The Lockwood Report: a bi-weekly report on the industry's newest products and services, collected and written by Rolf Lockwood. Plus recent goodies that you may not have seen before, such as worthy items that didn't get much of a marketing push at the time of their introduction. We'll cover it all.
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(Sendout Date - May 08, 2013) - DETROIT DT12 TRANSMISSION IS READY

Around this time last week I was cruising along a three-lane German highway at a sustained 180 km/h, with stretches at 200, and it felt right as it always does. Safe as houses. Legal, too.

Why safe? A good road surface, for one, but mostly it was about other drivers. ...
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(Sendout Date - April 24, 2013) -


When you get right down to it, I'm probably much the same as a lot of you folks. I just plain like trucks. The people of trucking are terrific and the industry at large is mighty interesting. But for me it's really all about the trucks.

And that was clear wh...

The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - April 10, 2013) -


April 10, 2013 Vol. 9, No. 7

First an admission: not long ago I was writing that, while it offered some clear advantages in some operations, natural gas looked to me like a niche phenomenon. It still has a very long way to go before it becomes fully mainstreamed, ...

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(Sendout Date - March 27, 2013) -


Let's have a look at the Mid-America Trucking Show that drew thousands of folks to Louisville, Kentucky last week.  I've been posting online some of the new trucks and other things that were introduced there, and covered a bunch of them in the Product Watch newsl...
The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - March 13, 2013) -
Well, I've been waiting for this one. Cummins and Eaton have combined forces to produce a powertrain package that will combat the idea that only fully integrated manufacturers can ...
The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - February 27, 2013) -

First off, let me apologize for our gaffe a little while ago -- this newsletter was sent out without its... well, without its newsletter. I say 'our' gaffe but it was really just mine. Sorry, folks. Probably won't happen again.


The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - February 13, 2013) -


This time out I'm just going to do a round-up of the latest news. I'll focus on things you might not have heard about but let's start with the obvious, the winners of the American Truck Dealers (ATD)  2013 Commercial Truck of the Year award. At the top ...

The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - January 30, 2013) -

Alright, let me continue what I started a couple of weeks ago, the second half of a very personal selection, my favorite 10 new products of 2012. Like the first five, these come in no particular order. I'm not ranking them, just noting the introductions that particularly caught my eye. Some are obviously significant in a big way, others...

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(Sendout Date - January 16, 2013) -

Courage is required to choose 10 excellent products from the array of introductions this past year, and there's no big jury to hide within. People will disagree; some will complain about not being represented here. It's just me making the call, so let me declare at the outset th...

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(Sendout Date - December 19, 2012) -

If you're ever in the market for a long-lasting, hard-working journalist, get yourself a Lockwood; they'll last a lifetime and are practically maintenance free.

We first got our Lockwood 25 years ago. It had a few miles on it, but was in great working condition.

There were some big jobs we needed the Lockwood for, n...

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(Sendout Date - December 05, 2012) -


For the better part of a year now I've been resisting the urge to turn all evangelical on you in a Willie Nelson sort of way. I'm talking about his passionate support of crop-based biofuels, certainly not his view of gods and the universe and all that. I have no idea wh...
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