Spreading holiday cheer this season just became easier. Gift Like a Pro with the GMC Sierra featuring available accessory Kicker Audio.
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Friday, December 27, 2019
Tow-behind air compressors have been popular in many industries, including construction and utilities, for decades. This equipment made it easy for contractors and operators to ensure they were able to take their air compressor with them to the job site.
Today, owners, operators, and fleet managers have more options for mobile compressed air than just tow-behind air compressors. Manufacturers continue to innovate with a variety of options, from hydraulic, gas, and diesel powered above-deck air compressors, UNDERHOOD™ air compressors, and underdeck PTO-driven air compressor systems. But even with these innovative air compressor solutions, which pack a lot of power into compact packages, many
people still have a problem letting go of their trusty tow-behind air compressors. Here are 9 reasons to keep your tow-behind air compressor:
9. ENJOY THE CHALLENGE OF DRIVING AND PARKING WITH A TRAILER
Your experience towing your bulky air compressor has given you the skills of a precision driver! You’ve successfully merged onto busy freeways, reversed without jack-knifing, and managed to find parking in even the most crowded job sites. You have a sense of pride in the skills you’ve honed over the years of navigating your truck and trailer in all sorts of tricky (and frankly, stressful!) situations.
8. TAKE YOUR TIME TRAVELLING TO JOB SITES
Trailers can hinder your access to job sites, especially mobile service work in remote or off-road areas. If you enjoy taking extra time and care to navigate your way to hard-to-reach job sites, then it’s best to stick with your tow-behind.
7. MONOPOLIZE YOUR HITCH
tow-behind-on-hitchYour truck came with a tow hitch for a reason, so you’re going to use it! Now you can always use your tow hitch for your air compressor. If you need more equipment, then you will have to have another vehicle and driver sent out to bring all the required equipment to the same spot. That means the second truck will have the opportunity to use its hitch too.
If you feel like doing it all yourself, you can make two trips to the job site—one to drop off your air compressor, and one to drop off the rest of your equipment. Driving around is fun!
6. ONLY TRAVEL WITH YOUR AIR COMPRESSOR SOMETIMES
Every service job will present you with the opportunity to guess: will I need my air compressor for this job? You can bet on the odds of whether you’ll need to bring your tow-behind with you to the job site or not. Keep track of how many times you guess right, and how many times you must turn around to go back and collect your trailer.
5. SPEND LOTS OF TIME TAKING EXTRA SAFETY PRECAUTIONS & MEASURES
We hope everyone is passionate about workplace safety, and if you have a tow-behind air compressor, you’ll get to indulge this passion practically every day. Tow-behind air compressors have a lot of parts to check frequently. You’ll need to ensure the hitch, taillights, and tires are all in working condition. If any of these parts are failing, then you’ll get to spend part of your day fixing them, instead of actually getting down to work. If you’re a procrastinator, this is the best!
It also takes vehicles pulling heavy tow-behind air compressors longer to stop. To be able to stop quickly and safely, you’ll have to drive at reduced speeds whenever you’re towing your air compressor. You can learn and observe tow bar regulations and adjust your driving to make up for a larger blind spot.
In addition to all the safety checks you’ll enjoy doing, you’ll also have the opportunity come up with safety measures to ensure thieves don’t steal your tow-behind. It’s much easier to steal a tow-behind than to steal an above-deck air compressor, or a vehicle integrated compressor, like an UNDERHOOD or a transmission-mounted PTO drive air compressor. But since you like a challenge, and you’re passionate about safety and security, you’ll enjoy taking extra precautions to ensure your tow-behind is not stolen. Channel your inner Kevin McCallister in Home Alone and have some fun setting up booby traps every time you need to park your vehicle.
4. LOTS OF ENGINE MAINTENANCE
engine-tow-behind-air-compressorTow-behind air compressors come with their own engine, in addition to the engine that’s part of the service truck or van that’s doing the towing. This means that you’ll have two engines to maintain, and you’ll spend more time and money making sure both engines are in tip-top shape.
Several mobile air compressors use the vehicle’s existing power sources to run, such as gas and diesel vehicle engines, transmissions, or PTOs that run hydraulics, but where’s the fun in only maintaining one engine?
3. SPEND MORE TIME WORKING ON EACH JOB
Tow-behind air compressors take time to position properly and set up on the jobsite. They require a lot more prep work than a vehicle-mounted mobile air compressor. If you enjoy spending additional time each day setting up your equipment before you actually start to work, then a tow-behind is a great option.
2. USE MORE FUEL, INCREASE YOUR TRUCK’S WEIGHT
Tow-behind air compressors are beasts. They’re thirsty monsters when it comes to fuel, when you account for the extra consumption to run the tow-behind, as well as the extra fuel your truck will use to lug a 1,000+ lb air compressor. Your local gas station attendants will love seeing your truck and trailer chugging into the station for another big sale!
