Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Single Rear Wheel Harbor 10' WorkMaster Body On The Transit Cutaway Chassis

Harbor Truck Bodies has developed the WorkMaster Body for the all-new 2015 Single Rear Wheel Ford Transit cutaway. 

The Harbor WorkMaster is an enclosed Service Body and often called a "plumbers body" with a roof and additional useful features. It is available in a 10' (10' 4") for the single rear wheel cutaway chassis. In the dual rear wheel models, it is available in a 10', 12' and 14' models and can be mounted on cutaway chassis or on conventional chassis cabs. 

It is surprising how much storage and work space is available in the Trademaster 10 foot model mounted on the SRW Transit. There is storage for tools and parts in the lockable outside cabinets as well as the inside shelving. The bed area is lighted and has room for standing up and space available for working in an enclosed, covered area. The interior ladder rack keeps it out of sight. Rear grab handles provide for safe access into the bed area. Conduit and pipe can be loaded and accessed through a small rear door without unlocking or opening the rear doors.

Find a detailed description of the WorkMaster features 

Ford Transit:

The Ford Transit is a major transformation in the full-size van you’ve been accustomed to driving. And it’s engineered to Built Ford Tough® standards for durability. Cutaway and chassis cab models with three wheelbases open to a world of versatile upfit possibilities.


Chassis Cab and Cutaway Model:


Ford Transit does everything from hauling cargo or transporting passengers. The Transit Chassis Cab accommodates delivery box, utility and flatbed updfits. And the Transit Cutaway with convenient direct cab-to-body access is ideal for applications from delivery to ambulances, shuttle buses and motorhomes.

  Find the specs for the Ford Transit cut-away at:

Saturday, January 24, 2015


For the 26th consecutive year, Isuzu Trucks have held their position on top of the Australian truck market, as at the end of December 2014.

Beginning their reign as Australia’s top selling truck brand way back in 1989; Isuzu’s popularity has steadily increased ever since, with a commitment to performance and reliability as well as an impressive after-sales track record.

For over three decades, the Isuzu brand has enjoyed fierce loyalty from its many satisfied customers, something Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) Director and Chief Operating Officer, Phil Taylor, says has been hard-earned.

 “We’re always looking for improved ways to deliver top quality products that are reliable, affordable and right for the job.

“We are of course delighted to be in a strong position again at the start of 2015, and we thank our customers for their continued support.”

According to Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) data, over 145,000 Isuzu trucks have been sold in Australia over the past 26 years, with approximately one in four trucks on Australian roads sporting the iconic Isuzu badge.

And it’s little wonder too, with Isuzu boasting a model range of over 160 variants, and offering a vehicle for just about every vocational application imaginable.

According to official Truck Industry Council (TIC) T-Mark industry reports, Isuzu finished 2014 with a total of 7,150 truck sales and just over 23 per cent market share, more than 10 per cent clear of its closest rival.

Sales volume also improved with a five per cent increase in the total number of Isuzu trucks sold, whilst the total market volume declined slightly over the same 12 month period.

As well as taking out overall sales honours, Isuzu continues to dominate the light market with a total of 3,279 units for a 37.5 per cent share, while also comfortably leading the medium market with 2,755 units for an impressive 41.7 per cent market share.

In the heavy market, Isuzu finished the year very strongly, taking out third place and achieving a 10.4 per cent share, with the company’s FY Series 8x4 proving highly popular on the sales charts.

Mr Taylor said, “We continue to be pleased with the performance of our FY range in the heavy market.  The market acceptance that this product has, in a relatively brief timeframe, is proof positive of the product and engineering strategy employed at Isuzu.

“These same qualities are evident throughout our truck range, from the NLR 200 all the way through to our heavy models.

“And whilst the Australian truck market is a particularly competitive one, we will never stop adapting to change and striving to provide the most comprehensive product range and support services to the Australian road transport industry.”

Mr Taylor said he expected truck sales to hold relatively steady in 2015, with some gradual recovery in particular market segments.

“The mining sector is in steady decline right now and the whole industry has taken a hit across the board,” Mr Taylor said.

“But with some fresh infrastructure projects on the cards in States and Territories across the country, we could hopefully see some growth in the construction sector mitigating that decline.

“And as always, we won’t rest on our laurels either. Through innovative new products, like Isuzu’s telematics packages, we’re working to further develop our after-sales offerings.”

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Inside CURT: eCommerce
Proudly made in America! What makes CURT hitches different? See for yourself, tour the facility and meet the people who deliver the highest quality trailer hitches and towing accessories

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Isuzu Urban vs Forward

Tim Hicks discusses the key features and benefits of the Isuzu Urban, and explains the differences between the Urban and the N75.190.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015 Utility Products Exposition - San Diego. February 3-5

10,000 individuals attended Utility Products Exposition, DistribuTECH and the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference 2014
  •     A record-breaking 64 countries were represented at these events
  •     More than 475* exhibiting companies
  •     6 workshops were featured in the presentation theatre
  •     10 product demonstrations were featured in the presentation theatre
  •     Video presentation of Storm Soldiers
  •     The latest safety products and newest technology on the exhibit floor
  •     Keynote Session by Gary Norland highlighting the importance of safety in the workplace
*Co-located with DistribuTECH

San Diego Convention Center, San Diego. February 3-5, 2015

Find out more at: Utility Products Expo

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Why Attend "The Importance of Understanding Your Fleet Customer"

Hear what you can expect to bring back to your operation when you attend the educational session "The Importance of Understanding Your Fleet Customer" at 9:30AM March 5, during The Work Truck Show 2015. Learn more about the session:

Why Attend "How to Become an Excellent Decision-Maker"

Hear from session presenter Doug Cartland, president, DCI (Sharon, WI) on takeaways from attending "How to Become an Excellent Decision-Maker." The session will be held WEdnesday, March 4, from 9:30AM-10:45AM during The Work Truck Show 2015 at the Indiana Convention Center.

