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Hauling heavy equipment? Use this Best Practices checklist

Moving heavy equipment safely is no smalgetting assembled 2l task. We’ve all seen or read stories when things did not go according to plan — with disastrous results. Keeping the hauled equipment in place mitigates the risk during accidents, sudden stops, and high speed turning maneuvers.

During roadside inspections in 2015, there have been in excess of 40,000 violations regarding load securement. Inspectors have a host of descriptions that they can attach to these violations, which include:

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To compound the problem, nearly 80% of the time the vehicle was placed out of service during the roadside inspection, impeding revenue and the productivity flow.

There are best practices to assist in the reduction of violations and to mitigate risk. But if in doubt, check the regulations found in §393.120, or the Canadian securement standards.

Best Practices

Before loading

  • Verify that the transport vehicle’s gross vehicle weight rating and/or gross combination weight rating will not be exceeded.
  • Determine if permits for oversize or overwidth movements will be required.
  • Are there any loading guidelines that need to be followed for the equipment, such as the use of locking pins, brakes, a particular transmission gear, outriggers, or deck wideners?
  • Determine where the equipment will be placed on the transport vehicle to balance the weight distribution and to secure the equipment properly.
  • Inspect the equipment’s securement points for wear and damage.
  • If there will be low friction between the equipment and the transport vehicle (such as metal crawler tracks on a metal deck), determine if friction devices are necessary.
  • If the equipment to be hauled has rubber tires, verify the tire pressure. Low pressure may result in the loosening of the tiedowns.
  • Remove any excessive aggregate, dirt, debris, or other substances that may fall or reduce friction during transit.

During loading

  • Do not operate or load equipment that you do not know how to operate, or operate safely.
  • When possible, place the equipment against a vehicle structure to help prevent forward movement – unless the weight distribution or securement considerations will not allow.
  • Be cautious when attaching securement devices over brake or hydraulic hoses or cylinders to avoid damage to those components.
  • Use edge protection to prevent damage to the tiedowns or to the equipment.
  • Whenever possible, use the equipment manufacturer’s designated attachment points and follow the manufacturer’s securement recommendations.
  • Do not use any attachment point that is of questionable strength or suitability.
  • Chain is the preferred tiedown for heavy equipment and machinery.
  • Use direct tiedowns whenever possible, but keep in mind that direct tiedowns require the use of more tiedowns than when using indirect.
  • Use chocks, cradles, wedges, or other means placed against the wheels to prevent rolling of wheeled vehicles. These devices need their own securement.

After loading

  • Lower all accessory equipment and other movable parts such as hydraulic shovels, booms, plows, crane arms, etc., and secure them to the transport vehicle using tiedowns. Accessories equipped with locking pins or similar devices which prevent movement in any direction do not have to be secured with additional securement devices.
  • Hydraulics alone are not enough to secure accessory equipment.
  • If the equipment being transported has an articulation point, pivot, or hinge within its construction, lock or restrain the vehicle or equipment to prevent any articulation while in transit.
  • Accessories and other items that are not attached to the equipment must be secured to the transport vehicle following the general rules for cargo securement.
  • Confirm the actual height and width of the vehicle.
  • Complete all required enroute securement inspections.

Minimum tiedown requirements

  • If the loaded vehicle has crawler tracks or wheels, at least four tiedowns need to be used to prevent movement side-to-side, forward, rearward, and vertically.
  • An indirect tiedown routed through an anchor point and attached to both sides of the trailer is counted as a single tiedown.
  • A chain can be used as two tiedowns if properly attached to two anchor points using two binders, with slack in the middle of the chain, so that a break in the middle would not affect either tiedown.
  • The sum of the working load limits of the tiedowns must equal at least 50% of the weight of the cargo. If unsure of the cargo’s weight, additional tiedowns may be needed.
  • Attach tiedowns either:
    • As close as possible to the front and rear of the equipment, or
    • At the mounting points on the equipment designed for that purpose.

Following good and compliant securement processes will “keep things in place” not only while moving equipment from place to place, but also during an accident or other extreme maneuver. As Flannery O’Connor famously penned in 1955, “The life you save may be your own!”

By Rick Malchow | J. J. Keller & Associates

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The 3 Best Smartphones for Contractors to Use on the Job

Smartphones have become so vital to the workflows of so many construction firms and the technology so foundational to the way many people expect things to work nowadays that the devices and the apps they support have changed the way communication and information gathering is done in the industry. Read the latest recommendations from Equipment World.

