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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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Bold new things in store for the new year

From the new event that we're launching with NAPT, School Bus Xchange, to a couple of key changes on the School Bus Fleet team, exciting things are happening here. One new development at SBF is that, after nearly 34 years with the magazine, I’m ...

6 key reasons that school bus drivers quit

Here, a veteran school bus driver presents a list of common concerns among his colleagues, from uncompetitive pay to a lack of support from upper management.


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Battery recovery charger

The SC-6, a six-station HD recovery charger, is designed to recover, charge, maintain and desulfate from one to six 12-volt lead-acid batteries at a time. The compact and portable charger, designed primarily for managers of small fleets and commercial shops, was created to work with any 12-volt battery type. Each of the six charging stations operates in isolation, allowing any combination of battery brands or types to be recharged simultaneously, company officials said. The independent channels also profile the condition of each battery.

Diesel engine motor oil

Chevron Products Co.’s new heavy duty Ursa Super Plus EC SAE 10W-30 motor oil is designed to help improve fuel economy in heavy duty diesel vehicles now using SAE 15W-40 engine oil, according to Chevron. The motor oil also protects engine components against wear and corrosion, and is a complementary product to Chevron’s Delo 400 XLE SynBlend SAE 10W-30. Ursa Super Plus EC SAE 10W-30 is specifically formulated for 2010 compliant low-emission diesel engines with selective catalytic reduction, diesel particulate filters and exhaust gas recirculation.

Wheel service lift

The LoRiser1 wheel service lift is designed to make wheel removal for tire and brake work on heavy duty vehicles fast, easy and safe, company officials said. A metal containment vault housing the lift component is flush mounted in the floor of the wheel service bay. Vehicle wheels are lifted clear of the floor using flip-up, axle-engaging adapters suitable for either front or rear axles, according to the company.


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.

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