What Are the Benefits of the Max Titan OU Mechanical Suspension?

There are many truck parts that a truck owner needs to ensure are in good condition at all times and a mechanical suspension is one of those. It’s always advisable to invest in the best truck parts for your fleet. Quality leads to longevity and that leads to long run cost savings. When it comes to the Max Titan O.U. Mechanical Suspension, it is clear to see why it is at the forefront of quality truck parts.

Here are the benefits of the Max Titan O.U. Mechanical Suspension for trucks and trailers.

This truck part has an increased strength of up to 20% when compared to normal mechanical suspensions. This makes it more durable and reliable.
It is up to 15% lighter in weight than its normal counterpart, so it doesn’t add much extra weight to the vehicle.
It has one type of hanger for both the front link and the rear link so it eliminates the confusion between the over-slung and underslung hangers.
On the tri-axle and rear link the chassis height is reduced by 70 millimetres. This has a huge knock-on effect and other benefits for the truck owner.
It reduces the weight of the trailer which has a huge cost saving impact.
Less material is used in the making of the Max Titan O.U. Mechanical Suspension, which means that there are less manufacturing costs. The benefit of this is further cost savings.
For the end user, it has an extra payload per trip advantage of up to half a ton. This is beneficial to both the end user and the truck owner.
Keeping stock becomes easier to manage as you only need to stock one type of hanger as opposed to always having to stock F Hangers and J Hangers.

Trucker Unions Beware – Don’t Price Yourselves Out Of A Nice Cushy Job

There have been numerous articles in trade publications, in the transportation sector, about autonomous over-the-road trucks. In the future these 18-wheelers will drive in giant convoys through the middle of the night on most major interstates without drivers or supervision saving the logistics system 10s of billions of dollars per year. Great news for the cost of everything we buy, sell or trade, although not so good for truck drivers and truck driver unions.

In fact, in Europe several large truck manufacturers have already tested long convoys on their major highways 100s of miles at a time with no incidents. Just as Google is proving the worth of self-driving cars the Europeans are doing it with self-driving trucks. You can expect this technology to get better and for soon we will find large trucking companies optimally utilizing this technology for interstate and intra-state cargo. Indeed, due to the hostility of truck driver unions we can expect this technology to grow faster with more research and development funds behind it as companies look for alternatives to union extortion and outrageous demands.

Ken Elkins wrote an interesting piece in the Charlotte Business Journal recently on April 15, 2016 titled; “Charlotte FedEx Freight drivers’ unionization effort draws out,” and my first response to this was simple and abruptly hardcore; Fine Give them the raise, but then invest 10-fold that amount in driverless autonomous truck technologies and tell them in advance that is what you plan to do.

You see, the article stated: “About 220 drivers for FedEx Freight in Charlotte are having a difficult time getting the company to negotiate with their new union more than 16 months after it was certified.”

We see parallels to unionization and worker demands in the Fast Food Industry where workers demand $15.00 per hour and the restaurants realize they cannot stay in business at that price as the end product would be priced so high consumers wouldn’t be willing to pay, thus fewer jobs and restaurant franchisee closures, or the Fast Food Restaurants will fully automate to robotics, which is often their first choice of refuge from the onslaught of impossible worker demands. Essentially, philosophically speaking it is the exact same argument.

It’s not only in these two industries but all industries and the workers need to understand that and prepare for the Future Of Work, which may not include them if they get too greedy with their demands. I ask that you please consider all this and think on it.

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Heavy Truck

Trucks are popular all over the world for various reasons. They carry heavy loads, store lots of cargo and can tackle all kinds of terrain. If you are looking to buy a good heavy duty truck, you will have to keep a few factors in mind. Below are some of them that may help you buy the right truck.

1. Capacity

If you are not looking for a truck with bigger cabs, you can go for one with enough space for two individuals: the driver and the passenger. On the other hand, if you are in need of a good deal of cargo space, a standard cab truck would be the ideal choice for you, but a bigger cab will be better should you want to accommodate more passengers.

2. Engine size

Keep in mind that bigger engines won’t necessarily be good. for day to day commute, you can opt for a powerful 4-cylinder engine. This option will save you gas as well as money. For heavier loads, you may want to buy a bigger engine. For instance, you will need a V6 to tow a big trailer or boat.

So, make sure you know what you need a truck for. Smaller trucks won’t take the place of bigger ones. Also, the bigger the engine, the costlier it will be.

3. Wheels

Actually, this decision is based on two factors: the way you drive and the weather. if you are going to drive the truck in an area that gets a lot of rain and snow, you should go for a 4×4 truck. But keep in mind that this type of truck will burn more gas, but will save you from all the hassle during a bad day.

4. Transmission type

If you are going to drive your truck on roads with lots of traffic, an automatic transmission will save you a lot of hassle., as you won’t need to do a lot shifting. on the other hand, if traffic is low where you are going to drive your truck, you can do with a manual transmission as well.

Most of the trucks of today feature an automatic transmission, but you can find one with a little bit of research.

5. Camper shell

If you need a truck to transport big stuff in the bed, you might want to go for a camper shell. This will help you prevent theft and keep all the stuff inside the truck safe from the weather. The stuff could be furniture or other heavy items that can get damaged in rain, for instance. This type of trucks will cost you a bit more, though.

So, if you are looking at a truck to buy, make sure you have taken into account all of the factors shelled out above. After all, you don’t want to make this heavy investment and regret this decision for years to come. Therefore, you should do a lot of thinking before making this purchase.