All of that to say, if you’re on a modern construction site, you probably need a smartphone.

#1 Apple iPhone 6S/6S Plus

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Coming in at No. 1 on our list is the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Apple’s devices offer the best performance, the best app ecosystem, the best camera and the new, very useful 3D Touch feature, in a very well designed package.

Powered by Apple’s speedy A9 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, the iPhones 6S and 6S Plus are extremely powerful devices that have nearly eliminated slowdowns or software jitters. And though camera updates this year were minimal, the 12MP shooters on these phones offer the best image quality of any smartphone.

As far as size goes, the 6S, with its 4.7-inch display is decidedly more pocketable and less bulky than the 6S Plus and its 5.5-inch display. But if you do a lot of reading and photography with your phone, the 6S Plus is probably the better choice with that added display size and the hardware image stabilization not found on the 6S.

Beyond a huge performance upgrade from the iPhone 6 (we’re talking at least twice as fast as those phones) the headline feature of the 6S and 6S Plus is 3D Touch, allowing the device’s touchscreen to sense how much pressure you’re applying with a touch.

The feature makes using the iPhone more efficient, allowing you to preview messages, emails, web links and much more with a light press (a “Peek” as Apple calls it) or bringing that content to the full width of the display with a harder press (a “Pop”). Probably one of the more useful features enabled by 3D Touch is the ability to swipe with pressure from the left edge of the screen to enter the multitasking view. It makes going between apps and tasks a breeze.

And though none of these things will likely convince fans of the Android ecosystem to switch, the fact still remains that many developers still release their apps on iOS first.

 #2 Google Nexus 6P


Google’s latest Nexus phone, the 6P. The 6P has a 5.7-inch display with a super sharp resolution of 2,560×1,440. It’s powered by a beefy 2GHz processor with 3GB of RAM and runs the latest and greatest version of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow. And since it’s a Nexus phone, that will always be the case. Its 12-megapixel camera is likely only second in the Android world to Samsung’s S6 phones and its battery life, though not astounding, is more than enough for a full day’s worth of work without needing a charge. Finally, there’s the price: $499. At that price point and with all those premium specs, the 6P is the best Android phone period and a seriously hard phone to top.


#3 Samsung Galaxy S6 Active


We’ll start with the device’s rugged specifications. Rated at IP68 military spec, the S6 Active is dustproof, can survive 30 minutes in up to 3 feet of water and can withstand drops from 4 feet without cracking. The phone features an eight-core processor and 3GB of RAM. It has a great 16MP camera, and its 5.1-inch, 2,560×1,440 resolution display is sharp. In sum, the S6 Active compromises a bit on ruggedness, but in our eyes more than makes up for it in performance.



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PBE Auto Parts For Top Holiday Gifts for Auto Enthusiasts

You know them: the people young and old, with gasoline in their veins and minds for all things mechanical. Call them automotive enthusiasts, hot-rodders, car nuts, truck fanatics or just gearheads. Whatever the name, they love their cars and trucks, and everything that goes along with them.

If you have a car lover or truck lover on your holiday shopping list, the chore of choosing that perfect gift just got easier. We selected five fun gift ideas that are sure to surprise and thrill your gearhead friends and family members. Whether your budget is under $10 or over $100, we’ve got you covered. Choose your favorites and get ahead of the holiday shopping rush.

JUMPAC battery booster Bluetooth speaker best holiday gifts

JUMPAC Multi-Use Wireless Speaker, Jump Starter and Power Supply
A portable battery booster can be a lifesaver when a dead battery leaves a driver stranded. But because most drivers don’t need a jump-start very often, boosters often go unused, stashed in the trunk or the back of a pickup cab until due for a recharge. But this portable booster box from JUMPAC will not be hibernating for long stretches. It includes a built-in Bluetooth wireless speaker and power supply to charge devices on the go, making it useful not just in emergencies but also for tailgating, camping and other vehicle-based adventures.

mobile phone mount best holiday gifts

Mobile Phone Mount
Gearhead or not, most drivers rely on mobile phones for a variety of vehicle- and travel-related functions, from mapping a route to locating the lowest fuel prices. Mobile phone mounts like this one, which attach to glass or other hard, non-porous surfaces, improve convenience and safety for motorists by keeping heads up and phones out of the driver’s hands. This mount accommodates many common phone sizes and shapes, and its design allows easy placement and removal of the device in the mount.

