To do real work takes a real truck. And that's exactly what the mighty 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty gives you. Its beefy frame and heavy-duty suspension let the vehicle haul 6,120-lb payloads — or tow loads up to 24,5000 lb in fifth-wheel setups. Underneath, a sturdy backbone comes from a hydroformed front-end cage that attaches to a rear C-channel frame. Rear leaf springs are 8-in longer than previous models for more torsional stiffness. We put our tester through its paces by loading an old 3,400-lb Honda onto a trailer and towing it 50 miles to a repair garage. What wowed us most: the Trailer Brake Controller (TBC), which Ford says is the first to come factory installed and fully integrated in a full-size pickup. (You don't have to buy and install a separate box.) Basically, the TBC uses electronics to sense how quickly the tow vehicle is slowing, and applies voltage to the trailer brakes based on this data. The brakes are electromagnetically controlled, so hitting the pedal hard gives them more stopping power while a softer touch gives them less. The TBC provides exceptionally smooth stopping. In fact, it was so smooth, we often forgot that we were towing a vehicle. Also useful while towing are the big side mirrors that fold in and out. The bottom mirrors are convex, giving a great view for backing up a trailer. You can even see the knobs on the rear passenger doors. Our tester came with a 6.4-liter V8 diesel, an option that adds about $7,000 to the vehicle price. The diesel is much improved from engines of yore and emits no black smoke or noxious odors. It gives a quiet, strong, and smooth ride, especially for a 1-ton suspension. Particulate emissions are said to be equivalent to those of gasoline
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Tugs, Tow Tractors, and Pushers
Tugs, tow tractors and pushers are used to move rolling items. They are wheeled, self-propelled, and capable of moving heavy loads.
Electric brakes are assemblies consisting of electrical elements for the slowing or stopping of shafts in equipment drives. Electrical power is required to activate the brake.
Truck bodies are assemblies that attach to a truck chassis for tasks such as towing, dumping, or product storage and delivery. Truck body suppliers do not manufacture the vehicle itself. Rather, they build a task-specific assembly that attaches to the chassis of the vehicle.
Boom lifts have an articulating arm or telescopic extension for lifting materials or personnel.
Mechanical brakes are assemblies consisting of mechanical elements for the slowing or stopping of shafts in equipment drives. Mechanical power is required to activate the brake.
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