Not all fleets are convinced of the benefits of air disc brakes. But suppliers maintain there is a growing acceptance of them for heavy-duty trucks, driven by an increase in the deployment of active safety technology, such as collision mitigation and avoidance systems.
Fleets’ perspectives run the gamut from, “We love them,” as stated by David Stevenson, president of Gilmer, Texas-based Custom Commodities Transport, to “We have not extensively looked [into air disc brakes]” in the case of Dan Deppeler, vice president of maintenance at Paper Transport Inc. The company wants to see better economics first, he said, noting the upfront cost for ADBs is significant.
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