the business.
  •     Cost will always be a major limiting factor with work truck purchases. While the techs may want the Cadillac, that can’t always be the outcome. Maximize the value by creating the best work truck possible with the money that has been allocated.
  •     Maintenance costs can drain the ROI directly out of a work truck. Spec a work truck that has a solid reputation of reliability and performance. Sometimes, the best place to obtain this info is from other business owners or fleet managers.

Remember, take into account both sides of the coin in order to produce the best possible work truck.

Source:  https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2018/05/involve-your-techs-with-specing-work-trucks


Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Better Way To Store Long Ladders

Material Rack

We’ve all been there, you pull up to a jobsite and need to retrieve something from your vehicle. Unfortunately that something is obstructed by your ladder that is stored in the bed space of your work truck. So instead of getting what you need right away, you are stuck with removing your ladder to get to it. Your ladder is a vital piece of equipment so it has to stay on your vehicle but it constantly is in the way forcing you to waste time. You begin to wonder, isn’t there a better way to store my ladder?
Of course there is. Regardless if you work out of a pickup, service body, utility body or flatbed there are options to efficiently store ladders.

Read on to discover how: https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2018/05/a-better-way-to-store-long-ladders

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Detroit Auto Show Trades Winter for Summer

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The North American International Auto Show is moving, although not from its physical location in downtown Detroit. Rather, it's moving down the calendar by five months.

While the 2019 NAIAS — also known as the Detroit auto show — will happen in January, the 2020 show will forgo winter and set up shop in and around the Cobo Center in June.

The move will allow one of the country's premiere auto shows to highlight Detroit's downtown assets and present an auto show that resembles an indoor/outdoor festival and dream car cruise. The Detroit Auto Dealers Association, the show organizer, said opportunities for consumer engagement will be endless. Exhibitors will be able to give media members and showgoers the opportunity to actually drive new cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers in newly designed interactive vehicle displays. Ride and drives, autonomous/automated driving, off-road challenges and more are all on the table.

The 2019 show and schedule will be similar to years past, with Jan. 14-15 being press preview days and the public show running Jan 19-27. The show will then take 17 months off to prepare for the all-new 2020 show. The Detroit auto show has seen a declining number of automakers participating due to timing, cost and audience turnout. Time will tell whether this reinvention will attract the big auto debuts that once were a hallmark of the show before it had to compete with the November Los Angeles Auto Show and the January Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Read more from the source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2018/07/detroit-auto-show-trades-winter-for-summer.html#more


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Ford Service Advice: Do I Need an Oil Change? | Service Advice | Ford



This helpful video will explain why it’s important to keep up with regular oil changes to help ensure your vehicle lasts a long time.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Ford Service Advice: Do I Need New Tires? | Service Advice | Ford



This video will explain the importance of having proper tread on your tires to ensure safety, performance, and handling, how to check tread depth, as well as key signs that you may need to replace your tires. Learn more about Ford Service Advice here: http://ford.to/FordOwner

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Ford F-150: Walkaround | F-150 | Ford



Take an in-depth look at the Ford F-150 with Master Rigger Sean Riley, and see what it means when we say the F-150 doesn't just raise the bar, it is the bar.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Ford F-150: Engine Lineup | F-150 | Ford



The F-150 now offers its most advanced engine lineup of with variants that can work for anyone. See how the Ford F-150 doesn't just raise the bar, it is the bar.

Learn more about the F-150 here: http://ford.to/2018F150

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Horizon Bullnose Bumper by Ranch Hand

 For Ford F250/F350/F450/F550 Super Duty With Top Ring



The Horizon Front Bumper is Ranch Hand’s smooth metal series composed of 7-gauge steel with matte black finish. The sleek contoured design remains true to Ranch Hand's reputation for strength and durability.

