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December 2017 December 2017 Rig of the Month A 2011 Peterbilt Model 348 Technical Rescue Vehicle. This urban search and rescue vehicle is equipped to handle emergencies such as a building or trench collapse, plus rope, confined space and vehicle rescues. A Pierce Rescue Body is installed on a Peterbilt heavy-duty truck chassis. The truck features a 350 hp Cummins ISC Engine and an Allison Automatic Transmission. View a 2.5-minute movie as Fire Capt. Det Bondt describes the rescue equipment on YouTube.
November 2017 November 2017 Rig of the Month This Peterbilt 2017 Model 579 is a specialized food-grade carrier that uses stainless-steel tankers pulled by Peterbilt aerodynamic highway tractors. These Model 579 aerodynamics feature a Paccar MX-13 multi-torque engine and 10-speed Eaton Smart Advantage transmission to maximize fuel mileage – averaging in the upper 6 mpg (including PTO pumping time when making deliveries.) Drivers haul bulk liquids including soybean oil, honey, grape juice and even chocolate throughout the region, U.S. 48 states and Canada.
October 2017 October 2017 Rig of the Month This 2016 Model 337 van is one of 35 medium-duty trucks used as moving vans by the locally-owned company serving the Omaha and Lincoln area, along with Albuquerque, N.M. The truck is powered by a 240 HP Paccar engine and an Allison automatic transmission. A CDL license is not needed to drive this lightweight truck with a 26-foot-long box. The fuel-efficient vehicle delivers around 9 miles per gallon moving households and businesses locally and nationwide.
September 2017 September 2017 Rig of the Month This fire truck was built on a medium-duty Peterbilt chassis Model 337, a perfect fit for a small Iowa community fire department. The truck features a 350-horsepower PX9 engine and Allison automatic transmission. The custom body, equipped with storage lockers that contain rescue and firefighting equipment was manufactured by Toyne, Inc. a fire-apparatus manufacturer in Breda, Iowa. For fighting fires, the truck features a 3500-gallon holding tank and water cannon. View the fire truck making a run and additional photos on our videos page
August 2017 August 2017 Rig of the Month This 2009 Peterbilt Model 386 was recently given a new career, towing a 200-mile-per-hour hydroplane racing boat. The first task in the conversion was adding 6.5 feet to the chassis to accommodate the 24-foot box. This box carries the propeller, tool and spare parts needed by the racing team. Following behind on the trailer is the 30-foot unlimited hydroplane racer mph. The boat is powered by a 3000-hp helicopter engine with speeds up to 200-mph. See a 1-minute video for additional views of this rig.
July 2017 July 2017 Rig of the Month This action shot shows a 2016 Peterbilt Model 365 feeding a load of concrete to a concrete pump, built onto a separate truck. The long boom of the concrete pump distributes the concrete where needed as a Norwalk Ready Mixed Concrete crew pours the foundation for a new home in a new suburban development around Des Moines. The Peterbilt truck is equipped with a 380 HP Paccar MX engine, an Allison Automatic Transmission for easy driving and a pusher axle to handle the heavy load.
June 2017 June 2017 Rig of the Month A 2016 Peterbilt Model 337 Tool Truck. Freudenburg Tools, Inc., uses this medium-duty Pete with a 24-foot box as their rolling tool and equipment store. The tool truck is powered by a 300 HP Paccar PX-7 engine and Allison automatic (2500HS) transmission, while the interior is a conversion by Herr Display Vans.
May 2017 May 2017 Rig of the Month 11 AXLES… A 2016 Peterbilt Model 389 heavy haul is used to transport oversized construction equipment to building sites in the region. Equipped with a powerful Cummins 600 horsepower engine, this Bridgeport Materials daycab is seen pulling an extra-long trailer away from a construction site after dropping off a piece of equipment. The comfortable extended daycab provides extra legroom for the driver. Footage of this 11-axle rig in motion can be viewed on the 2017 Calendar Trucks Video.
April 2017 April 2017 Rig of the Month SSC Transport's "green glider". A rebuilt Caterpillar diesel engine was installed into this 2016 Peterbilt Model 389 by Peterbilt of Sioux City technicians, and the Sioux City Body Shop did the paint and customizing.
March 2017 March 2017 Rig of the Month A 2016 Model 367 grapple truck. The vocational truck features a hydraulic grappling arm and 20-foot steel dump body with custom paint. The driver climbs onto the saddle to operate the grapple for livestock carcass recovery. Sioux Valley Rendering, of Rock Valley, Iowa, operates a small fleet of grapple trucks serving northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota.
February 2017 February 2017 Rig of the Month A cool black 2017 Peterbilt Model 389 with a 80 inch standup sleeper. Beaver Creek Enterprises, Columbus, NE, uses this truck to pull a dry bulk blower trailer. When delivered, the fine powder products in the four compartments are blown out the bottom through piping to the recipient storage facility.
January 2017 January 2017 Rig of the Month A 2017 Peterbilt Model 337 fertilizer-distribution truck. These medium-duty trucks are used to shuttle fertilizer from inventory at Petersburg and Albion, Neb., to the farmers’ application equipment in the field. The truck uses a fluid-powered auger driven by the truck’s PTO pump to dispense the chemical mix into the customer’s spreader. This truck has a 300 HP PX-7 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission.