Heavy Duty Trucking

DEC 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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are easy to operate with gloved fingers; ● seals and sound-deadening insu- lation to keep out dust and noise; ● filtered inlet air; ● double window regulators for extra ruggedness; ● attractive plastics and fabrics that seat and surround a driver; ● cowl-mounted mirrors for a steady view of what's behind. I liked the cab's look and feel, and appreciated its quietness. With an 18,000-pound forward- set axle you can anticipate a stiff ride, and it was. There's not enough room for long leaf springs, even if they're parabolic in design, so the nose and cab hopped over bumps and bowed concrete out on the highway. I was fine in my air-suspended seat, but Zingre's perch was on steel legs and he had to hang on at times. Of course, trucks like this seldom go out with a passenger, but if I were a Cat dealer and this were my demo truck, I'd install an air-ride seat over there to keep a potential customer in a buying mood. Maybe you're wondering why the © 2014 EnerSys. All rights reserved. Trademarks and logos are the property of EnerSys and its affi liates unless otherwise noted. Subject to revisions without prior notice. E.&O.E. ® GIVE YOUR FLEET MORE MUSCLE Engineered with Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology, ODYSSEY ® batteries provide superior power with three times the life of ordinary batteries. ODYSSEY Performance Series ™ batteries provide reliable engine starting in any situation, while ODYSSEY Extreme Series ™ batteries are ideal for battery-based APUs that allow you to power auxiliary systems without idling. ODYSSEY batteries keep your fl eet moving and your company saving. Scan this QR code to estimate your savings with our online savings calculator Circle 153 on Reader Action Card new Cat Truck is labeled 681. What happened to 680? It's coming some- time next year and will also have a forward-set axle, but it'll be a long- nose tractor, our hosts said. That's a more premium market, so the CT680 will have more bright-metal trim available. Watch for it. ■ www.truckinginfo.com DECEMBER 2014 • HDT 41 The nicely trimmed cab is roomy and its big windows make for excel- lent outward visibility. Transmission selector is at driver's side.

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