Speaking of weight, do you like adding extra weight to your truck? If so, you’re in luck—even though the Atlas Copco XAS 110 is considered to be a smaller sized tow-behind air compressor, producing up to 110 CFM, it still weighs 1,100 lb. It’s much heavier than the UNDERHOOD™ 150 air compressor, which weighs in at only 200 lb.
1. STAY TRADITIONAL WITH YOUR 1980s COMPRESSOR
tow-behind-air-compressorAnd the number one best reason to keep your tow-behind air compressor is that you are a traditionalist! You enjoy the nostalgia of using the tow-behind. All the extra time spent driving around, setting it up, maintaining it, and keeping it safe is time well spent! The challenges driving, maneuvering, and parking build up your character. And of course, you love utilizing your truck hitch to carry around your 1,000+ lb tow-behind.
Do you have second thoughts about keeping your tow-behind air compressor? There’s another option. Vehicle mounted air compressors are the right choice for people who:
- Need mobile air regularly
- Have light to medium duty applications
- Want more space for cargo, tools, and other equipment
- Prefer less weight on their vehicles
- Want to minimize maintenance
- Desire the freedom and convenience of trailer-free driving
Learn more about VMAC Underhood Air Compressors at: https://www.vmacair.com/
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Sunday, December 22, 2019
C-TECH Aluminum Tool Drawer - PONSSE North America, Field Technician - Dustin Conley
“CTech provides storage that is custom made any size needed to maximize usable storage out of our trucks. Servicing heavy equipment in all environments from heat, cold, snow and rain, I push my equipment and CTech aluminum drawers never falter. With the ability to create all the organization needed I am able to carry a large inventory of parts that are easily accessible. My CTech units have never caused any trouble and are loaded with large amounts of weight with the truck is used off-road daily. All in all great product and great group of people to work with. Thanks CTech
.”After the Motion Latch handle was such a success in CTech's other products other industries found areas to utilize this product. Drawer units are not a new concept in the Service Truck Body market but CTech drawers changed the market forever with our parametric designed module aluminum drawer units. We offer standard configured tool drawers for all the major truck body manufacturers and in most cases the CTech drawer unit can be added as an option directly from the factory.
Aluminum drawer units are not only used to fill compartments in truck bodies. They can be added to any opening including existing cabinetry you may have in your garage, shop, trailer, truck, van or any other opening. There are 3 different style of drawer inserts which covers any possible mounting solution.
Learn more at: https://www.ctechmanufacturing.com/#/drawers
Friday, December 20, 2019
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Weather Guard makes some waves whenever it announces a new truck box—this one, however, has built-in LED lighting—and takes only about 30 minutes to install! Weather Guard buillt their lighted truck box on their Model 127 and installation really is simple, even for something that requires wiring. Weather Guard Lighted Truck Box with PowerSync https://www.protoolreviews.com/tools/...
Monday, December 16, 2019
Legend's high quality insulated duratherm takes on a competitor's interior liner.Learn more about Legend's Insulated Duratherm here:
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Our original Harbor Master Landscaper Body has evolved. Our customers are always looking for better ways and we are adapting our bodies to meet those needs. We now have three Harbor Landscaper Bodies in our lineup. First, we have the original Master Landscaper that comes with MDO Plywood Gates with dual side exterior laminate, Rear latch swing away rear steel frame gates that lock to side for dumping.
To that great body, we have added the Harbor Pro Landscaper which adds a back of cab 24" storage box that is about cab high. The curbside of the box has three shelves and a pull-out deep steel drawer on Teflon® bushings. This compartment goes almost all the way to the other side so it will carry long tools, gardening equipment, etc. and keep it safe and out of sight.
The other side has a 22" deep compartment for smaller items and/or parts. It is available with one or more underbed boxes to match for additional space. Since this 24" box is in place, a typical 84" CA truck that would take a 12' Landscaper, now would have a 10' Landscape Dump and the 24" storage box. Many customers still prefer the 12' and this just requires the cab chassis to have a 108" CA. The Pro Landscaper has the same MDO Plywood sides and rear gate as the Master Landscaper.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
To celebrate the recent launch of the VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor, now powered by Honda, VMAC ran a G30 Giveaway Contest. (Watch the video on our Facebook page!) In this contest we asked entrants to answer three simple questions. One of these questions asked fleet managers and operators what their top challenges with their current truck-mounted air compressors are. Here are the results:
Common Air Compressor Challenges
With seven options to choose from, the top three results were size, air output and weight, accounting for almost 60% of the responses. The VMAC G30 was designed and engineered to address the concerns fleet managers and operators have with their current equipment.
