Equipment Roundup: Test Drive: 2020 Ford Super Duty; GMC teases electric Hummer revival; Mack returns to medium-duty trucks; Liebherr intros 42 M5 XXT concrete pump; Modern trucks giving rise to AGM batteries

Modern truck demands giving rise to AGM batteries

Tasked with supporting everything from starting the engine to powering auxiliary devices, batteries are a critical and heavily stressed part of a truck.

With more demands being placed on the electrical system through added sensors, cameras and collision mitigation radar, more companies are seeing the advantage of absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries and the overall trade-off with their price and longevity, said Jeff Barron, research lab manager for Interstate Batteries.


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Liebherr 42 M5 XXT concrete pump features Powerbloc drive that can be replaced in 2.5 hours

The new Liebherr 42 M5 XXT truck-mounted concrete pump debuts the company’s Powerbloc drive unit, which it says combines the best features of open and closed hydraulic systems. Liebherr unveiled the pump at the World of Concrete this week in Las Vegas.

Liebherr explains the Powerbloc drive unit this way: most concrete pumps use alternating pistons that drive cups to move concrete through a boom. The pistons, in turn, are connected to hydraulic cylinders that are powered with high pressure oil, which provides the energy to pump concrete.


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Mack unveils MD6 and MD7 in return to medium duty trucks

Mack’s new medium duty entries – the Class 6 MD6 and Class 7 MD7 – unlocks new over the road segments for the truck maker.

The Mack MD6 has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 25,995 pounds, and the MD7 model has a GVWR of 33,000 pounds. Both are exempt from the 12% Federal Excise Tax (FET).


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GMC Teases Electric Hummer: Pickup with monster specs will be unveiled later this year

GMC will be reintroducing its iconic Hummer as an electric pickup.

During the recent Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, GMC ran an ad teasing a new, electrified version of the Hummer and a full unveiling slated for May 20.


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Test Drive: 2020 Ford Super Duty lineup delivers power and more power

Hard work just got a little easier thanks to Ford’s new powertrain line-up for model year 2020.

Ford’s new 7.3-liter V8 gas engine and its new third generation 6.7-liter Powerstroke are not only exciting to drive, they’re delivering best-in-class capabilities across several vehicle classes.

But what’s power without grace? Enter Ford’s all-new heavy-duty 10-speed TorqShift transmission available in 2020 F-250 Super Duty all the way through the new F-600 chassis cab. At the same size as the TorqShift 6-speed and only four pounds more, the new electronically controlled 10-speed offers selectable drive modes and a live drive power takeoff provision with a best-in-class 300 lb.-ft. torque with diesel.


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