Roush Reports Ford 6.8 Liter CARB Nod

California Certification Paves the Way 
for Retrofit Sales in All 50 States

Roush CleanTech reports California Air Resources Board certification for the retrofit of all Ford 6.8-liter engine-powered, model year 2012 to 2015 vehicles to propane autogas – and says it’s the first company to receive such approval.

With California Air Resources Board certification, any 2012-2015 model year Ford E-450, F-450, F-550 (shown), F-650, F-53 and F-59 vehicle can be converted to run on propane autogas in all 50 states, says Roush CleanTech.

The CARB nod means that any 2012 through 2015 model year Ford E-450, F-450, F-550, F-650, F-53 and F-59 vehicle with the spark-ignition V-10 engine can be converted to run on propane autogas, “making it easier,” Roush says, “for U.S. fleet operators to transition to this clean-burning, domestically produced alternative fuel.”

“We’ve seen increased demand for medium-duty trucks powered by propane autogas,” Roush sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw said in a release. “These high-mileage workhorses can be converted to autogas well into their long life and still provide a smart return on investment.”

Pre-Title/New Vehicle Upfits Too

Roush continues to offer a wide range of CARB-certified, dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel systems for new-vehicle/pre-title installation too. Offerings include Ford F-series trucks and E-series vans.

“These propane autogas powered vehicles offer equivalent horsepower, torque and towing capabilities as conventionally fueled counterparts,” Roush says, noting that it remains the only Ford QVM/Qualified Vehicle Modifier for propane autogas fuel systems: “All of Roush CleanTech’s system components have been designed, developed and integrated in collaboration with Ford,” the company says.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Why Attend "Identifying Upcoming Industry and Economic Trends" at The Work Truck Show 2015?

In this short clip, hear key takeaways of the educational session "Identifying Upcoming Industry and Economic Trends" to be held 3:00PM March 3, during The Work Truck Show. Learn more about the session:

"Utilizing Life-Cycle Cost Analysis as a Selling or Purchasing Strategy"

NTEA Director of Fleet Relations Bob Johnson describes what you can expect away by attending the educational session "Utilizing Life-Cycle Cost Analysis as a Selling or Purchasing Strategy" on March 14, 2015 at 9:30AM during the Work Truck Show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Learn more about the session at

Why Attend "Mitigating Risk Through Proper Truck Certification" at The Work Truck Show 2015?

Hear key takeaways of attending session "Mitigating Risk Through Proper Truck Certification" to be held 1:30PM March 3, during The Work Truck Show. Learn more about the session:

Why Attend "By the Numbers: Insights into Utilizing Metrics"

In this short clip, hear key takeaways of the educational session "By the Numbers: Insights into Utilizing Metrics for Managing a Truck Equipment Distributor" to be held 1:30PM March 3, during The Work Truck Show. Learn more about the session:

Why Attend "How to Make a Problem Employee a Productive Employee"

Presenter Doug Cartland, president, DCI (Sharon, WI) discusses takeaways of attending the session "How to Make a Problem Employee a Productive Employee." The session will be held Wednesday, March 4, from 8:00AM-9:15AM during The Work Truck Show 2015 (Indiana Convention Center).

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Veolia Environmental Services was quick to ensure it landed Tasmania’s very first Isuzu FYH 2000 8x4 truck.

And since then, the vehicle has been put well and truly through its paces, with 73,000 kilometres already on the clock.

The new ‘twin-steer’ model was identified by the company for its impressive handling, reliability and suitability to the waste management application.

“The FY is the only Isuzu eight wheeler truck we’ve got, and it’s the first one of its kind in Tasmania – we were essentially the first ones to buy the twin steer 8x4 right off the production line, “ says James O’Brien, Veolia Maintenance Coordinator for North Tasmania.

Veolia Environmental Services provides environmental solutions in the fields of water, waste management and energy management and services the heavy industry, commercial, government and residential sectors.

The company has been operating in Tasmania as part of the national group for 35 years and has built a strong reputation for demonstrating industry-best practice and helping customers achieve their sustainability goals.

This can present a task in most environments, but it is made all the more challenging when faced with the hilly terrain of Tasmania.

Lucky for Veolia, impact driving is lessened due to the FYH 2000 Allison HD 4430 6-speed heavy duty full automatic transmission.

“There are a lot of challenges here with hills, and the automatic transmission in the FY is great compared to the manual transmission truck we were working with before, as we were constantly changing gears,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The truck also travels on gravel roads, in and out of tip sites and waste transfer stations, and we’ve found the maneuverability and turning circle of the truck is ideal for getting into tight spots.”

Veolia’s Northern Tasmania team currently operates 15 Isuzu trucks across the F Series range, built for hook-lift, rear-lift, pantec and liquid applications.

“I’ve been working with Isuzu products for a long time and I know the resale of the Isuzu has always been great compared to any other truck out there. When they do come up they always go for a good dollar,” he said.

“Maintenance on Isuzu trucks is cost effective and realistic, and in terms of reliability, we drive service to service and the trucks are very rarely off the road.”

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

The SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain from Cummins and Eaton

Cummins, the leading diesel engine manufacturer, and Eaton, the leader in heavy-duty transmissions, have joined forces to bring you the SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain. These totally integrated units take the efficiency of Cummins ISX15 with SmartTorque2 (ST2), and combine it with the smooth-shifting Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-Speed automated transmission, for 3-6% better fuel economy. For more information, visit