Mcguiar's Gold Class wash wax kit best holiday gifts

Meguiars Gold Class Wash & Wax Detail Kit
Washing a car or truck is no chore for the enthusiast. We enjoy it because we know the job is done right, because it provides a chance to carefully inspect the vehicle and because we take pride in a clean automobile. Meguiars is a top name in car care products, and this detail kit includes quality products – shampoo, a wash mitt, liquid wax and interior wipes – for a fresh and clean look, inside and out.

keychain digital tire pressure gauge best holiday gifts

Keychain Digital Tire Pressure Gauge
Automotive enthusiasts understand the importance of proper tire pressure. Maintaining correct tire pressure extends tire life, increases fuel economy and improves safety. Because it is so crucial, accuracy in measuring air pressure in tires is equally important. This compact digital tire pressure gauge is small enough to hang from a keychain and provides accurate measurements of pressure up to 150 PSI, far greater than most analog gauges. The digital display is easy to read, removing any guesswork. This digital gauge is affordable, too, so it makes a great stocking stuffer.

NAPA Blue Fuel power bank USB best holiday gifts

NAPA Blue Fuel Portable Power Bank
Nearly as essential as the mobile phone mount in this modern age is a portable power bank like this NAPA Blue Fuel unit. It charges mobile phones and other devices on the go, and it’s small and slim enough to fit in a shirt pocket. The lightweight Lithium Ion battery provides maximum output of 4200 mAh, delivered through built-in USB and Micro USB cables. The portable power bank allows drivers to charge away from the vehicle and without taxing the vehicle’s battery.

The holidays are a festive time of year that shouldn’t have to include the stress of finding the perfect gifts for friends and family. We hope this list helps you narrow your choices or provides some inspiration for fun and exciting gift ideas. May your holiday season be both safe and joyous.

PBE Tip of the Week – Komatsu PC210LC-10 – Proper Idle Procedure


Komatsu Tier4 Interim and Tier 4 final emission after-treatment systems with a Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filter (KDPF) have a built-in feature that helps maintain an efficient emission system temperature and helps prevent excessive hydrocarbon (HC) buildup in the KDPF. When operating in cooler weather, have extended periods of idle time or working in light-road conditions, proper idle procedures can help extend KDPF life and reduce regeneration issues.

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PC210LC-10 Proper Idle Procedure



Get a Grip: The latest and greatest tires for heavy equipment

MaintenanceLeadIn the heavy construction and trucking industry tires have too often been viewed by contractors and fleet managers as a commodity, an afterthought, the cost of doing business, like diesel fuel.

But the pros in these fields know that every dime counts and, more importantly, that tires are a major operating expense. You spend more on tires than anything except fuel and wages.

What’s more, having the right tires for your applications improves safety, performance and fuel economy. Nobody puts cheap tires on a Ferrari. Why would you put them on a machine that cost you a quarter million dollars and with which you intend to move tens of million dollars in material?

Tire manufacturers have continued to come up with new designs and rubber compounds over the last few years that improve performance. Another trend is developing specialty tires that solve specific problems in niche applications. Whether you need tires to help your 4WD truck plow through the mud or a giant tire for a mining truck, here’s a look at the latest and greatest in today’s tires and tire technology.

MaintBridgestoneSteer tire helps save fuel

Goodyear recently introduced the Goodyear Fuel Max LHS, a fuel-efficient steer tire that complements the Goodyear Fuel Max LHD G505D drive tire that was introduced last year.  According to the company, the combination of the two tires can save up to $1,300 worth of fuel per truck per year compared to competitive brands.

The steel-belted Fuel Max LHS offers multi-layered tread compounding to promote even wear over long-haul applications. Penetration resistance helps prevent small stones from drilling down into the tire casing and improves the likelihood of being able to retread the tire.

MaintGoodyearFuelMaxGet your plows ready and keep them steady with radial tires

Winter is coming and Bridgestone’s V-Steel Snow Wedge All-Season (VSWAS) radial tire is designed specifically for motor graders as a year-round tire that also provides traction in snow removal, minimizing the need for chains. The casing for the VSWAS provides good retreadability, and cut-resistant rubber compounds extend service life.