Horizon Bullnose Bumper
PART NUMBER : HFF175BMT

Learn more at: https://www.ranchhand.com/ford.html

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

2019 F-150 Limited Gains High-Output EcoBoost V6 Making It the Most Powerful, Advanced and Luxurious F-150 Ever

  • Powerful: Thanks to the addition of a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine, the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited is the most powerful light-duty pickup in America
  • Advanced: New F-150 Limited offers a showcase of Ford technologies ranging from optional Pro Trailer Backup Assist to standard 360-degree camera system; FordPass Connect 4G LTE modem provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices
  • Luxurious: Updated interior incorporating new Camel Back two-tone color also includes heated, ventilated and massaging leather front seats, genuine ash swirl wood trim, premium aluminum-wrapped bezels and tasteful detailing to create a luxurious cabin
DEARBORN, Mich., July 26, 2018 – For Ford pickup fans who love Raptor power but want a more upscale package, America’s truck leader is delivering with the new 2019 F-150 Limited.

“F-150 Limited customers create their own success. The truck is their reward,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “They wanted more power, so we combined Raptor’s engine with Limited’s business-class features to deliver Baja fierceness, boardroom style and the grit to tackle tough jobs.”

Rated at 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, the new Ford F-150 Limited leads the competition, offering more power than any light-duty pickup on the road. F-150 Limited sports a new dual exhaust system with exhaust tips smoothly integrated into new rear bumper cutouts.


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In addition to improved performance, F-150 Limited’s refined cabin delivers an elegant, purposeful interior that is also Built Ford Tough. Customers are treated to a luxurious cabin that features the best of the best in terms of Ford craftsmanship, material quality and head-turning design.

“It was important for us to get this interior just right as we continue to raise the bar for premium pickup trucks,” said Aileen Barraza, Ford color and materials manager. “The materials we chose to incorporate are authentic, distinctive and durable.”

Luxurious materials used throughout include a Miko® suede headliner and leather-topped instrument panel and door panels. “The gradated ash swirl trim is like something you see in a fine instrument,” said Barraza. “Each piece is hand-finished, and a halo around the edges with a heavily polished center really brings out the natural beauty of this wood.”

New Camel Back two-tone leather is soft to the touch and multicontour front seats feature Active Motion® for lumbar support and a soothing massage to help reduce lower back and leg fatigue. A heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated captain’s chairs provide additional comfort in the front. Each new F-150 Limited includes a laser-etched plaque on the center console armrest bearing its serial number.

Every aspect of the truck’s interior has been scrutinized down to the smallest detail – even the holes in the microperforated leather are enlarged to improve cooling performance.

Signature design elements include raised Limited lettering on the hood, polished aluminum 22-inch wheels, unique satin-finish grille and tailgate applique, and satin-finish window trim and door handles. Standard power-deployable running boards, remote start, tailgate release and a twin-panel moonroof helps make the new F-150 Limited a premium choice.

Technology to enhance
F-150 Limited customers expect purposeful technology in a premium pickup truck. An integrated trailer brake controller is standard, as is a 360-degree camera with split-view display with dynamic hitch assist to simplify the hitching process. Class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ is optional to make maneuvering easier by letting drivers rotate a knob to control its direction, with the truck automatically steering to follow the course selected.

F-150 Limited’s driver-assist technology works to reduce daily stress. Standard adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality allows drivers to set a cruising speed, and then uses radar and camera technology to monitor traffic ahead to maintain a set distance between vehicles – even following one down to a complete stop. Standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking helps drivers avoid or mitigate collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians. Active park assist to aid in parallel parking, plus a Lane-Keeping System that provides alerts and assistance with lane drift are standard as well.

F-150 Limited features SYNC® 3 with AppLink™, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, and a FordPass™ Connect 4G LTE modem that provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. Audiophiles will appreciate the standard B&O PLAY™ audio system by HARMAN.
Ford offers a light-duty pickup for every truck customer – from the work-ready Ford F-150 XL to the top-of-the-line Ford F-150 Limited. Look for the 2019 F-150 Limited, the most powerful, advanced and luxurious F-150 ever in dealer showrooms later this year.



