New Products (February 01, 2000)

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East offers crush-resistant floors

East Manufacturing’s new crush-resistant floor package is available on its full line of platform trailers.

The Concentrated Load Package (CLP) offers better support and protection to haulers of concentrated loads, such as steel.

An eight-foot section near the center of the trailer floor is reinforced with extra aluminum frame crossmembers and floor crossmembers. This section is fortified by solid aluminum bars that are inserted into the hollow floor planks and welded.

The CLP increases the weight of a 96-inch-wide platform trailer by 176 lb. and a 102-inch-wide trailer by 208 lb.

For information, call 330-325-9921.

Kenworth has added to its PremierCare Program by introducing a preventive maintenance program available to customers on a contract basis.

Under the program, customers sign a preventive maintenance agreement which allows them to service their trucks at any participating Kenworth dealer in Canada and the U.S. at the same service and price level specified in the agreement.

Kenworth sets up a customized preventive maintenance plan based on a customer’s chassis number, preferred service intervals, contract length, operating profile and general operating area.

As the truck approaches the mileage or time when service is due, the customer schedules an appointment by calling Kenworth’s PremierCare Customer Center at 1-800-KW ASSIST.

The new Scale-O-Matic line from Holland Neway International includes three models that quickly and easily can be applied to most truck and trailer air-ride suspension applications. The line was redesigned and consolidated to increase flexibility and improve durability.

The scales measure payload quickly and economically by measuring air pressure in the air springs supporting the vehicle load. The gauge is encased in a heavy-duty weatherproof box that mounts easily in a convenient location. The Scale-O-Matic is suitable for almost any climate. For information, call 231-773-3271.

A new series of engine mounts, introduced by Barry Controls, is designed to provide superior noise and vibration absorption. The mounts are used with truck engines, cabs, transmissions and fuel tanks.

The one-piece 500 Series mounts are available in seven sizes with 31 load ratings up to 1,780 lb. This series provides high load-carrying capacity and a compact size.

The HR Series mounts are designed to isolate vibrations of diesel engines with five or fewer cylinders. Other applications include isolating pumps and compressors.

The 22000 Series mounts were designed for heavy-duty applications. They are sturdy and reliable and are available in five sizes with load ratings up to 4,560 lb.

For information, call 617-787-1555.

The World’s Greatest Working Trucks, The Best of Colorado and Utah is a full-color, 96-page coffee-table book of truck photographs taken by well-known photographer Earl Johnson of Seattle, Wash. It features many High Rockies fleet photos with stunning backgrounds and an editorial section on the industries of the two states, including historical background information.

The book is published by Lotus Publications. Copies are available through bookstores or web sites such as Ask for ISBN 9649645-6-2. You also can purchase the book from the publisher by calling 800-79/Lotus or visiting its web site at

Valvoline’s Commercial/Industrial Division, Cummins Engine Co. and Fleetguard/Nelson have teamed up on a Mark Martin oil-change promotion.

Customers who get an oil change with either Valvoline’s Premium Blue or Premium Blue 2000 engine oils, will receive a set of Mark Martin mud flaps, valued at US $30.

The customer simply has to send in his original invoice and coupon available at a participating dealer or distributor and the mud flaps will be mailed to his home. The promotion, which ends June 30, 2000, is made available through participating Cummins dealers and distributors. For information, call 800-ALL-FLEET.

General Motors Corporation has unveiled its new line of full-size pickup trucks with enhanced engine and transmission offerings.

The Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD will be offered in three-quarter and one-ton versions and will be powered by an improved Vortec 6000 engine or the all-new Duramax 6600 or Vortec 8100 V8 engines. The two new engines can be mated to an all-new Series 1000 Allison five-speed automatic transmission. A new ZF six-speed manual also is available.

The Duramax Diesel 6600 will deliver 300 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque. It also will provide advanced injection techniques and will better control noise and vibration.

The Vortec 8100 8.1-liter gasoline engine offers targeted horsepower ratings of 340 hp at 4,200 rpm and 455 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 rpm. It also offers a 50 per cent increase in ignition energy, a reduction in emissions and improved idle quality.

The Vortec 6000 has a targeted horsepower rating of 325 and 370 lb-ft of available torque.

In addition to new engine and transmission offerings, the trucks also feature a torsion-bar front suspension that provides higher GVW ratings and load-carrying capacity, as well as better handling, a more precise alignment and smoother ride.

The trucks offer GVW ratings of 9,200 pounds for the 2500 HD models and up to 12,000 lb. for the 3500 Series.

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