Posted: April 26, 2017 in Kenworth

Following is a recap of an article in COMMERCIAL CARRIER JOURNAL written by Jason Cannon on his T880S test drive      The T880S, at its core, is a T880 with some added features that improve upon the W900S model it likely will replace.  Kenworth’s venerable W900S was practically purpose-built for mixer operations but adaptable enough to find its way in a variety of vocational applications.  The T880S was designed with more flexibility right off the assembly line, makin upfitting easier, more customizable and more streamlined.  The truck is available with a 114-inch BBC –  about 6 inches shorter than the W900S – and a best-in-class 28-inch bumper setting.  The T880S’s bumper setting is especially important in spec’ing a chassis that is compliant with the Federal Bridge Formula.  More typical for dump applications, a 29.5-inch bumper setting is also available, as is a 31.5-inch sturdy box bumper.  Truck operators can spec mixer-tapered (114-inch BBC), dump-tapered (115.5-inch BBC) or straight box bumpers (117.5-inch BBC) in a variety of finishes and materials, and removable cast center-mounted tow hooks are available depending on bumper selection.  The T880S comes standard with a Paccar MX-13 engine that kicks out 510 hp and 1850 lb-ft of torque.  The EPA 17 MX-13 powering my dump truck model was powerful and flexed serious muscle hauling 10 tons of sand around southern Ohio.  The Eaton Ultrashift Plus really shined in stop-and-go traffic, effortlessly dragging 20,000 pounds of material around surface roads and the highway.  For the weight-sensitive – like mixer applications –  a 400-pound lighter MX-11 engine will give you 430hp and 1650 lb-ft of torque.  By dropping a little weight under the hood, customers can pick up a couple more yards of concrete.  The Allison 4700 seven-speed automatic transmission in my test truck was smooth and comfortable, making runs to and from the jobsite for more payload far less taxing on the driver.  The cab is a marked improvement over the legacy W900S.  It’s larger, more comfortable, and quieter.  With a 3.6-inch lower hood crown than the W900S, the T880S enhances visibility with up to four feet additional ground visibility, and its panoramic view is remarkably noticeable from the driver’s seat.  The new T880S is available with a set-forward front axle ranging from 14,600 to 22,800 pounds.  Single, tandem, or tridem drive axles and a wide variety of factory installed lift axles are among a range of options available, and the T880S also features clear back-of-cab options that make it easy to configure the truck body.  A newly-styled complex reflector halogen headlight provides a projector beam lighting performance, and a polycarbonate lens and UV inhibitor offers extended life.  Basically, the headlights are the same as what you’ll find on the T880: they’re just designed upside down to allow for tire clearance.  The truck’s five-piece hood, made from a lightweight material, that Kenworth says is tougher and more durable than fiberglass, is borrowed from the T880, along with bolt-on fenders the company says can be replaced in under two hours in the event of a body repair. As Kenworth works toward ushering out the W900S, a model that’s been a vocational staple for almost a generation, it make sense to do so with some of the designs and technologies that have made the T880 a success.  The switch, to-date, has been well received.  About 800 are currently on order, and the backlog log is filled thru June, with many of those customers being W900S converts.


Mike Burns has been the Fords Sales Manager at Wallwork Truck Center Fargo, ND for 15 years

As Ford F-Series celebrates 40 years (1977-2017) of being the #1 best-selling truck in America.  The 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks, have significant advancements and improvements.  Our cabs for 2017, are all aluminum in the regular, super cab and crew cab.  My customers will be glad they are also bigger and more comfortable as far.  As power and pulling, Ford chassis’ cabs have some “great News” the in the engine compartment too.  The 6.8L V-10 gas now has a 6 speed auto overdrive transmission standard.  I’m glad to see our next generation 6.7L Ford power stroke diesel, has 30 more horse power and 90 pounds more torque.  Along with the 6 speed auto overdrive transmission, which makes this Ford’s best, strongest most powerful chassis cab in history.  Extra horse power and torque that customer seem to like.


