Heavy Duty Trucking

OCT 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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Spec the system now. Learn more at danacv.com/advantek40 Spicer ® AdvanTEK ® 40 Tandem Axle SPL ® 250/350 Driveshafts The system with greater merit Withstands 30 PERCENT HIGHER input torque More than 2 percent IMPROVED EFFICIENCY Up to 21 POUNDS LIGHTER than a standard axle Tested to perform for a MILLION MILES In an ever-changing industry, Dana keeps on charging ahead. We have engineered the Spicer ® AdvanTEK ® 40 tandem axle and the SPL ® 250/350 driveshafts with innovative technologies to become the most durable, reliable system available for downsped engines in Class 8 commercial vehicles. In line with industry trends and geared for tomorrow, let our complete solution take your truck to the highest level of effciency. Circle 226 on Reader Action Card needed to worry only about keeping the left-side fender out of the bushes and the 53-foot trailer's wheels out of the ditch. Whether on unpaved or paved roads, the T880's Sheppard dual pow- er steering was precise and the rig was easy to keep in a travel lane, which is not always the case with such steering gear. The 18-speed transmission was programmed to keep a lid on engine revs so the engine stayed unobtrusively quiet. The cab itself is nicely insulated, including triple door seals, so wind noise was low, and Fennimore and I could talk in conversational tones. test drive T he T880 was introduced last year and only entered produc- tion in December, but it has already grabbed about half the orders formerly placed for the popular 28-year-old T800. However, it will probably be five or six years before the T800 is totally phased out. Check out these photos of a blue T800 that I drove four years ago in Washington state. It was also a heavy-haul tractor and had the old- style aluminum cab which, though smaller, is about as strong as they come. It had more squarish lines and a hood crown 2 inches higher than the new model's. Inside it had an old-school flat dash with rows of electro-mechanical gauges that old-school truckers, and probably some younger ones, still love. Phasing out a classic The automotive- style dash houses only a few gauges, but more can be called up as images on the big screen to the driver's right. PHOTO: TOM BERG PHOTOS: TOM BERG 38 HDT • OCTOBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com

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