Deep siping on the tread pattern minimizes the need for chains in winter and also works in soft sandy soil or gravel. Tie bars within the sipes control the movement of the tread blocks resulting in more even wear. Wide grooves and angled lugs reduce stone retention and the throwing of damaging stones. Grooves in the lug walls enhance traction in the snow by shearing multiple layers of snow below the top layer. The VSWAS is available in 17.5R25 size.

MaintBKTTelehandler tire stays steady on the ground

Tires are a huge part of the safety factor when operating telehandlers at the extended range of their capacity.  Even the smallest wiggle in the tire can translate into large movements at the end of the boom, making material placement difficult or hampering the ability of workers to do their job up high.

The BKT Lift Star is a 16 PR tubeless bias tire in the 400/75-28 size built application specific for telehandlers. The Lift Star improves stability by fitting on a bigger rim and having a shorter, stiffer sidewall. The tire’s larger footprint improves flotation and reduces ground compaction. The tread is designed from long life at high travel speeds and on paved surfaces.

MaintCooperFend off damage with ruggedized tread and sidewalls

Cuts and gashes are a big issue for trucks going off road, whether in a construction environment or the great outdoors. Cooper Tire has beefed up the sidewalls and tread on its Discoverer STT Pro line of tires with a product it calls Armor-Tec. The tires also feature mud release dimples and scoops that prevent build up and improve traction in sloppy conditions.

The Discoverer STT Pro tires feature a new silica-infused tread compound that improves wet traction in daily traffic, lowers rolling resistance and ups your fuel efficiency. Stone repelling draft angles on the tread’s groove extrude small rocks before then can migrate inward and damage the tire casing.

MaintTitanGrader tire grabs the edges

To keep the blade engaged and on target, motor graders need excellent traction and stability regardless of rocks, sand, mud or water. The tread on Titan International’s new TGS2 line of radial all-season tires for motor graders has an open shoulder design with full tread depth across the surface to provide good traction in snow, ice and mud.

Siping on the lugs give edges some bite, allowing the tire to hang tough where others might slip in challenging conditions. Additionally, a low sidewall option improves ride quality and helps reduce bounce. The TGS2 is available in standard 14.00R24, 17.5R25, 20.5R25 sizes. The low sidewall version comes in LSW 17.5R31.5 and LSW 20.5R31.5.

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Latest Research Shows Serious Labor Shortages Affecting Building Industry

Share of Remodelers Reporting Labor Shortages Climbs Even Higher
Eighty percent of remodelers reported a shortage of finished carpenters (and 41 percent said the shortage was serious), according to special questions on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey in the 3rd quarter of 2015. That’s 8 percentage points higher than NAHB remodelers were reporting just a year ago.

The RMI survey asked remodelers about availability of labor in the 12 categories recommended by Home Builders Institute (an organization established by NAHB to train construction workers and promote careers in the industry).  After finished carpenters, shortages were most widespread for rough carpenters (reported by 78 percent of remodelers) and framing crews (70 percent).

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A similar survey of single-family builders in June of 2015 showed the same three carpenter categories at the top of the shortage list, although not in the same order.  It’s probably not surprising that new home builders would be more likely than remodelers to notice a shortage of framing crews.

The 3rd quarter of 2015 marks the third time NAHB has asked remodelers about labor shortages.  The short history shows a strong increase in the incidence of shortages since 2013.  Between 2013 and 2014, the share of remodelers reporting a shortage increased in every one of the 12 trades, and in most cases the increase was large.  In 2015, the shortage percentage increased further in every trade except masonry (where it remained essentially unchanged).  In the one category where the shortage percentage increased only slightly in 2014—building maintenance managers—the percentage jumped sharply in 2015.

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So far we’ve discussed labor employed directly by remodelers. The 3rd quarter RMI survey asked separately about shortages of subcontractors.  The ranking of labor and subcontractor shortages across the 12 trades was similar, but shortages of subcontractors were even more widespread.  In the finished carpentry category, for example, 86 percent of remodelers reported a shortage of subcontractors, compared to the 80 percent for finished carpenters they employ directly.

One possible reason for the difference is that, during the downturn, laid-off construction workers started their own subcontracting businesses, and now some of the old relationships may be re-forming.  That is, owners of small businesses may now be returning to work for larger companies, slightly improving the pool of directly employed construction workers while subtracting from the number of small subcontracting firms available.

Results for all 12 categories of subcontractors are contained in the full survey report, available here.

