Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Letter From David Spear, General Manager, J&J Truck Equipment

It is always very much appreciated when a customer takes the time out of their busy schedule to share their experience with J&J. During the past few months, we have received some excellent feedback, so in this issue of The Long Hauler, we will feature recent work we have completed for a few of our customers. We are very aware that without our customers, J&J would not exist, so we value and nurture these relationships very seriously. Everyone at J&J is committed to working hard for customers and making sure that we adhere to 4 basic principles:

Satisfying customer needs * producing a high quality product * delivering on time * continuously improving

On behalf of all J&J employees, we thank all our customers for their business and we look forward to continuing to provide you with quality products and unparalleled customer service. In order to provide more timely and comprehensive customer service, J&J has recently consolidated all of its customer service functions: Parts, Sales, Warranty, and Repair at the J&J Truck Equipment location at 422 Riggs Road in Somerset, Pa. The phone number is 814.444.7000 or toll free 800.455.8785. Make sure to stop in and see the J&J Truck Equipment showroom.
I hope you will feel free to contact us any time concerning any issues, positive or negative.Thank you, too, for returning the customer surveys. They are an invaluable tool in helping us do a better job for you.
David Spear


On the Road with J&J

Hunter Truck Sales provided
the Peterbilt chassis.
J&J's most popular model, the MH dump body, is the workhorse of coal and aggregate hauling. Available in aluminum and steel, these precison engineered dump bodies are built to specification and will withstand many years of hard use.

Coldsmith Construction provided
the Freightliner chassis.

The LWC dump truck is a strong, lighter weight steel solution for your material hauling needs. Lighter weight crossmemberless steel dump bodies are increasingly becoming a favorite choice for operators looking to haul more payload in a lighter weight steel truck. The body features Hardox (r) steel and formed bottom rails.

Truck Enterprises provided
the Kenworth chassis.

The HCX dump bodies are custom engineered for heavy construction. Our standard heavy construction package comes in either steel or aluminum and includes many "ready to work" features such as a heavy duty 1/4" full width, high-tensile floor (steel body), vertical and horizontal side braces, ladder and steps, sideboards, a full cab protector and more.

News Bytes from J&J OEM Partners

Caterpillar announced at the recent Natural Gas for High Horsepower Applications Summit its intentions to go "all-in" on natural gas and produce even more natural gas-fueled equipment and engines. CAT will provide natural gas fuel as an option for engines across its many high horsepower lines for mining, earthmoving, and drilling operations. Its first expected liquefied natural gas -powered products will include mining trucks.

Freightliner unveiled the first-ever OEM in-cab exercise system last month. The Freightliner In-Cab Training System provides drivers with full body strength-and-conditioning workouts in the comfort of their own cabs. Developed in collaboration with Rolling Strong™, the FIT System provides a simple and convenient exercise solution that encourages physical activity. It features a triple-grip handle, which enables users to interchange three bands to change resistance levels. 

Hino Trucks recently displayed their new Class 5 COE model 195 Double Cab. The new double cab option will arrive at Hino dealers in June of this year and is offered in both a diesel model and diesel-electric hybrid. Designed on a 19,500lb GVW chassis to provide class-leading payload capability, the four-door, six-person double cab is redefining driver comfort with its optional magnetic suspension seat in a cab designed to accommodate drivers up to 6’6" tall.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America announced that their N-Series truck was named 2013 Medium Duty Truck of the Year by Work Truck Magazine. 12 vehicles were included in an online ballot and voted on by professional fleet managers, who were asked to consider which MD truck model best fit their requirements, including application effectiveness, durability, quality, service, and lifecycle costs.

Kenworth introduces the Bendix ® eTrac Air Bag Transfer System for 6x2 suspensions on select models of Kenworth Class 8 trucks. The tandem drive axle on a 6x2 axle truck has no inter-axle driveline or rear differential. Because of that, it has fewer gears, which results in the truck being several hundred pounds lighter and experiencing improved fuel economy. This system automatically adjusts the vehicle’s airbag pressure transfer system from the non-drive axle to the drive axle when it recognizes wheel slip, providing improved fuel efficiency and on-demand traction.

Mack Trucks announced last month that is introducing the MP8 Ecodyne ®+ engine. This powerful and high-performing engine is ideal for on-highway customers who require additional muscle to move their loads. The Ecodyne+ is available in Mack’s Pinnacle models and offers 505hp with 1,860lb-ft of torque when operating in either of the top two gears. This maximizes fuel efficiency while also providing the necessary power to help drivers conquer long and steep grades.

Navistar International showcased its initial production build of the International ® ProStar ® truck equipped with MaxxForce ® 13 with SCR at the Mid-America Trucking Show. ProStar with MaxxForce 13 with SCR offers fleets and drivers the efficient power of a big bore engine with lighter weight components to maximize payload.

Peterbilt Motors Company announced PreSet Plus hub systems as standard equipment on all Peterbilt Class 8 trucks. PreSet Plus hub systems are designed to improve serviceability and reliability of vehicle wheel ends and minimize service time and requirements. PreSet Plus hub assemblies are designed for both steer and drive axles, for disc and drum brakes, and are available in iron and aluminum for weight-sensitive application.

Volvo Trucks announced late in March that it has partnered with Shell to collaborate and coordinate activities supporting the wider use of Liquefied Natural gas as a fuel for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Volvo Trucks announced the development of its proprietary 13-liter LNG engine for North America in mid-2012. The engine’s advanced high pressure diesel ignition technology will provide significant fuel efficiency gains, making it a viable solution for long-haul trucking applications.

Western Star featured their "Tough By Design" lineup at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Their booth this year highlighted their customized engineering and showcased versatile on-highway vehicles and vocational models. Models included Western Star’s 4700SB Day Cab Tractor, its 4900SB with Fuel Efficient Package and new lightweight spec options, a 4900SF Heavy Haul with low roof sleeper, and their 6900XD 40-ton mining truck chassis equipped with a Detroit Series 60 ® Tier III engine.

Ten New Trucks for Monmouth County

In response to a bid proposal advertised by the County of Monmouth, New Jersey, Bristol Donald Company, Mid-Atlantic Truck Centre and J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers worked together to successfully complete a specification package and submit the lowest responsive bid, based on the operational requirements of Monmouth County. Monmouth County designs equipment and trucks to meet their severe duty operational requirements to minimize life cycle costs and down time. The ten trucks were designed to be versatile for snow and ice control operations, paving, dredging projects, and heavy hauling.
Once the bid was awarded, John W. Tobia, the County’s Director of the Department of Public Works and Engineering, played a pivotal role in the fabrication process, keeping in close contact with J&J sales and quality control departments.This resulted in a flawless delivery of trucks and equipment.
The Monmouth County Public Works and Engineering Department is responsible for the maintenance, construction and repairs of 1,000 lane miles of roads, 980 bridges, 270 traffic control devices, 35 building complexes, a landfill, and a ferry terminal.The trucks have performed extremely well in carrying out these duties and were deployed during the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Sandy along the coastal areas.
The County has also recently awarded another bid to J&J for ten single axle trucks with dump bodies, spreaders and associated equipment.