Posted: April 4, 2017 in Kenworth

MONITOR DAILY. a publication of Xander Media Group, has released its annual rankings of the top 25 independent leasing companies in the U. S.  For the second straight year  WALLWORK FINANCIAL has made the list, coming in at #20 based on sales volume.  WALLWORK FINANCIAL  was established in 1952 and is #1 in longevity of the 25 companies listed.  WALLWORK FINANCIAL deals primarily in financing and leasing in the trucking, energy, and construction markets.

Kenworth’s project to auction off a brand new T680 to benefit Truckers Against Trafficking is one that been nearly 2 years in the making, says Don Blake, new truck sales manager at Inland Kenworth.  Blake met Truckers Against Trafficking Executive Director Kendis Paris at that time and became aware of the human trafficking problem that exists in the trucking industry.  TAT fights to combat trafficking by educating the trucking industry on how human traffickers exploit the industry to move these victims, and by educating drivers to spot and report possible cases of trafficking found in North America.  In early 2016 Blake and Utility Trailer Sales Company owner George Cravens decided on a charity auction to raise money for the organization.  Blake started by reaching out to his truck maker, Kenworth, who immediately supported the idea.  “They were all in,” he says.  “They asked ‘What do we do next?”  From there Blake started contacting suppliers to request component and monetary donations to build the truck.  Again, he says the industry was incredibly generous.  The truck currently has 19 sponsors.  “I remember the first one I asked, they said ‘yes’ so quickly I wondered if I should have asked for more.”  By the time the truck finally hit the assembly line, Blake says it felt like half the industry was behind the project.  Dubbed the ‘Everyday Heroes’ truck, the Kenworth T680 set to be auctioned features a 76 inch sleeper, a 485 HP Paccar MX-13, and an Eaton-Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission.  The truck was on display at the Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting in Nashville, and will hit the road this spring with stops at Ritchie Bros. auctions in Las Vegas and Phoenix before being sold on June 20th at an auction in Phoenix.  “We spec’d the truck with all the best products each vendor had to offer,” Blake says.  “I hope it will go for more than $180,000.  This is truly a show truck and whomever wins it will garner a lot of attention.”


Posted: March 20, 2017 in Kenworth

One in three respondents indicated plans to increase fleet size in the next 6 months, relatively unchanged form the 33.8 percent reported in the November 2016 survey conducted by Commercial Carrier Journal.  Less then 5 percent plan to decrease fleet size, while 61.9 percent plan to keep fleet size the same by either replacing aging equipment or not making any changes.

Paccar has announced it is teaming up with American technology company Nvidia to develop an autonomous vehicle solution.  The collaboration represents the latest effort for a technology company to enter the self-driving truck market that also includes entries from Google, Uber, and several others.  Nvidia is know for making graphics processing units for the PC gaming market and as a chip maker for mobile computing.  With Paccar, the two companies developed a proof-of-concept self-driving truck with Level 4 capability built on the Nvidia Drive PX 2 technology.  Level 4 capability is defined as a system that completely drives itself.  The collaboration was announced by Nvidia founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at the Bosch Connected World conference in Berlin, Germany.  At the conference, Huang showed a video of the Paccar self-driving concept on a closed course, handling a wide range of situations without a driver.  The Nvidia Drive PX 2 is an artificial intelligence car computing platform that is designed to examine in real time what is happening around a vehicle, locate itself on a map and plot a safe path based on that information.  The technology combines sensors, cameras, and deep computer learning.

Ford’s F-650 and F-750 vocational trucks have been named the 2017 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award winner for the second consecutive year, Work Truck magazine announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The Fords were chosen from a field of 9 trucks.  “Our customers demand the most capable, dependable vehicles to get the job done and we strive to meet and exceed those expectations” said John Ruppert, Ford general manager, commercial vehicle sales and marketing.  “Winning the prestigious Work Truck magazine Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award for the second straight year is confirmation that we are doing our job to give customers what they need.  Customers have embraced Ford medium-duty trucks as is evident by 2016 sales of F-650 and F-750 being at their highest level since 1997”