There are several criteria Miron Construction uses for selection. "The weight of the truck is always an issue, especially with fuel prices," says [Pete Klosterman]. "Fuel mileage is definitely another large issue." For jobsites, turning radius is also a factor. "A lot of work is happening in urban areas these days, so turning radius and wheelbase are probably the ones that stand out the most."
Trucks I & Transportation It Still Pays to Tailor Your Trucks It’s more important than ever to spec for your operation. By Curt Bennink G iven the current economic climate and the ment — forklifts, generators, concrete forms, lum- eral manager, there are certain jobsites where the ready supply of available trucks, you may ber and other typical construction freight. We do maneuverability and lighter weight are an advan- see some contractors press vehicles into on the order of 100,000 miles a year per truck. They tage. “It has been nice having 10-wheelers because a unintended applications, such as mating tractors run on the road daily, sometimes six days a week in lot of people don’t want Super 16s.” with sleeper cabs to dump truck bodies or using the summer.” Such was the case on a job the company recently them to pull dump trailers. But the basic fact The company buys all of its trucks new. “It is completed at the Phoenix Convention Center. remains — there is no substitute for using the right lower cost of operation,” says Klosterman. “You “There were weight issues. They had ramps you truck for the job. have a warranty and the latest and greatest equip- had to get out on and they didn’t allow as much Consider the case of a tractor pulling a bottom- ment for the drivers.” weight,” he explains. dump trailer. In states that conform to the bridge There are several criteria Miron Construction Rasmussen also has experience with truck and formula, you are limited to 80,000 lbs. GVW. “You uses for selection. “The weight of the truck is pup setups. “They do work pretty well,” he says, can fully reach the bridge formula with a bottom always an issue, especially with fuel prices,” says “But with the Phoenix Valley traffic, you just run dump and a properly spec’d tractor,” notes Jim Klosterman. “Fuel mileage is definitely another more liability with the big trailers.” The areas the Ladner, Landoll Corp. “A lot of these guys will go large issue.” For jobsites, turning radius is also a company needs to maneuver in are also too tight out and try to buy a road tractor to do bottom- factor. “A lot of work is happening in urban areas for this type of setup. dump work. You are hurting yourself by using the these days, so turning radius and wheelbase are Options for buying used Previously owned trucks can offer value when used in the right applications, and chosen carefully. “I think that customers who gravitate toward buying used are looking for value,” says Drew Backeberg, manager of marketing and customer support, Daimler Remarketing. “They are looking for a lower monthly payment, understanding that a newer truck may have lower maintenance costs. Some percentage of customers naturally gravitates to used and some are going to gravitate to new.” A few truck manufacturers offer certified used trucks. Freightliner’s SelecTrucks, for example, are suited for customers looking for highway trucks, including day cabs. The trick to reliability wit
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