Patience is a Virtue at Linfox

It’s such a simple message but well worth saying over and over, yes, patience is a virtue at Linfox. The message, which needs to be heard by the whole industry and which this video hits again and again, is to take your time. It isn’t a race, there is no prize for coming in first.   Number one, we need drivers to understand the most important thing about their job is for the freight to get there without anyone getting hurt. Easier said...

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Lessons In Load Restraint

Here is a series of mishaps on the road from people who need lessons in load restraint. They either don’t know about, or don’t care about good load restraint. One of the first things to note is how few of those involved were trucks. Both instances involving trucks look like they are the result of sheer laziness.   In one instance the truck has two stacks of board on the dropside body with virtually zero load restraint. In the...

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LNG And All That Gas

  The price of diesel goes up a little bit and immediately LNG and all that gas comes back into the reckoning. The margins in road transport are so slim, only a small incremental change can tip the balance between fuel options.   Here we have Volvo talking about its LNG 13 litre engine developing comparable power and performance to the diesel version, while offering carbon emission savings.   While carbon emission...

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The Latest New Model

Here’s an introduction to the latest new model from Mack, the Anthem. This new truck was unveiled in the US last month with plenty of fanfare and dry ice. It represents the Mack brand in the US coming up with a more modern look while still retaining the ‘traditional’ Mack look and feel. This, in itself, is a difficult feat to achieve, as Mack had always lacked a genuinely contemporary image.   This is probably a good time to point out...

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Eaton and Cummins Getting Closer

This video from the US shows us Eaton and Cummins getting closer as they offer a more integrated driveline to US truck buyers. This particular AMT has just gone on sale in the US and is not destined to appear here for some time.   The gearbox is part of a comprehensive program where Eaton and Cummins are working very closely together to come up with a fully integrated package. The engine and transmission communicate seamlessly with...

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Truck Testing With Linfox

The truck manufacturers do a lot of their truck testing with Linfox or, more precisely, at a Linfox facility. The Australian Automotive Research Centre (AARC) is near Anglesea in the Otway Forest Park, just inland from Anglesea, on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.   International Harvester originally built the place when it was a power in Australia and based in Geelong. The original Acco trucks designed and built in the fifties and...

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