Volvo Trucks has unveiled the heavy hauler of its product lineup in the form of the new VNX – a hybrid of highway and vocational tractor ready to support applications like long combination vehicles, B-trains, and lowboys. The model is for Gross Combination Weight Ratings of 125,000 to 160,000 pounds and, in approved applications, as much as 225,000 pounds when ordered with specific components such as a Cummins X15 Performance Series engine.
Eaton has enhanced its aftermarket line of EverTough Self-Adjust and Manual-Adjust clutches.
The release bearing has been upgraded with wider thrust pads to improve the interface with the release fork. That, the company says, increases the contact area for the fork and results in less wear. A third grease zerk fitting has also been added to support routine lubrication.
BF Goodrich has two new all-terrain tires to help handle the grueling conditions faced by equipment in the construction, logging, and energy sectors. The Cross Control tire line includes thick sidewalls to resist impact damage; heat-resistant compounds to help reduce internal casing temperatures; a full-protector ply to combat penetrations and road hazards, even past the outer grooves; and resistance to cuts and chips.
The new Detroit DD8 engine, first hinted about in 2015 and formally introduced a year ago, has been in production since late last year. Now, says Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), it has been installed in a production truck for the first time.
Peterbilt has unveiled a new 80-inch integral sleeper known as the UltraLoft, adding an array of features to the Model 579 that improve comfort for team drivers and enhance aerodynamics in the process.
by John G. Smith
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