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<p>Pinellas County Schools of Largo, Florida, participated in the Pinellas Park Christmas Parade this year. Photo by Meredith Bray</p> PHOTOS: Buses, drivers get festive for holidays

The holidays are here, and transportation departments are getting into the spirit of the season....

<p>Wigo; Grace Eves, the district's director of management services (who oversees the transportation department); and Hanna pose with one of the new CNG buses.</p> PHOTOS: Pennsylvania district launches CNG buses

Rose Tree Media held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new fleet of 23 compressed natural gas...

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School bus driver’s Christmas poem shares safety message

With winter weather putting some school buses behind schedule, Laura Dean composed a poem that she describes as “a positive method to inform parents to have more patience.”

2014’s most commented-on posts

Check out which blog topics this year sparked the most debate and fueled spirited discussions in our comments section for some time afterward, as well as comment highlights.

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Alternator

K.E.I. Products manufactures J-180 and pad-mount alternators specifically designed for high output, company officials said.

The lineup includes 200; 250; 290; 340; 350; 375; 400; and 435 amp 14-volt models, internally or externally regulated.

K.E.I. stators are hand wound at its production plant. To eliminate stator failure, the supplier said it uses 11-gauge and dual 12-gauge wire. K.E.I. rotors are also designed to be balanced for increased bearing life.

Additionally, K.E.I. uses NTN bearings with large cartridge, high-temperature Kyodo-Yushi grease and double seals to help contribute to long bearing life, company officials said.

Vehicle lift

The MOD35 modular heavy-duty in-ground lift series’ features that are designed to fight corrosion include nitriding, electrocoating and zinc/aluminum coating. The nitriding heat treatment process creates a hardened surface that is hard to scratch so rust can’t get underneath it, according to Rotary Lift. The MOD35 frame is also electrocoated; paint is electrically bonded into every nook and cranny for a long-lasting finish, company officials said. Additionally, all fasteners are treated with a duplex coating system that prevents rust and seized bolts.

Pliers

IPA's 14-inch Large MANTUS tight access tool features a slim, low-profile design that surpasses the reach of the industry's longest available needle nose pliers, company officials said. Unlike traditional pliers, the handles are designed to flex as pressure is applied to ensure a strong and consistent grip on the object being retrieved. At the end of the tool's reach, the Large MANTUS features 30 interlocking teeth that are designed to grab a variety of objects, including fuses, wires, hoses, gaskets, O-rings, hardware and more.

School bus wiper blade guide

Wiper blade supplier Trico Products Corp.’s 2014/2015 Heavy Duty Application Guide is organized by product line, vehicle year, make and model. It provides details on all Trico wiper blade products applicable to school and transit buses, Class A and C recreational vehicles, and heavy trucks, company officials said. The 92-page compilation includes information on all wiper blade, refill, washer pump and wiper arm options, including the new 36-inch and 40-inch heavy duty wiper blades and the new 32-inch beam blade.

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