Driver attempts new World Record

Monster Truck Driver Tom Meents has successfully flipped his 10,500 pound monster truck to land on its wheels, after an extra roll.   The flip was not approved by the Guinness World Record authorities as the truck did not land on its wheels after it’s initial flip.

Meents will attempt to perform a double back flip next weekend at Gillette Stadium and the Monster Truck Jam will make an appearance in San Antonio in January.  Get your tickets now!


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Save Money by Maintaining Your Digger Derrick!

It is very disappointing when a business encounters any type of digger derrick problems, especially if there is a rush to timely finish a job. This can be avoided if regularly schedule preventive maintenance is set up with a scheduled program. Proper inspections and early repairs can help avert this kind of scenario. Regular upkeep could lessen equipment down time, reduce wear-and-tear, detect potential mechanical problems, prevent unnecessary failures that affect productivity, and decrease repair costs, eventually saving both time and money for a business.

Preventive Maintenance

Many years ago, digger derrick trucks were simple machines, inexpensive to purchase and easy to repair. The rapid technological advances in commercial vehicles have made them more complex and more expensive, requiring more attention in terms of proper care. An adequate preventive maintenance program can optimize the use of the vehicle and enhance its potential to take the productivity of a company to an increased level. Included below are some of the benefits of such a program:

  • Strengthen Profits – Increased profit generation
  • Eliminate Failures – Curtailed and eliminated machine failures
  • Improve Operation – Enhanced performance of the equipment
  • Decrease Repairs – Reduced need for repairs
  • Lower Overtime – Decreased overtime to cover the production losses due to a truck’s down time
  • Step-up Safety – Increased safety
  • Advance Quality – Improved machine quality
  • Reduce Up-keep Costs – Decreased overall maintenance costs

Maintenance Compliance

Periodic maintenance is usually done to decrease machine failure and reduce long-term equipment costs. These expenses may include: interrupted work schedules; idled workers; loss of productive output; and damaged equipment. Any interruptions due to the breakdown of these vehicles may significantly affect productivity levels. Therefore, it is wise for a company to institute a scheduled preventive maintenance program.

General Inspection

Inspecting the engine regularly can ensure that it is working properly. The engine usually determines the overall mechanical status of the trucks since the engine is considered to be the heart of the vehicle. It is also imperative to check the transmission, brakes, oil, tires, hydraulic hoses, boom arm, engine fluid, coolants, and suspension unit of the device regularly.

To manage safety and decrease expenses incurred because of necessary repairs, it is important to have an expert mechanic inspect the vehicles as certain parts cannot be diagnosed just by looking at them. Having the assistance of a qualified mechanic who can diagnose and inspect the components of the vehicle will help to ensure that all systems are functional.

D.O.T. Requirements

These trucks should always conform to the maintenance requirements of the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.), of which there are two: roadside and annual. Compliance with these requirements will help to safeguard the equipment, the driver, and the owning company’s reputation as well as help in the management of overall business operating costs.

When a digger derrick encounters mechanical problems, it is necessary that it be promptly checked and any necessary repairs performed. By taking care of small issues immediately, future breakdowns may be prevented and repair costs can be minimized. Accordingly, regular maintenance and early detection of any mechanical deterioration is very important. By simply initiating a scheduled upkeep program with the help of a knowledgeable mechanic, time, energy and money can indeed be saved!

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Custom Bumpers for Trucks

The growing population is leading to more road accidents and truck damage. A custom bumper for your truck will help minimize front end damage to your truck and protect your life and your families. What is a custom bumper? It is an aftermarket bumper that replaces your stock, chrome bumper. Stock bumpers are made to absorb impact and sensor your airbags to go off in an accident. This leads to the front end of your Truck to collapse, crushing your radiator and in worst cases your entire engine.

With a custom bumper installed your truck becomes a moving tank. Aftermarket bumpers are mounted to your frame, adding additional support to the bumper. Unlike stock bumpers, custom bumpers are made of solid steel. Typically welded both inside and out for added strength. Therefore, instead of absorbing impact, they push through the impact. Leaving your truck radiator and engine intact. Most importantly, your cab becomes much safer in the even on a front end collision.

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to protect ourselves from other drivers and wildlife. However, life is unpredictable. There have been testimonials from customers with Ranch Hand bumpers showing the damage done to vehicles after hitting deer at high speeds. Although unfortunate to the animal, the custom bumper had virtually no damage and zero damage to the truck. If the Ranch Hand bumper had not been installed, the truck would have been totaled and the driver in the hospital.

There are many different types of custom bumpers that are available. Typically, there are three different versions including a base model, a full grille guard model and a pre runner model. The base model custom bumper looks much like a stock bumper but is much stronger like stated above. If you want a stronger truck and a mean look without adding a complete grille guard the base is the way to go. The pre runner model is similar to the base bumper but has a bullnose bar that sticks out. The pre runner bumper is great for adding additional lighting to your ride. The most protection comes from the full grille guard custom bumper. This bumper incorporates the base bumper and complete grille and headlight protection. Plus, like the pre runner model you can add auxiliary lights.

If you are really into customizing your truck, you may want to paint your bumper to match your factory paint. Most come with either a base unpainted finish or a strong black powder coat finish. A powder coat finish gives the bumper a rugged, mean look and ditches that stock chrome look. Work trucks, off-roading machines, daily driver trucks and custom trucks can all benefit from a well built front end. Obviously, a well built front end starts with a strong bumper.

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