 

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 201,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ford F-150: Smart Capability For Improved Productivity | F-150 | Ford


Capability, strength and smarts are just a few reasons the Ford F-150 doesn't just raise the bar, it is the bar.

Friday, August 10, 2018

KargoMaster Utility Cross Bars Van Rack with Wind Deflector

 Utility Cross Bars Van Rack with Wind Deflector

Features
  •     Utility Van 2 Crossbar Rack #40821 fits all compact vans (Transit Connect, ProMaster City, Chevy City Express, Nissan NV200) and all full-size Ford Transit, Nissan, Mercedes Metris vans.
  •     Optional Utility Van 3rd Middle Crossbar #40822 helps protect the roof from damage when loading ladder or cargo.
  •     Rear Roller Bar #40829 makes it easy for the operator to roll a ladder into place. #40829  is for the low roof Ford Transit ONLY.
  •     #40823 2 Cross Bar Rack and #40824 3rd Cross Bar are still the correct application for the Chevrolet Express and the GMC Savana.
Application
  •     Each model fits compact Transit Connect, Ram Promaster City, Nissan NV200, Chevrolet City Express, and full-size Transit and Nissan vans.
  •     A “table-top design” which allows the cross bars to extend past the mounting foot toward the outside edge of the van roof.
View our full selection of van ladder racks.

Part # 40821 – Utility Van 2 Crossbars WHITE
Part # 40822 – Utility Van 3rd Crossbars for 40821 WHITE
Part # 40829 – Rear Roller Bar for 40821 FOR FORD TRANSIT ONLY
Part # 40830 – Retractable Ratchet Straps (1-1/2″ x 6″ -Mount Brackets Included – for 40821)

http://www.kargomaster.com/products/commercial-van-equipment/van-cargo-rack-systems/utility-cross-bars-van-rack.html


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Rugby Eliminator LP Dump Body


The Eliminator LP Dump Body, by Rugby Manufacturing, is the industry leader in Class 3-5. Featuring a sleek, streamline style and designed for maximum durability, these units are available in 9' to 12' lengths with 12 and 17" side height options. Units come equipped with a sloped 1/4 cab shield that has a slotted viewing window. A lower mounting height improves the body’s overall stability. The patented EZ-LATCH™ system is also included for easy tailgate operation and maximum safety.

Other industry leading design features include:
  •     10 ga construction throughout on bodies with rigid sides, bodies with fold down sides have 12 ga sides
  •     Fully boxed and tapered dirt-shedding top rail
  •     Double-walled rigid sides with 6" vertical braces
  •     Single-walled fold down sides with 6" vertical braces
  •     Pockets for 6" side boards increase load capacity
  •     Side design includes fully boxed 45° dirt shedding top rail and a 50° sloped bottom rail for a completely self-cleaning profi le
  •     Front body's seamless one-piece design features triple bend top rails for long-term durability
  •     Stacked understructure consisting of 5" structural long members overlaid with 3" structural I-beam crossmembers spaced 16" (12" optional) apart
  •     1/4 cab shield with viewing window
  •     Full height corner posts with rear surface sloped 6° aids in tailgate closing
  •     Tailgate double walled panel design fabricated from 10 ga steel featuring fully boxed dirt-shedding top and bottom rails. Two vertical braces to provide additional strength and rigidity
Body Options
2-3 & 3-4 Yard Rigid & Fold Down Side Carbon Steel:
  •     Cabshields (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, Full) Standard and Tall
  •     7-gauge floor
  •     Cross sills on 12" centers
  •     Understructure Options: 
    • Stacked  
    • Crossmemberless
Aluminum Side Assemblies available on 3-4 yard Fold Down Side model