VMAC G30 Gas Drive Air CompressorAir compressor size was the number one challenge our survey identified. The VMAC G30 is 50% smaller* than other competitive air compressors, measuring just 34” (l) x 21.5” (w) x 24” (h), making it small enough to fit on the side pack of a single rear wheel service body. The compact size frees up to 15 cubic feet on the truck body, and leaves more room in the back of the truck for supplies, tools, and equipment. Another bonus is that visibility is improved, as the short height of the G30 means it won’t obstruct the view in the rear window.
Not only is the G30 compact, it is also powerful—50% more powerful* than other competitive air compressors. Producing 30 CFM 100% of the time, the G30 can operate at 100% duty cycle, which means you won’t have to wait for air to build, and you can work without interruption, thanks to continuous air supply. The G30 doesn’t need a large air receiver tank either, which aids in the size challenge.
Weight challenges are minimized with the VMAC G30, which weighs 50% less* than other competitive air compressors. Weighing just 205 lbs (93 kg), the G30 is over 200 lbs lighter. Not only does every pound of GVW count when building a truck service body, especially because vehicle weight restrictions vary by state, but the Environmental Protection Agency reports that for every 100 lbs of weight reduction, a vehicle’s fuel economy can increase by up to 2%. This means that with 200lbs less weight, the VMAC G30 can save you up to 4% in truck fuel costs.
*Compared to competing 22 to 30 CFM reciprocating gas engine driven air compressors, with 30-gallon air receiver tank.
OPERATING IN COLD TEMPERATURES
Respondents in Canada and the Northeast and Midwestern states noted operating air compressors in cold temperatures to be particularly challenging. To ensure the air compressor can operate in extreme cold, a cold climate kit can be installed on the G30. The G30 with cold climate kit is proven to start-up at temperatures of -30°C (-22°F).**
**Due diligence and additional care may be required for prolonged operation in temperatures reaching below -15°C (5°F).
The VMAC G30’s lightweight and compact design makes it easier to transfer than heavier air compressors weighing over 400 lbs. The lifting hook makes for easy installation on the service truck as well.
The VMAC G30 is easy to maintain, with servicing recommended every 200 hours or every 6 months. The compressor is oil injected; oil forms a seal between the rotors so they don’t wear against each other. The G30 compressor doesn’t contain any gears, reed-valves, piston rings, or components that will fatigue or become fouled, which means with proper servicing and operation, the compressor should never require rebuilding. The G30 comes with a VMAC Lifetime Limited Warranty, and the reliable Honda GX390 engine comes with a 3-year warranty (limited).
OPERATING IN HOT TEMPERATURES
Operating air compressors in hot temperatures was a concern for some operators and fleet managers, predominately those located in areas like Texas, Virginia, Arizona, and California. The G30 is proven to operate at temperatures up to 40°C (104°F) and is protected by a compressor oil temperature switch that opens at 140°C (284°F) and shuts down and disables the engine until the oil temperature drops below 139°C (282°F).
MINIMIZE CHALLENGES WITH THE VMAC G30
Each of these seven challenges can be addressed with upgrading your air compressor to the VMAC G30 Gas Engine Driven Air Compressor. Not only is it 50% smaller, 50% lighter, and 50% more powerful, but it is also proven to operate in the most extreme climates. It’s also easy to transfer and maintain, allowing you to spend your time on the job, not struggling with your equipment.
Learn more about the VMAC G30, or find a dealer. You can also find a VMAC Sales Rep—they’ll be happy to answer your questions, and provide you with a demo of the air compressor, so you can see the G30 in action for yourself.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
The most capable truck GMC has ever built, the Next Generation Sierra Heavy Duty was engineered to conquer. GMC Chief Engineer Marissa West gives an in-depth look at Sierra Heavy Duty’s powerful capability that helps you tow with command and control.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019
The slide-in DumperDogg Dump Insert from Buyers Products makes it easy to convert your 3/4 ton+ pickup with a 6 or 8 ft bed into a dump truck. The slide-in unit has a 6000 lb capacity and is powered by your truck's electrical. A double-acting scissor hoist provides up to a 45° dump angle. The versatile tailgate opens up or down and can be removed completely, so you can still use your truck like a regular pickup. A number of accessories, including side wall extensions, roll tarp kits, a removable tailgate spreader, and a cab guard are also available. For more information, and to see our complete line of DumperDogg products and accessories, visit https://www.buyersproducts.com/catalo.... Available Models (Click the link for more info): Stainless Steel Models - https://bit.ly/2JeNRqT 5534000 - 8 Foot 5534006 - 6 Foot Carbon Steel Models - https://bit.ly/2xO43q4 5531000 - 8 Foot 5531006 - 6 Foot Poly Model - https://bit.ly/2Fd5fIo 5532000 - 8 Foot
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
When you leave the asphalt in the rear view, learn why the First Ever GMC HD AT4 offers the off-road power and performance you depend on to get you farther off the grid.