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    Dana launches axles for fire, rescue

    April 8, 2019 9:32AM by John G Smith

    Dana has launched S35-190FT single-reduction and S35-590FT double-reduction single drive axles with a gross axle weight rating of 35,000 lb. Designed for fire and rescue applications, the axles leverage a high-strength, steel-fabricated housing to support higher weights within a shorter

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    Meritor axles ready for extreme duty

    September 21, 2018 12:17PM by John G Smith

    Meritor is supporting severe-duty applications with the new MX-610 front drive axle and MZ-610 tridem rear axle. The MZ-610 tridem offers wide-ranging axle ratings and a high ground clearance as well as a gross axle weight rating of 60 tons

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    Ridewell unveils short track axles

    September 14, 2018 7:32PM by John G Smith

    Ridewell Suspensions has released a new series of short track axles that can easily be configured with automatic tire inflation systems.  This shorter series axle comes with a .75-inch wall thickness and track widths between 28 and 42 inches. The

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    P600 options unveiled

    September 14, 2018 4:19PM by John G Smith

    Meritor’s P600 planetary axles are now available with optional five-planet wheel-ends and can now be configured for use with central tire inflation systems. The optional five-planet wheel ends allow a 20% higher gross combined axle weight rating (GCWR) when compared

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    Dana gets standard position on T270/T370

    July 19, 2018 3:18PM by John G Smith

    Kenworth T270 and T370 medium-duty trucks now come standard with Dana Spicer S140 single-reduction, single-drive axles. The Kenworth T270 features the Dana Spicer S17-140 rated at 16,000 lb., while the Kenworth T370 is standard with the Dana Spicer S21-140 rated

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    Driving Force: Axles are at the heart of an electric revolution

    July 12, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    TORONTO, Ont. — We’re at the dawn of a new era in the propulsion of heavy trucks. Electric powertrains are opening new packaging and integration possibilities, including driven axles. Traditional transmissions, driveshafts, power dividers or differentials are no longer required.

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    Dana’s Dual Range Disconnect

    April 18, 2017 12:00AM by Jim Park

    First revealed at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, Dana’s Dual Range Disconnect drive axle system offers the fuel savings benefit of a downsped 6×2 drivetrain and the performance benefits of conventional 6×4 setup with a mid-range axle ratio. The key word here is disconnect. While running at speeds up to about 54 mph, the system functions as a 6×4 with torque going to all four wheels for optimum traction. It also runs at a 3.10:1 ratio for better performance and startability. Above 54 mph, the interaxle driveshaft disengages, leaving the driving to only the forward drive axle. Interestingly, the axle ratio of the forward axle is 2.26:1, which lowers engine rpm and in effect creates a downsped drive train. The benefit, of course, is better fuel economy resulting from a 300-400 rpm drop in engine speed.

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    Volvo’s Adaptive Gearing

    April 18, 2017 12:00AM by Jim Park

    Volvo Trucks has put a new spin on an old powertrain management strategy; by locking out top gear on its I-Shift overdrive transmission, drivers can pull loads efficiently in 11th gear (direct drive) and still get the performance they want. When running empty, sensors in the transmission and the suspension sense the lower weight and unlock 12th gear, which is overdrive. The truck can cruise home in at a very low engine speed at a higher road speed.

    This video explains how Adaptive Gearing works and features more excerpts from an interview with Gene Brice, co-owner of Idaho Milk Transport. Adaptive Gearing is ideally suited to tank fleets that run about half their miles empty, and when you hear Brice’s fuel economy with this system, you’ll be asking if it can work for you too.

    And don’t forget to check out our Focus On report on Volvo’s Adaptive Loading system to see what it has to offer.

  • Mack Celebrates New Axle Production Line

    October 15, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    HAGERSTOWN, MD — Mack Trucks this week inaugurated its new axle line at its Hagerstown, MD facility, with a look to its past. The new line, where Mack powertrain components have been assembled since 1961, is part of a US$30 million investment, which brought assembly of all Mack heavy-duty drive axles and machining of Mack carrier housings to the plant.

  • ROADRANGER CD SET

    October 30, 2014 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    Service and parts literature from A to Z on CDs

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    Spring Loaded

    August 1, 2014 12:00AM by Jim Park

    Steer axle suspensions will have much more work to do in the coming years.