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In this Shop Class instalment, we replace the cab suspension on this 2007 Freightliner Century.

Replacing worn truck cab suspension

Installing new under-cab air bags to avoid an on-road failure

More than a few retired highway tractors find second lives pulling grain trailers on farms. While they may have logged a lot of miles, these trucks are still ideal for short-haul farm duty. But with age comes the need for maintenance. One of the most common maintenance items on today’s older highway tractors is the […] Read more



Poor installation of high amperage, unprotected cables running through a jagged metal opening on this truck could have resulted in a major fire.

Inspect newly purchased machines thoroughly

Poor-quality work put this “new-to-us” truck at serious risk of fire

When a used, new-to-you vehicle or machine arrives on the farm, it’s worth putting on your coveralls and giving it another more thorough inspection than it likely received at the auction sale or dealer’s lot when it was purchased. Doing exactly that saved this heavy truck from what would have been an inevitable fire. And […] Read more



The Nextroad commercial truck tire line debuts in Canada this year.

New truck tire brand hits the market

Nextroad brand jumps into the Canadian marketplace

Prometeon Tyre Group, the parent company of the well-known Pirelli tire brand, is introducing another name to the U.S. and Canadian markets: the Nextroad range of heavy truck tires. As an initial offering, Nextroad will produce 295/75R22.5 and 11R22.5 tire sizes. Beginning in the first quarter of 2020 it will add 11R24.5 to its portfolio. […] Read more

GM has built its Sierra HD series truck bigger for the 2020 model year, with a longer wheelbase their both longer and taller and heavier duty.

GMC Sierra HD truck gets trailer-towing updates

GM adds the ability for drivers to “see through” the trailer they’re towing behind

GM thinks size matters — at least when it comes to trucks. The company’s press release announcing the updated design for its 2020 Sierra HD pickup line puts it this way, “The 2020 Sierra HD has a commanding, powerful design rooted in a new architecture with larger proportions.” It’s hard to argue that truck guys […] Read more


The Jeep Gladiator pickup will hit dealer lots as a 2020 model.

PHOTOS: Jeep gets back into trucks

Jeep Gladiator pickup debuts for 2020 model year, bringing Jeep back into the small truck segment

FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) chose the Los Angeles Auto Show in November as the venue to debut its latest foray into the pickup truck market, pulling the curtain back on the all-new Jeep Gladiator. With 3,469 kilograms (7,650 pounds) of towing capacity and 725 kilograms (1,600 pounds) of payload, it’s going to be a player […] Read more

An ordinary air line fitted with a glad hand at one end can connect to the emergency/supply line of a truck equipped


Air line uses truck compressor

A glad hand connector on an air hose brings compressed air to the field

Having a source of compressed air in the field can be a pretty handy tool. But carting around a shop air compressor isn’t exactly easy, unless you have one permanently mounted in a service truck. For many farms, however, there is almost always an air compressor in the field. During seeding, spraying and harvest, the […] Read more


We test-drove this 2018 Freightliner Cascadia to get a feel for what a new truck tractor offers in comfort and conveniences.

Evaluating used heavy trucks: Part 4

Is it worth the money to make the jump to a brand new truck?

In the first three parts of this series we looked at what’s available in the used truck market, and we used three specific trucks to demonstrate what your buying power gets you in the low, mid, and higher price ranges. The low-end truck had a price tag of just under $20,000, while the upper-end model […] Read more