Of course, availability of labor varies across the country. In the 3rd quarter of 2015 many, but not all, remodelers were reporting labor shortages.  Some even wrote in explicit comments stating that, in the areas where they do business, no shortage existed.

If you’re interested in strategies to address labor shortages in the remodeling industry, please join NAHB on Nov. 18 for a webinar on how to recruit and retain workers in a diverse marketplace.

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Confined Spaces Safety Training – Read why you DO need it

Safety Moment: Confined Spaces

 Lee Drake at Pine Bush Equipment offers a Confined Spaces Training Class
Safety Moment: Confined Spaces

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“When my employer said he wanted to send me on a training course so that I could work safely in confined spaces, I thought it was a bit unnecessary. Was he worried about me bumping my head or something? What an eye-opener! I never realized that there were so many dangers involved in working in a confined space, or that there had been so many terrible accidents related to confined-space work.”

One of the biggest dangers of working in a confined spaces is the lack of multiple escape routes should anything go wrong. For example, 5 workers died after a fire broke out in a confined space at a hydroelectric plant in Colorado. They were able to stay out of the flames, but they succumbed to oxygen deprivation as rescue workers struggled to gain access to the tunnel in which they had been working.

This accident also underlines the danger of fumes building up in confined spaces. In a 2014 accident at the Corona brewery, several workers died because of toxic air quality. The saddest thing about these deaths is that they could have been prevented if adequate risk assessments had been conducted and appropriate safety precautions had been taken.

What is a confined space?

OSHA defines a confined space as a space with limited entry and exit routes that has not been designed for extended human occupancy. Such spaces include pipelines, hoppers, vaults, silos, manholes, tanks and storage bins.

Permits are required for work in any space that has poor air quality, dangerous fumes, or that contains a material that can engulf a person (grain silos are a good example of this). If the space tapers down to a small space in which workers can be trapped or smothered, or contains exposed moving parts or live wires, or if a space is extremely hot, permits and special precautions are also required.

What are the risks?

  • Toxic air
  • Too little oxygen
  • Too much oxygen (ignition hazard)
  • Flammable or explosive atmosphere
  • Flowing liquids and solids
  • Falls
  • Exposed machinery or live wires
  • Heat

What precautions should be taken?

Employers need to take a lot of things into account before sending employees into a confined space. These include the following:

  • Air quality must be tested and an appropriate breathing apparatus must be supplied
  • Safety procedures applicable to the space should be determined in advance
  • Any chemicals to be used in a confined space must be assessed for possible health risks
  • Emergency rescue plans and procedures must be in place and be rehearsed
  • Appropriate PPE and tools should be supplied and employed
  • Workers entering confined spaces must have proper training
  • Time spent in confined spaces should be limited

If it as at all possible to devise a way in which maintenance can be carried out remotely, these methods should be applied.

From a worker perspective

  • Apply what you have learned in training
  • Remain alert for any hazards that have been identified
  • Use your PPE including respiratory protection and safety lines when applicable
  • Follow all safety precautions – no shortcuts
  • Know the emergency rescue procedure well and review before entering the confined area
  • Stay in touch with your outside backup crew
  • Monitor atmosphere during ‘hot work,’ such as welding
  • If at any time you begin to feel disorientated or experience physical symptoms, such as headaches, leave the space immediately


Ensure that you have qualified personnel to do the pre-entry risk assessment. OSHA supplies a pre-entry checklist for confined spaces that allows you to fill in your permit information and record factors such as the results of air-quality testing. It also allows you to record communication and rescue procedures that will be determined during your risk-assessment.

Work in confined spaces is extremely dangerous and should not be undertaken without thorough risk assessment and risk management planning. All personnel involved in confined-space work must be properly trained.

Article written by By Sonia Pearson, November 4, 2015

NAPA Know How : What Kind of Wiper Fluid is Best for My Car?


It’s time to cut through the noise and lay out, in simple terms, what windshield wiper fluid is best for your driving needs.

Don’t Use Only Water
Wet windshieldOne of the most common mistakes made when refilling your windshield wiper fluid reservoir is to pour in regular ole’ water and call it day. Sure, water might get your windshield clean in warm weather, but once the temperature drops, it’ll freeze up inside your tank and lines, potentially causing damage to your washer system and blinding you out on the highway.

