Joined: Jan 2016
Wednesday January 20, 2016 09:25
I'm glad I got your attention and response, having read tons of conversations on this site, I respect your opinion. I bought 2 Fitz 379's. They are beautiful.......but wont pull a hair out of a cats ass. It is true, 7-8 mpg is realistic with those trucks pulling flatbeds or vans not loaded max. My average mpg is hanging around 4.6 pulling the weight we haul. Virginia recently passed a Forestry overweight permit allowing us to legally load to #90000. Previously, at #80000, the fuel mileage was consistently 5.1. We pull only closed top and open top chipper vans, and try to maintain an average of 30 tons net payload. We run all our products from the southside piedmont area West into the Mountains, and come back down empty. I have a pretty unique situation with the guys driving these trucks because they've worked with me for 10 years and more and both of them are like family to me. I allow them to work essentially work for themselves, treat the truck as it were their own and maintain it as such. I am truly blessed to have great help, and have confidence in them to care for my equipment better than I might myself.
As far as the piston oiler holes, I read in a previous conversation between Loweredd and Grampa that the holes are accessable by simply pulling the oil pan and removing the plugs. I am not sure if anything else is required to take advantage of the benefit of using them, but if it is that simple, it seems like a no-brainer to me. Being a sawmill man, and not truly a trucker nor engine mechanic, I'm not sure what else may be involved in using those oiler holes. But I cant imagine any circumstance they would not benefit the motor.
I operate 4 trucks total, and roughly 40 trailers. A trailer heavy ratio, I know, but it boils down to turn around times for delivery, return, drop and hook, and do it again. The fact that the turn around times are longer due to the trucks lack of power, the drivers get the short end of the stick and work longer days to make the same money. My men are paid by the load. It may not seem like that big a deal, but these guys have 159K and 168K on trucks I bought in October 2015. They ride.
The trucks they were previously driving were CornPicker 9900's with 6nz. Bully Dog and FASS and 3.90 rears on 13 speed trans had them crowing from the top of the roost pole at the top of the mountain. Both of those Cats had full inframes at least once over their 1.6 million mile lives, and I needed to replace them with new equipment because they were beginning to nickel and dime me. I was NOT interested in new motors DEF, and gliders made the most sense to for me. I still have a 2000 FLD120 with a 12.7 that's closing in on 2 million miles and I've done little more to the motor than change the oil and filters. A few boots here and there and radiator work sure, but the motor is virtually untouched. It manages 6 miles to the gallon and honestly scalds the new gliders up the hills with a 9 speed and 3.73.
I am not trying to break the bank, or build a King of the Hill truck in these gliders. I am trying to get them as powerful and reliable as my past experiences with Detroit. And get the guys home a little quicker too.
Any advice you have is greatly appreciated.
_____TIRED OF CAT INFRAMES_____
OLD 60 STILL SLOBERIN' 1.9MILLION