How to care for Alloy Wheels

Since the birth of road transport, trucking operators have strived to reduce fuel usage and increase payloads. Over the past decade, the industry’s push towards alloy wheels because they’re far lighter than steel wheels has seen many truck manufacturers make alloy rims a standard fitment on various models. For instance, almost half a tonne (476kg)…

Elphinstone introduces Self-Loading log trailers.

Elphinstone Engineering is redefining log haulage with the introduction of their ‘Self-Loader’ powerpack option to their EasyLoader trailer models. The new powerpack enables standard prime-movers to haul and operate logging trailers without the expense of specialised PTO and auxiliary equipment fit-up. Additionally, it is backwards compatible, meaning retrofitting the unit to older EasyLoader trailers is…

Fuso 510 Shogun Review

Ken Blanch Transport has added a Fuso Shogun 510 to its Taree-based fleet. The Shogun joins a Freightliner Cascadia and Mercedes-Benz Actros as the latest models provided by local Daimler Truck dealer, Mavin Truck Centre. The business owner, Ken Blanch, sought a truck that could haul bricks and steel around the region, but also go…

800 Orders cement eCascadia Production

Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY), the leading global foodservice distribution company, and Daimler Truck North America (DTNA), the leading North American heavy-duty truck manufacturer, today jointly announced a Letter of Intent (LOI) to deploy up to nearly 800 battery electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors serving Sysco customers by 2026. The first eCascadia delivery is expected…

The Cost of Mismatched Tires

With the rapid increase in heavy vehicle running costs, the following tips on how to match your tyres will undoubtedly see you extract a few extra thousand kilometres out of your tyres. But ultimately, it will make all the difference to your bottom line. Furthermore, it might even save you costly downtime from changing a…

Second generation of MirrorCam

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has now updated MirrorCam for the first time: With the second generation, available for the Actros and Arocs as well as eActros series since April 2022, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has evolved important details of the system, winning several Innovation Awards. “The intensive discussions with our customers and their experiences from day-to-day operations formed the…

Fuso upgrades its top Canter tipper model.

Fuso’s factory-built tipper Canter 815 model gets a two-way tailgate upgrade for 2022. Furthermore, the carrying capacity increased from 2.4 cubic meters to 2.6 cubic meters. Both the Canter 615 City Cab and 815 Wide Cab tippers can be driven on a car licence and boast the best payload in their respective classes. The 615…

How Hub Reduction Differentials Work

Regular readers would recall that we’ve reported on several tri-drive units operating in high productivity heavy road train applications over the last few years. Truth be told, the site of a tri-drive or “tridem” road train with four to six trailers in tow is indeed an impressive sight. Their daily payloads undoubtedly would have made…

Self-Steering Mercedes-Benz Actros

Mercedes-Benz customers can now order their new truck with self-steering assistance. The new Actros models’ proprietary Active Drive Assist technology option enables SAE Level 2 partially automated driving capability, a first for Australian heavy trucks. Mercedes-Benz Trucks has introduced the innovative driver assistance technology as an optional feature after comprehensively completing a 1.2-million-kilometre validation program…

How truck air compressors work

The primary function of a truck air compressor is to supply compressed air for the truck air suspension and braking system. Typically, this type of compressor is driven by the truck’s engine. The air compressor builds the air pressure for the air suspension, auxiliary components and brake system. In most cases, the air compressor is…