New Tipper E-Series from Crysteel, Lake Crystal MN, has 12-gauge one-piece sides that contain no longitudinal welds. The 10-gauge (on base model) floor is supported on tubular long sills requiring no crossmembers. Pictured is the 8-ft Elite model and 8-ton Pow'rBooster hoist with 3½" cylinder. Smaller displacement hoist offers faster cycle times, according to Larry Dunker, Steve Lee, Chuck Abbott, Peter Jones, Joe Paulsen, and Bob Miller.
A new way of installing liftgates was shown by Maxon Lift Corp, Santa Fe Springs CA. The MTB bolts directly to the truck body, with no painting or welding required. Liftgate components including the pump and motor are all preassembled on a main weldment that bolts to the understructure of the van and to its rear sill. The MTB Series comes in 2,500- and 3,000-lb capacities with oil already in the reservoir.
DuraPlate, a composite material used on Wabash National van trailers, is available for van bodies. The polyethylene core, sandwiched between sheets of galvanized steel, does not require side posts. Jim Brown, manager of OEM sales and marketing at Wabash National, Lafayette IN, shows a sample of half-inch DuraPlate. Other thicknesses are available.
Mini roll-off hoist for 11,000-20,000 GVW chassis was announced by Bucks Fabricating, Hadley PA. It is essentially a body-swapping system that includes the ability to dump a load. It consists of tipping frame with rollers, TAFCO conversion hoist, Ramsey winch, and a cam lock-down system. It is expected to be available in November.
The new Roughneck bathtub dump body comes with the front-mount hoist already mounted in the doghouse and attached to the lower cylinder trunnion. The Roughneck is built in 10-ft to 18-ft lengths, with 1/4" floor and 3/16" sides. It is available at 25% less cost than previous Clement designs, according to Jim Harris and Greg Hicks of Clement Industries, Minden LA.
The new ArcticPup reefer trailer from Morgan Corp, Morgantown PA, is designed to complement its ArticSeal refrigerated truck body. Offered in lengths of 28-36 feet, the trailers ride on bogies (along with underride guards) supplied by Reitnouer Inc of Reading PA. The trailer uses 4" I-beam crossmembers in the bay area and steel at the front and rear. The show trailer has aluminum Z-posts on 16" centers (12" centers in high-stress areas). A Whiting Cold Saver overhead door seals the rear, while access to the side is provided by a 46" door and a Bustin aluminum platform with steps. A Carrier Genesis TM900 System 3 with remote evaporator refrigerates the trailer.
Two all-aluminum truck bodies were introduced by TAFCO Equipment, Blue Earth MN. The 9-ft contractor body with drop side shown has 3" crossmembers, 6" aluminum channel long sills, a 1½" × 10" aluminum plank floor, and 915-lb tare weight. An 11-ft model also is offered. The second new body is a 9-ft aluminum dump body weighing 748 lb.
Stainless steel ice control body offers three spreading modes: pure salt or granular material, prewetted salt, and straight liquid. The 10-ft hopper provides capacity for six cubic yards of granular material, and 1,000 gallons of liquid can be stored in the tank that fits between the spreader and stainless steel dump body. Other stainless steel components include wiring conduit, lamp housings, oil reservoir, hydraulic valve enclosure, and fold-down ladder. Marty Ward, right, with Henderson Manufacturing, Manchester IA, shows the new spreader to Mike Eby, Mid-States Truck Equipment.
Wilcox Bodies of Mississauga, Ontario, celebrated its 40th anniversary by displaying this 11-ft crane body with reinforced crane tower in the rear curbside compartment. Stellar 10,000-lb telescopic hydraulic crane has 21-ft reach. Curry Supply Co of Curryville PA outfitted the mechanics body with an Atlas Copco 35-cfm hydraulic air compressor, 60-gallon air receiver, and 250-lb capacity compartment drawers and bolt bins. Wilcox personnel pictured are Albert Ribeiro, John Dick, and David Dick.
Axleless suspension from Marmon-Herrington, Louisville KY, provides a 15" floor height — or even lower. Applications include trucks, trailers, and particularly buses requiring access for the handicapped. Pictured at left are Bill Riley with Marmon-Herrington and Dallas Smith, Dallas Smith Corp.
New refrigeration package for the Freightliner Sprinter includes molded polyurethane parts up to 6" thick and ABS liner. Roof-mounted 3,000-watt Kerstner cooling unit has an engine-driven compressor. The package is installed at the Fontaine Modification Center in Charlotte NC. Displaying the unit are Reto Heil with Kerstner GmbH of Gross-Rohrheim, Germany, and Craig Fisher, DaimlerChrysler Vans LLC, Huntersville NC.
In-van crane is now available to fit the new DaimlerChrysler Sprinter van. Equipped with a Warn 1,200-lb winch, the Cargo Mate can place up to 650-lb loads anywhere in the cargo body. Pictured are Andy deLivron and Wayne Worthington with Wayne Engineering Corp, Cedar Falls IA.
Combo Kit from Muncie allows one tractor to pull different types of trailers, such as end dump, live floor, or equipment trailers. The 50-gallon steel reservoir can handle the heat generated by live floors operating at 2,800 psi. Air-activated valve mounted on the tank adjusts for the specific pressure required. Pictured are Randy Sorrentino, George Halleck, Jerry Brunt, Randy Fowler, Stan Watkins, and Kurt Polsley, all of Muncie Power Products, Muncie IN.
Swift Lift Crane can handle loads up to 600 lb and swing them into the back of a pickup. When not in use, the boom swings to a crane rest — doubling as a roll bar or light bar. The cranes are made by Excalibur Johannesburg, South Africa, and distributed by Swift Lift Cranes Ltd, Vancouver BC. Elaine Duncan, owner, demonstrates.
Chelsea 236 Series air-activated PTO for mid-range transmissions was developed using common parts from existing power take-offs. Flexible input gear design fits most current transmissions. Four speed ratios range from 225 to 250 ft-lb. Pictured are Brian Rang, Walt Harries, and Jeff King with Chelsea Products Division of Parker Hannifin Corp, Waterville, OH.