“2018 Ford F650/F750 Enhancements”

Posted: September 11, 2017 in Kenworth


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Mike Burns – Ford Sales
We now have upgrades on Model F-650 and F-750 (Class 6-7 medium-duty trucks). Today we have stock with build dates in the fall.
Completely redesigned by Ford in 2016, F-650 and F-750 units are available in straight-frame, kick-up frame Pro Loader and dedicated tractor configurations, with Regular Cab, Super Cab and Crew Cab styles. We can now give you a choice of either gasoline or diesel powertrains.
For the 2018 model year. We now have electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control brakes standard in all F-650 and F-750 tractor models, though the system will initially be optional on certain F-750 diesel air-braked straight trucks with high-center-of-gravity-body upfits.
For application with high electrical demands such as tow trucks, road service vehicles and other well-lit work rucks, Ford is adding a high output 240-amp alternator as an option with the 6.8-liter V10 gasoline powertrain.
Ordering the higher output alternator to power auxiliary lights and equipment can eliminate the need to specify a second alternator or generator.
Ford is also offering an optional automatic regeneration inhibitor on its 2018 model diesel-powered medium duty trucks to give operators more control over when the engine goes into regeneration to clean the diesel particulate filter.
Finally, to limit potential hood wear and front-end collision damage, Ford is making available an optional bumper extension for the full-width front bumper from flush with grille to 3 in. in front of it. This provides additional protection to the grille and components behind it in case of a collision, potentially reducing repair expenses, the OEM said. Also, the transmission fluid dipstick has been moved to provide ground-leave access on gasoline engine-equipped models.


The Insert-Style Slick Plate from Minimizer is a greaseless slick plate designed specifically for trucks that have Holland fifth wheels with built-in lube plate inserts.  These models include the Holland FWAL, FW31, and FW33 fifth wheels.  The Insert-Style Plate joins the 5th Wheel Slick Plate, Trailer Slick Plate, and Slip Disk as part of Minimizer’s lineup of greaseless products.  By using the Insert-Style Slick Plate, truck drivers and fleets no longer have to grease the fifth wheel’s top plate.  “All of our products are tested and tortured to save you time and money,” Kruckeberg said.  “The Insert-Style Slick Plate does both.  This product will save you money on grease and the messy time it takes to grease the fifth wheel plate.”


Posted: August 30, 2017 in Kenworth

The Ford Motor Company is contributing $100,000.00 to disaster relief efforts in Texas, following historic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  In addition, Ford Funds is matching up to $50,000.00 in contributions to the American Red Cross.

The Paccar transmission is engineered to work seamlessly with Paccar MX engines and Paccar axles, providing industry-leading performance.  Together, Paccar Powertrain components deliver superior fuel economy, uptime, and driver satisfaction.  The Paccar transmission is designed for line-haul applications up to 110,000 lbs gross vehicle weight.  It is available for engine ratings up to 510 horsepower and 1,850 lb-ft of torque and features tightly integrated electronic communications with the Paccar  MX engine.  The Paccar transmission is up to 105 lbs lighter than comparable transmissions and 202 lbs lighter than the Fuller Advantage series, savings that customers can use to haul more payload.  The transmission offers the best overall gear ratio coverage available providing excellent low-speed maneuverability.  The 750,000 mile oil change interval is the longest available for line-haul applications, which reduces maintenance costs and increases uptime.  The transmission includes a differentiated fluid pressure detection system that protects the gears and shafts from low fluid conditions and allows Kenworth to offer industry-leading warranty coverage.  Other features include a maintenance-free clutch and an internally routed electrical system to maximize durability.  The Paccar transmission is paired with Kenworth’s new column-mounted shifter, putting gear selection and engine brake controls at the driver’s fingertips for better ergonomics and improved performance.  The Paccar transmission offers torque coverage for 1850 lb-ft straight and 1550/1750 lb-ft multi-torque ratings and has 12 forward speeds and two reverse speeds.  A hill start aid feature is also included.

Cummins announced that its B4.5, B6.7, and L9 engine platforms are compatible with certain kinds of renewable diesel fuels.  Both on-highway and off-highway versions of these engines and all vintages are approved to use paraffinic renewable diesel fuels meeting the EN 15940 specification.  Compared to conventional diesel fuels, paraffinic diesel fuels can potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% to 90% over the total life of the vehicles, according to Cummins.  Cummins held an 18 month field test of its engines running 100% paraffinic diesel fuels in order to study the effects of the fuel on engine performance, after-treatment, and fuel system durability.  Engine performance remained stable and consistent while using the paraffinic fuel. Cummins found.  Depending on the application and engine duty cycle, fuel economy could take a hit of up to 6%, mostly due to the lower density of the paraffinic fuels compared to regular diesel.  Paraffinic fuels include hydrotreated vegetable oil, gas-to-liquids, and bio-mass-to-liquids.

A new downsped overdrive transmission is being added to the Eaton and Cummins SmartAdvantage powertrains, with a 1,550/1,850 lb-ft torque rating compatible with rear axle ratings down to 2.47:1.  The taller ratio enables engine cruise speeds as low as 1,075 RPMs-lower than some direct drive transmissions.  Alex Stuckey, product strategy manager, Heavy-Duty Linehaul Transmissions, Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies, says the SmartAdvantage model is capable of the lowest cruise RPMs in the trucking industry for best in class downspeeding.  “It’s our most downsped SmartAdvantage powertrain,” he says, adding it has been validated in field tests across a wide range of duty cycles.  “When paired with the 1850 rating, fleets can maximize fuel economy without sacrificing performance.”  Eaton says fleets running 2010 model year trucks can expect to see 20 percent better fuel economy with the current X15 SmartAdvantage powertrain versus the 2010 ISX 15 powertrain.  Available through North American OEMs in October, the new unit combines Cummins X15 engine and Fuller Advantage Series automated 10-speed transmissions with a choice of small-step overdrive or direct-drive gearing.







Cummins has launched a new fleet software company called Zed Connect and announced its first product, Zed ELD- a smartphone based electronic logging solution.  Zed ELD is designed to be a simple and low-cost electronic logging device solution aimed at small and mid-sized fleets looking to meet the upcoming ELD mandate.  The plug-and-play solution includes such features as  ELD, visual inspection reporting, and commercial routing.  The Zed ELD was designed with input from drivers, fleet managers and owners, according to Cummins, and includes a one-time fee for Bluetooth-enabled hardware connecting to the vehicle.  “Zed Connect is developing products and services that will provide outstanding benefits for companies across the industry,” said Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins.  “Their first product offering, Zed ELD, is an intuitive smartphone-based ELD solution that fills the void for fleets that need a way to easily and inexpensively log hours electronically.”  Zed Connect’s leadership team is led by president and CEO Skip Kinford.  Kinford has gained experience in technology solutions, business development, and global sales while serving in leadership roles with MiX Telematics, inthInc Technology Solutions, and Mobileye.