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New Products (April 01, 2010)


Fontaine Trailer has unveiled a new dropdeck model from its Revolution trailer line that it claims weighs just 9,300 lbs. The Fontaine Revolution Hybrid Dropdeck is 48’x102″ and features steel main beams with an extruded aluminum floor for strength and stability. Fontaine says the new trailer boasts a concentrated load capacity of 54,000 lbs in five feet. Fontaine says its latest model borrows technology from the aerospace industry to maintain the integrity of the trailer geometry under load and centrifugal force to provide excellent handling, reduced tire wear and improved fuel economy. The company also claims to have eliminated side-bow, so secured loads are less likely to shift in transit, reducing the risk of rollover. For more info, visit

Fontaine Trailer has unveiled a new heavy-haul trailer featuring a modular design for convenience and versatility. The Fontaine Magnitude 55MX heavy-haul trailer features a 29-ft. clear deck length in the retracted position and extends to 50 feet. The loaded deck height is 20-inches with six inches of ground clearance, the company announced. Fontaine claims its Magnitude 55MX is the most versatile gooseneck on the market and comes with an optional flip box allowing 125 inches of swing clearance. An adjustable ride height provides perfect deck-to-fith wheel connections, according to the company. A ramped bogie features a modular connection allowing the user to match the right equipment for the task at hand and built-in tool box and storage compartments make the trailer user-friendly. For more info, visit


SAF-Holland has introduced a Neway ADZ Series drive axle air-ride suspension for vocational trucks it claims is 220 lbs lighter and 54% more durable than its predecessor. The new suspension also boasts 27% less rolling resistance, the company says, and fewer components require less maintenance. The ADZ Series is designed for vocational trucks and tractors, including applications such as mixer, construction, logging, mining, oilfield, refuse and heavy-haul. The suspension is available in 23,000-and 26,000-lb capacities and can be configured for single, tandem or tridem axle applications.

Western Star announced a specially-designed Allison Optimized transmission package at the recent Work Truck Show. The package is intended for the on-highway and vocational markets, specifically heavy-haul, mixer, dump and short-haul tractor applications, according to the company. The package provides Allison’s best features and duty-cycle knowledge to provide better performance, durability, fuel efficiency and driveline protection, Western Star announced. Specific features include: shift energy management; prognostics; reduced engine load at stop; load base shift scheduling; auto-neutral; and TES 295 synthetic fluid. For more info, visit a Western Star dealer.

Tires & Wheels

Yokohama has added a new truck tire to its Zenvironment line, the 101ZL which will make its official debut at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The latest addition to the company’s Zenvironment family is a premium long-haul steer tire, according to Yokohama. John Cooney, director of commercial sales, says it “runs longer, and is more trouble-free and efficient than anything we’ve ever brought to the market. The 101ZL provides at least a 10% increase in overall tread life and significant resistance to irregular wear.” It will be available in October in sizes: 295/75R22.5, 11R22.5, 11R24.5 and 285/75R24.5.

Dunlop has come out with a new line of SmartWay-certified longhaul truck tires. The FM line of steer, drive and trailer tires can save customers up to 4% in fuel, the company claims, when compared to traditional Dunlop longhaul truck tires. They were inspired by the Goodyear Fuel Max tires and feature fuel-efficient compounding. FM tires include the: SP 384 FM steer tire, SP 456 FM drive tire and SP 193 FM trailer tire in standard (11R22.5) and low-profile (295/75R22.5 and 285/75R24.5) sizes. For more, visit

Accuride Corp. has come out with a new line of OEM-quality chrome wheel accessories including ABS chrome front and rear wheel hub and nut covers. They’re designed to fit most Class 7 and 8 trucks and trailers, the company announced. They are manufactured from automotive-grade polymers for excellent heat resistance, increasing durability and offering a longer-lasting shine, Accuride claims. For info, visit


Western Star has come out with a new 4900 FA and SA 109-inch BBC model truck for construction, refuse, utility and government applications. The truck was unveiled at the Work Truck Show and comes with Detroit Diesel DD13 power and the Allison 3000RDS transmission. Western Star claims to be the only OEM to offer that powertrain combination in a 109-inch BBC configuration. The truck was designed to be extra maneuverable at crowded job sites and features what Western Star is calling the shortest BBC in its class. It also boasts a range of customization options. More details are available from a Western Star dealer or at

Freightliner introduced an improved version of its Business Class M2 106V, featuring a larger rad, new hood and enhanced headlight system. The truck is intended for medium-and heavy-duty vocational applications requiring a front engine PTO and front frame extensions, specifically refuse, snow plow, crane and ultility applications. The up-sized radiator is 1,200 sq.-in. and can accommodate up to 380 hp with an automatic transmission and 80,000 lbs gross weight. The new headlight system is an improvement over the previous sealed beam headlights and provides superior lighting. Also new is a blend-air engine air intake system which pulls air from under and outside the hood, improving air flow when snow and debris may get in the way, the company claims. For more, see a Freightliner dealer.

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