Archive for April, 2012

AutoCar’s Dealers Hitting the Rental Market Strong

on 20 April, 2012

We have heard from a few users that their most recent rental units were Xspotters’ which didn’t take us by to much surprise. A few Kalmar and Capacity dealers have jumped ship and made the move (this is no surprise for those who read our monthly newsletter) and are now stocking new rental fleets and tossing out the rest. Rental and leasing programs are a great way to quickly prove the trucks reliability especially if they are in use in high turn yards. Everything we received from the users can be summed up in one sentence: they are very pleased with the units but cautioned that each of the units were still new (well under 5000 hours) and they were not sure how they will hold up overtime. One comment stated that the operation the Xspotter was much smoother than compared to their new 11′ Kalmar Ott 30 unit which was down for repairs. Another user said the truck reminded him of the Terberg YT models and seemed to…

Cargotec releases emissions-compliant Ottawa Terminal Tractor

on 18 April, 2012

Ottawa TruckCargotec USA Inc. said it has expanded its truck trailer spotter line with the introduction of a gasoline-powered model. Featuring a Ford 6.8L 3-Valve V10 Gasoline Engine, the truck meets 2012 EPA emissions and California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards for on-road vehicle emissions. “Because it utilizes standard unleaded 87 octane fuel and has an automotive type catalytic convertor exhaust system, emissions are extremely low,” said David Wood, Cargotec’s director of Terminal Tractors in North America. “This is especially important in California and other markets where powerful motor-driven vehicles are oftentimes used in highly urbanized areas where strict regulations limit the use of traditional diesel-powered units. Compared to a comparably-equipped diesel powered yard truck, the gasoline-powered version takes less time to reach top speeds and has higher maximum speeds in both third and fourth gears, the company said. The Ford 6.8L 3-Valve V10 engine provides 240 HP and 450 ft.-lb. of torque at 2,800 RPM for superior performance and handling characteristics demanded by ports and distribution operators, the…

Do You Need a Terminal Tractor?

on 12 April, 2012

Certainly a powerful motor-driven vehicle can help you run your operation faster and more efficiently, but how do you decide if it is worth the cost? To help determine if you really need a Yard Truck, consider these questions: Are you moving trailers in a confined or restricted area? Are you running a cross dock operation? Are you working in a chemical plant or construction site? Are you running a freight yard, inter-modal ramp, container station, or any type of facility where trailers or containers need to be loaded and unloaded quickly?     If your answer to any of these is “Yes,” there’s a good chance that a Terminal Tractor would be an excellent fit for your business. In general, if you have operators using up valuable time cranking up trucks before hooking up, then it’s worth doing some calculations to determine how much you could increase your efficiency by utilizing a Yard Truck instead. Another factor to consider is the safety of your operators. While speed and…

Capacity Offers Liquid Propane Terminal Trucks

on 9 April, 2012

CleanFuel USA announced a partnership with Capacity of Texas to develop and certify the country’s first terminal trucks using its liquid propane injection engine on a General Motors 8-liter platform. (We have heard about this for a year now) The truck should be out in the market by the end of 2012.     The new line of Capacity is targeted to meet the demand for alternative-fueled vehicles in port communities that are challenged to comply with stricter emissions rules. This is a particularly vital issue for ports operating in counties that are designated as “non-attainment” or “maintenance” areas under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, which the EPA uses to enforce emissions reductions. The Propane Education and Research Council approved a $2.4 million grant to support the development of the trucks. Allison Transmission, CleanFual, Capacity, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, GM and Powertrain Integration are all project stakeholders.

Jim Hawk Truck Trailer, Inc Partners with Autocar

on 5 April, 2012

Jim Hawk Truck Trailer Inc. is excited to announce our partnership with Autocar LLC and their X-Spotter.   Jim Hawk Truck–Trailers, Inc. has been THE source for spotters in the Midwest for 25 years.  In July of 2011, we began a new era with the addition of the industry’s spotter to our great lineup of quality products.  We truly believe that this unit will become the leader in the spotting tractor industry!    Our sales staff is knowledgeable and our service techs are second to none in the ability to keep your terminal tractor running. Autocar and Jim Hawk Truck Trailer build and sell the most durable terminal tractors in the industry.  Jim Hawk Inc. offers new stock units with a host of comfort features and cold weather extras.  We also build custom trucks spec’d with the exact details that your operation requires.  We stock….. The X-spotter series are comfortable, functional heavy duty equipment.  The off-road unit was designed to move trailers within a facility surrounding manufacturing, warehouse or loading operations. The X-spotter DOT…

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