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New Products (July 01, 2010)

Bridgestone has come out with a new R197 low rolling resistance radial tire for improved fuel efficiency and long, even tread wear, the company announced. The R197 has been EPA SmartWay-certified and ...






Bridgestone has come out with a new R197 low rolling resistance radial tire for improved fuel efficiency and long, even tread wear, the company announced. The R197 has been EPA SmartWay-certified and is suitable for all-position use, but designed for single and tandem axle trailer and dolly applications in regional and long-haul service, the company says. The newest Bridgestone tire has shoulder protector ribs to protect the sidewalls from damage. For more info, visit www.BridgestoneTruckTires.com or speak to your dealer.

Taabs Wheel Balancers provide dynamic wheel balancing for commercial trucks and trailers. They’re built from a marine-grade aluminum outer casing containing 32-ounces of steel chromed ball bearings in an environmentally-friendly dimethicone silicone, the company says. In testing, Taabs says the wheel balancing system has proven to reduce tire wear by 10-30%. Over a five-year period, Taabs calculates the payback to be up to $10,300 for a truck and trailer. It’s backed by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty and a 90-day money-back guarantee. For more information, visit www.taabs-int.com or call 888- 553-3005.

Continental Tire provided a sneak peak of its new HDW2 Scandinavia winter truck tire at Truck World in April. The winter tire is designed to provide up to 10% more grip on snow-covered roads. The drive tire is designed with 20-ply construction to handle heavy loads. According to the company, every aspect of the tire’s tread was designed with traction and grip in mind, even in the most slippery of conditions. In testing, it provided 10% better grip than the company’s original HDW winter tire. Once the tread is worn down, it can be used as a summer tire, the company claims. The new winter tire will officially hit the market in the fall in size 315/80R22.5.

Alliance Parts has introduced an expanded line of air-conditioning compressors for all makes and models of Class 6-8 vehicles. The direct drop-in replacement compressors were built for cost-conscious customers and are tested to OE specifications, the company says. They are equipped with double end-capped PAC oil with special anti-wear additive. For more information, visit a dealer or visit www.alliancebrandparts.com.

Mizco International has come out with a new Bluetooth headset designed specifically for professional drivers. The Tough Tested Series of headsets are “designed, engineered, and manufactured to meet the exacting usage requirements of professional drivers,” according to the company. They deliver six hours of talk time and up to 250 hours of standby time between charges. The headsets feature a boom mic, adjustable mic stem, adjustable headband, call waiting, three-way calling, voice-activated dialing, one-touch call answer/end and a USB travel charger and cable. The Lyte Comm 737 retails at US$79.99 and the Pro Boom 747 at US$109.99. For more info, visit www.mizco.com.•

Panasonic has a new Toughbook 31 rugged computer the company says will stand up to any abuse it will encounter in the shop or in the field. The company calls the Toughbook 31 its most powerful fully-rugged mobile computer. It provides desktop- class performance in a rugged, mobile design, according to the company. For more information, visit www.panasonic.com/business-solutions.

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