Standard Features
  •     Cab Shield Posts
  •     Full depth front pillars include easily locating cut-out for fast installation of cab shield insert. Makes all Eliminator LP cab shields interchangeable, helping to keep inventory low.
  •     Fold down sides feature a centrally located quick release lever that extends and retracts 3/4" pins at each end using a solid linkage member. Weight-saving aluminum fold down sides are optional on steel bodies.
  •     Low Mount Hoist
  •     The Eliminator LP's lower mounting height improves the body's overall stability. Actual mounting height 7 5/8".
  •     Rugby's patented and industry leading EZ-LATCH™ (located on each side of body) allows for easy body access. The latch system is designed for quick opening and slam lock operation with a cam action to draw-in upper tailgate pins.
Find Rugby Eliminator Accessories  and other products at:
 http://www.rugbymfg.com/light-dump-bodies/eliminator-lp.html


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Ford Motor Company Earns Its Best-Ever Score in 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study; Five Nameplates Receive Highest Honors





  • Ford Motor Company ranks No. 2 among all automakers in 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study for the second straight year, earning its best overall score in the report’s 32-year history
  • Ford quality improves for the fifth straight year with competitive boost from easy-to-use SYNC® 3 technology available for almost every Ford and Lincoln vehicle
  • Ford and Lincoln vehicles earn five quality segment awards combined in the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study – more than any other automaker
DEARBORN, Mich., June 20, 2018 – Ford Motor Company has earned its best-ever scores in the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, thanks to overall quality improvements that are outpacing the industry, especially in advanced audio, connectivity, entertainment and navigation technology. Now in its 32nd year, the J.D. Power study, which measures vehicle quality by analyzing the first 90 days of ownership, ranks Ford Motor Company No. 2 among all automakers.

Ford’s scores are helped by substantial improvements in technology quality. Almost every Ford and Lincoln vehicle equipped with SYNC® 3 connectivity technology, leads its quality segments with significantly better than average quality scores.

“Customers want a vehicle that keeps them connected whether they’re going places or just out enjoying a drive,” said Jim VanSlambrouck, Ford's Director of Quality for The Americas. “Our improving quality scores show we are delivering smart vehicles for a smart world that are also easy to use.”

Ford also showed improvements in exterior, seating, the drive experience, feature control displays, the interior and air conditioning categories. As a result Ford Motor Company earned more vehicle segment awards than any other automaker. Overall, the company has nine vehicles in the top three of their respective segments – including top honors for Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang, Ford F-Series Super Duty, Lincoln Continental and Lincoln MKC.

The Ford brand improves for the fifth year in a row and at a rate faster than the industry, showing 81 problems per 100 vehicles, down from 86 in 2017. Lincoln improves to a third-place ranking among premium brands, with 83 problems per 100 vehicles, down from 92 in 2017.

“While we’re pleased with our results, we know quality is a race that never ends – and we’ll keep pushing to deliver even higher-quality vehicles for our customers,” said VanSlambrouck.
With continuous improvements by both brands, Ford Motor Company retains its second-place ranking among all automakers in this year’s study.



About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 202,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Amerideck System for Transporting Tools and Equipment



SUPERDECK
With the SuperDeck option, items ranging from tools to landscape equipment can easily be picked-up and delivered. As safety and efficiency are also a priority, we have implemented ways to avoid injuries using less manpower than traditional methods of transporting equipment. The SuperDeck model assures the safe delivery of your product with our security features, such as tie down points and body locks  .Serving multiple purposes in commercial and industrial settings, the SuperDeck is a fine alternative to any utility trailer. It’s ability to load and unload items from ground level increases efficiency and speed. The SuperDeck, has proven to be a valuable asset for many industries that deliver tools, equipment, and general cargo on a regular basis.

Learn more at:  http://enovenind.com/products-2/hookloaders/amerideck/

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Adrian Steel AD Series Shelving



Adrian Steel Adjustable Shelving. This is the latest in cargo van interior technology. Get yours @ www.inlad.com 1-800-377-5652

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Harbor Van Interiors- PHVAC, Electrical - Telecom


Plumbing Heating and Ventilation service technicians need to carry bottles of Nitro, CO2 or Brazing torch gases to pressure test systems, purge a system, blow out coils, or solder or repair lines. 