Another, more insidious side effect of using water in your windshield fluid reservoir has to do with bacteria. Over the course of a hot summer, even the purest water can breed microbes, such as the legionella bacteria that cause Legionnaire’s disease, and make you sick when you activate your washers and spray the toxic mixture into the air. It’s a common issue for professional drivers who try to save cash by sticking with water, but don’t let it happen to you. Make sure to use a fluid mixture that contains at least a small amount of alcohol to prevent breeding disease inside your engine bay.

Winter Is The Enemy

Back to the part about windshield washer fluid freezing up in cold weather. If you live in a harsh winter climate, you’ll want to make sure that you use a windshield washer fluid that contains the appropriate mixture of antifreeze for the temperatures you will be facing. Most windshield washer fluids will post the temperature they can be safely used at right on the bottle, and all you have to do is match the fluid to the average low in your neck of the woods and you’ll be all set. Keep in mind that some might require you to thin them out with water, while others will be pre-mixed for your climate.

Consider Concentrate

If you don’t want to lug around a jug of washer fluid with you in your trunk, you might want to pick up a concentrated washer product that you can mix with water and create your own cleaning solution. Mixing one of these commercially-available concentrates with water will kill bacteria as well as provide you with a few solvents to help better clean your windshield glass. Once again, you’ll need to make sure you match any concentrate with the temperatures you’ll be driving through in the winter months to avoid any risk of freezing up your washer system.

We can help you, stop in and chat with a knowledgeable expert at PBE Auto Parts.

Windshield Wiper Fluid: What Kind Do You Need and Why?

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Introducing the Kubota RTV-X1140 “K-Vertible”

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Kubota Revolutionizes Comfort and Cargo with the New RTV-X1140
‘K-Vertible’ Four-Passenger Diesel Utility Vehicle
Kubota Introduces at GIE+Expo its New Four-Seater, Cargo Conversion 4WD Utility Vehicle;
PTO K-Connect Debuts for the RTV-X1100C, Making it the Ultimate Snow Removal Machine
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Kubota introduces the RTV-X1140, featuring the innovative K-Vertible cargo conversion system, which transforms the vehicle from two passengers and a large cargo bed to four passengers and a cargo bed.
Louisville, KY. – (October 22, 2015) – From the floor of GIE+Expo, Kubota Tractor Corporation today introduced a new addition to its popular RTV-X Series line. The new RTV-X1140, featuring an innovative Kubota K-Vertible cargo conversion system, transforms the vehicle with minimal effort and time from two passengers and a large cargo bed to four passengers and a cargo bed. Kubota is the top-selling diesel utility vehicle in North America, 10 years running, according to Power Products Marketing, North American Utility Vehicle Report, and the company continues to set the standard for ruggedness and reliability.
“The RTV-X1140 has a unique ROPS design that makes it easy to convert from crew to cargo,” said Eric Goins, Kubota RTV product manager. “With the RTV-X1140, Kubota offers industry-leading cargo capacity and comfortable seating for four adults in three simple steps – when you need to move your crew, swing in the cargo bed sides, fold the bed up, and flip down the rear seat – conversion is quickly and easily performed by just one person.”
The new five-point ROPS design increases RTV-X1140’s legendary workhorse characteristics allowing for more cargo volume and side loading. The RTV-X1140 also comes standard with hydraulic dump bed with 19.1 cubic feet/9.9 cubic feet capacity, two-seat and four-seat configuration, respectively.
Power When and Where Needed
The RTV-X1140 delivers a powerful 24.8 horsepower Kubota liquid-cooled diesel engine, work-proven for dependable performance even in the harshest terrains. With convenient tilt steering and simple inline shifting, the RTV-X1140 has a Variable Hydraulic Transmission that offers wide torque band and large oil cooler that boost performance and durability. Front and rear independent suspension on all four wheels ensures a truly exceptional ride enhancing drivability and handling in most off-road conditions. And Kubota raised the bar on ground clearance with the new RTV-X1140, offering a full 10.8 inches of suspension travel with the ability to glide over bumps and rugged terrain.
A New Level of Driving Comfort
The RTV-X1140 offers a variety of standard and optional features to enhance productivity and operator comfort. Options include alloy wheels and a factory-installed bed liner to protect the cargo bed from dirt and damage. Driving comfort comes standard with an ergonomically-designed, split-bench style seat designed to provide hours of smooth riding. With sophisticated technology and easy-to-operate features, the RTV-X1140 offers a digital meter cluster with bright, easy-to-read indicators to keep the operator informed of critical driving conditions, including speed, hours, and miles traveled. Secure lockable storage is king with a large glove box on the passenger side and under-seat storage compartments beneath the split-bench seats to provide convenient storage space for tools, tie-downs, and personal items.
The RTV-X1140 debuted at GIE+Expo and will start shipping in November to Kubota dealers nationwide.
Kubota Introduces PTO K-Connect for the RTV-X1100C
Also introduced at GIE+Expo is Kubota’s new front 4-point PTO K-Connect for the RTV-X1100C, giving it the ability to transform into the ultimate snow removal machine, with four new snow attachments: a 66 in. Snowblower, a 66 in. Rotary Broom, a 78 in. V-Plow, and 78 in. Straight Blade.
  • The Snowblower is a 66 in.-wide, two-stage commercial snowblower that throws snow farther than the competition and with less dispersion and more precision for professional grade snowblowing.
  • The PTO-driven Rotary Broom Sweeper is 66 in. wide and loaded with 34 water brushes that turn at more than 240 RPM, designed for even wear of the bristles and with floating wheel placement to follow ground contour and avoid obstructions.
  • Kubota’s V-Plow is designed for heavy-duty snow applications offering 78 in.-wide blade to accommodate the width of the RTV-X1100C when fully angled at 30 degrees.
  • The Straight Blade offers new curvature to better roll the snow, also at 78 in.-wide, the blade can operate in float or down pressure for superior, reliable performance.
With K-Connect, these new implements connect in seconds without tools and can be removed easily for seasonal storage. The PTO is gear-box driven for durability, less maintenance and quieter operation. The control handle and PTO switch offer simple and intuitive control for all implements. The control handle is designed for left or right hand operation, with a blue LED indicator that confirms the floating action of the hitch for immediate use. The PTO switch is ergonomically-located and easily-reachable for double action intuitive control, similar to tractor functionality.

