The expense associated with 2010 emissions compliance compounded with current economic conditions may have you scratching your head when it comes time to turn over your truck fleet. In this climate, many contractors have given serious consideration to the used truck market. But there is a viable option to either new or used — remanufactured.
“The use of remanufactured components can cost-effectively extend the life of a truck,” says Paul Duplessis, marketing manager, Detroit Diesel Genuine Parts, Daimler Trucks North America. “Remanufactured parts minimize the total cost of ownership for the end user, including minimizing repair time.”
“Typically, remanufactured engines and components can offer a substantial cost advantage vs. new while offering performance and reliability on par with new components,” says Shawn Zwicker, ReCon new business development leader, Cummins. “In most cases, remanufactured engines or components can make sense for any contractor to extend the overall life of the vehicle. The vehicle and chassis can generally be updated or repaired, if need be, in order to live the new life that remanufactured engines or components can bring.”
Jeff Irr, remanufactured marketing development manager for Mack Trucks, believes remanufactured components make sense in almost every repair. “Mack remanufactured parts are as good as new, while offering the customers a money-saving alternative,” he states. “Generally speaking, remanufactured parts are between 30% to 50% less costly than new.”
So before repair or replacement, evaluate your current trucks to determine if remanufacturing is an option. “We recommend that the customer consider a host of factors,” says Irr, “including the value of his or her truck, the job it performs and the cost of a new truck vs. renewing a current truck with remanufactured product.”
As good, or better, than new
“Since any product improvements that have occurred since original production are included in the remanufacturing process, these components can not only extend the life of the truck, but in some cases actually improve power and durability,” says Irr.
Plus, they come backed by warranties, parts availability and service. “In addition to the obvious cost advantage, other advantages include the ability to get parts from the original factory at attractive prices with factory warranty and support,” says Zwicker. “Cummins ReCon components come with a full warranty comparable to what is offered for new components.”
Mack offers a variety of REMACK remanufactured components, including engines, carriers and transmissions, as well as various engine components and accessories. “All of our components are remanufactured to original specifications and are supported by Mack dealers across North America,” says Irr.
The same warranty available on new product is provided on most of the remanufactured items. “Studies show that the failure rate of parts remanufactured to our exacting standards is at least the same as that of a new part,” Irr explains.
Manufacturers are able to offer warranties and services comparable to new due to the stringent steps followed during the remanufacturing process.
For example, Detroit Diesel’s Reliabilt remanufactured engine components incorporate the latest critical design improvements, are returned to the latest “blueprint specifications” and then tested to OEM standards. “All Reliabilt parts are qualified to meet strict OEM specifications or are replaced with 100% genuine Detroit Diesel parts,” says Duplessis. “The Reliabilt manufacturing process restores these components to the original equipment performance, reliability and durability specifications.
“The ‘Metal-On’ Reliabilt manufacturing process creates a finished product that is assembled with the same specifications as a new part,” he continues. Each remanufactured engine is dynamometer tested to verify it meets original factory-specified performance parameters. “This stringent validation process and test specifications are not available to any other remanufacturer or rebuilder. Reliabilt products are backed by a comprehensive national warranty at authorized service locations.”