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August 9, 2017

How to Spec a Truck for the Application

Work trucks must be viewed as earning assets, so it is critical to spec these work tools to maximize their productivity. It is impossible to “build” a truck that enhances user productivity if you don’t understand the fleet application.

February 26, 2017

Payload Requirements Are the Foundation to Properly Spec’ing a Truck

Properly identifying payload parameters is the foremost consideration to properly spec’ing a truck. To illustrate this fact, the weight of the payload will determine the engine, transmission, size of tire, frame, and just about everything else.

October 24, 2016

Maximizing Truck Tire Tread Life

Excessive friction or uneven contact between the pavement and the tire will cause tread to wear away faster than you should. It’s important that you do all you can to keep your tires running straight and true.

August 19, 2016

Consequences of Extended Truck Replacement Cycles

The more expensive the asset, the longer it is kept in service; however, the need for short-term cost savings prompts some fleets to even further extend cycling parameters and defer replacements.

August 15, 2016

Spec'ing Trucks to Maximize Productivity

The No. 1 consideration when spec’ing a truck is payload. The weight of the payload determines the engine displacement, transmission, size of tires, and frame type. You determine the payload by determining the fleet application.

July 22, 2016

Proper Spec'ing Helps Septic Service Improve Productivity

McNel Septic Services in Ravensdale, Wash., has doubled productivity on a route by properly spec'ing a Kenworth T880 to maximize payload while still being nimble enough to maneuver in residential neighborhoods, according to Kenworth.

February 12, 2016

Top Construction Fleet Challenges

With more sophisticated applications than one may guess, construction fleet managers have a unique set of challenges to work with, from differing payload and cargo-carrying requirements to regulations and more.

January 26, 2016

Finding the Right Balance: Over-Spec’ing vs. Under-Spec’ing Trucks

Spec’ing a truck is a complicated process no matter where you are in the world. Building the right truck requires hundreds of decisions and choices – and each choice potentially impacts another. Where it gets tricky is finding the balance between over-spec’ing and under-spec’ing a truck, each with its own unique set of consequences.

January 19, 2016

Terex Rolls Out Utility Truck Spec'ing Standards

Terex has developed a new process to assist customers with spec’ing utility trucks, including aerial devices and digger derricks, that complies with bid specs, costs less to purchase and takes less time to produce.

September 18, 2015

14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec'ing

We give you 14 suggestions about how to improve fleet truck upfitting from our "dream team" of 18 subject-matter experts in part 2 of our two-part series.

March 30, 2015

What to Look For When Spec’ing a Bucket Truck

Doing your research and creating a timeline are important for the purchase of new or replacement bucket trucks. However, that’s only the beginning when it comes to necessary specs.

March 24, 2015

How to Spec a Bucket Truck

There are several factors that need to be considered by any fleet before committing to purchase a bucket truck. Click here to read more. Photos courtesy of Terex Utilities.

March 23, 2015

How to Make Fleet Trucks More Productive

The meaning of maximized productivity differs from fleet to fleet, but the means to maximizing vehicle function can be found using a straightforward approach of measuring, spec’ing, and considering the human factor.

March 16, 2015

Upfit Lightweighting is More Complex Than Simply Reducing Weight

When used in the manufacture of truck bodies and van equipment, lightweight materials, such as thinner gauge high-strength steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and plastic composites, enable fleets to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel economy, increase legal payload, and even drop down to a smaller (often more fuel-efficient) vehicle.

May 27, 2014

How to Spec Trucks to Optimize Productivity

The best way to optimize truck productivity is to spec the right vehicle for the fleet application. This may sound like I am stating the obvious, but, as many truck professionals will attest, it is often not the case. While fleet managers understand how their trucks are intended to be used in the field, intended usage often does not match real-world usage.

May 22, 2014

Debunking the Defeatist Mindset Toward Fleet Sustainability

Many fleet managers know they should be doing something to “green” their fleet, but they do nothing, rationalizing (and justifying) their inaction due to budget constraints or lack of management support. To me, this is a self-fulfilling mindset that guarantees your fleet will remain in a status quo situation. Fleet managers need to break free from this defeatist mindset and here's how to do it.

April 14, 2014

Using Service Vehicles as Employee Recruiting, Retention Tools

Traditionally, executive and sales vehicles have been used by corporations as an employee recruitment and retention tool. Could service vehicles be used the same way? For example, could the type of service vehicles you have in operation also be used to lure qualified employees or retain current employees? I believe they can, if marketed correctly.

March 14, 2014

Cox Looks to Sprinter and Hybrid Vans for Better MPG

In providing updates on the Cox Conserves sustainability program and how fleet has helped the company achieve its efficiency goals, Cox Enterprises has made some significant changes in its van choice and spec standardizations, and is considering a hybrid van pilot program.

December 5, 2013

Spec'ing Medium-Duty Trucks for Maximum Resale

Fleets should consider engines, transmissions, upfits and color choices to maximize total cost of ownership.

November 8, 2012

No Silver Bullet to Fleet Emission Reductions

Vehicle fleets are key contributors to a company’s overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but they do offer a way to make quick emissions reductions. Since most companies replace approximately one-third of their fleet vehicles each year, they can structure selectors to favor more fuel-efficient models; however, there is a limit to this strategy. The reality is that there is no single silver bullet to fleet emissions reduction — it requires a multi-pronged approach.

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