NAPA Know How Blog – Considering an Electric Vehicle? What You Need to Know

Electric Car Anxieties: How to Overcome Your Apprehension

 After purchasing an electric vehicle (EV), you’ll never have to visit another gas station. You’ll be doing your part to lower your overall impact on the environment by reducing emissions, among a wide variety of other benefits; however, there are certain inherent challenges that need to be addressed. Here are some common electric car anxieties, and how you can overcome each one.

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Range Worries

One of the most common barriers to owning an electric vehicle stems from how far it can travel safely. You may be concerned that an electric car may not be able to travel far enough on a single charge. Vehicle range estimates are substantiated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but they vary depending on weather conditions and usage habits. Range is also directly correlated to a vehicle’s battery size. For example, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV has just 62 miles of total range. On the other hand, the Tesla Model S P85D edition has a range of up to 253 miles, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To determine which vehicle is best suited for your lifestyle, you should calculate how far you typically travel. A commuter may only need to travel 62 miles in a single day, whereas a road tripper might require the 250 or so miles afforded by a higher-end battery.

Recharge Time Anxiety

Electric vehicles can take hours to recharge, and connecting to a standard 110-volt outlet in the evening may not leave you with a fully recharged vehicle in the morning. A Nissan Leaf can take up to 20 hours to fully recharge using a standard outlet. Electric car owners can solve this problem by investing in a 240-volt charging system. Such a system, when used by the Leaf, reduces charge times to no more than eight hours.

Charging Station Stress

Beyond how long it takes to do so, the ability to charge on the road is a crucial consideration for electric car owners. Public charging stations, however, are not always as easily found as gas service stations. To address this problem, apps have been developed to help EV owners find charging stations and plan their trips. For example, the PlugShare App directs drivers to nearby stations, including residential chargers shared by members and public stations. Charging is occasionally free, but usually involves a token fee. Apps will also direct EV owners to high-power stations where standard electric vehicles can be charged in under 30 minutes.

Expense Concerns

Among electric car anxieties, one of the most restrictive has to do with the cost of the vehicle itself. A comparable gasoline model may cost thousands of dollars less than an EV. Furthermore, owners may wonder if they will ever recoup their investment. Fortunately, there are federal and some state tax credits and other incentives to bridge the expenditure gap. On the federal level, EV owners may be eligible for an income tax credit of up to $7,500 based on the battery’s capacity.

For certain people, electric car concerns are not easily overcome. Their driving styles or finances simply do not allow for electric vehicle ownership. The happy news is that future models will cost less and have longer ranges, eventually extending EV ownership to more people.

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