The Electrical/Telecom package is designed to satisfy your need with a 3-tank holder mounted off the rear shelf  panel, four (4) drawer packs, and a lockable storage compartment for valuable components. 

How about adding a drop-down rack for your different size ladders that help you get to that system? Keep your tanks at 40 cu.ft. or less if you have to carry them up the ladder!

Learn more at: http://htbi.net/


Monday, July 23, 2018

Kal Tire Tests VMAC’s Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor

 G30 Gas Driven Air CompressorG30 Gas Driven Air Compressor Mounted

Founded in 1953, Kal Tire is Canada’s largest independent tire dealer and tire services provider with over 250 stores. It is also a global leader in mining tire services with 150 international mine sites. The company’s success can be attributed to several guiding principles, which Kal Tire refers to as The Aims. By fulfilling The Aims, each of Kal Tire’s 5,600 employees is personally contributing to the overall success and safety of each customer, guest, and team member.

Learn more at:  https://www.vmacair.com/blog/kal-tire-upgrades-vmacs-gas-engine-driven-air-compressor-powered-honda/?utm_campaign=Blog%20Posts&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8WLgIKn-Snr8yDCcHpUYrkn3MCPtsIS4FtxkY_o7EBfl5C87yc9wDKiPfvH4x-VhdN3OXlhZo8Uya81YhrzzfmR0DiPw&_hsmi=63515077&utm_content=63515077&utm_source=hs_email&hsCtaTracking=a2ec3e29-7745-4b7b-8ed8-8aae01bcfec2%7C0cf28e71-c080-4333-b0f3-41efb3dd8cc4

Friday, July 20, 2018

Loading paint with a BEDSLIDE



Loading 19 five gallon paint buckets made easy with a BEDSLIDE. Make your truck bed easier to access. Slide all your card under the tonneau cover on your BEDSLIDE. For more info visit BEDSLIDE.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sortimo at the 2018 Work Truck Show



Didn't get the chance to attend the 2018 Work Truck Show last month? See what you missed from Sortimo.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

VMAC launches new interactive vehicle application list

 
 VMAC announced the launch of a new interactive vehicle application list for dealers and customers on VMACAIR.com.


This latest list features several improvements over the previous application list, including the integration of a searchable application database. Users can now search and filter by VMAC system, vehicle model year, chassis, engine, and manufacturer to find the available vehicle integrated air compressors, multi-power systems, and Throttle Commander controls.



“VMAC is committed to being the responsive leader in mobile compressed air innovation. This spirit of innovation has resulted in the development of new online tools that help create an exceptional user experience from the start,” said Mike Pettigrew, VMAC marketing manager. “The search and filter functions on the vehicle application list enhance the online experience for our dealers and customers, allowing them to promptly find the compatible VMAC systems for their vehicle.”

In addition to the search and filter functions on the new VMAC application database, the application list also includes drop-down fields and the ability to sort results by model year, make, engine, system type, chassis, VMAC part number, max CFM and max psi. Further features include easy-to-access links to applicable system manuals and tech bulletins. VMAC dealers will find that once logged into the VMAC website, the application list will also show estimated install times for each system.

The VMAC application list has been designed to be responsive, which means it can automatically resize itself for proper viewing on mobile devices, including phones and tablets. Those who prefer to review the list on paper will be pleased to know it has been formatted to be printable with the push of a button.

“With this new interactive vehicle application list, our customers and dealers will be able to access the most accurate and current information within a matter of seconds,” Pettigrew explained. “This new tool is just the start of VMAC’s commitment to innovation online, which will continue to ensure our dealers and customers have the best online experience in the industry.”

To see the new application list, visit www.vmacair.com/application-lists.