Fleet picks Webb Wheel brake drums for replacement cycle

Webb Wheel’s Webb Vortex Unlimited brake drums have been chosen by one of the nation’s largest privately owned truckload carriers for their fleet of 8,000 over-the road tractors and 22,000 trailers when replacement drums are required.

U.S. Xpress says it will spec the Webb Vortex Unlimited drum for new equipment purchases as well.

Gerry Mead, vice president of maintenance for U.S. Xpress says he’s fund that Webb Vortex drums help his company increase uptime and lower total cost of ownership.

“In addition to the cooler running temperatures, I especially like the wear indicator machined right into the drum that really saves time in our maintenance shops,” he says. “Our techs can easily see when drum replacement is required.”

The Webb Vortex Unlimited premium brake drum has external cooling ribs that conduct heat away from the brake surface for superior heat dissipation and 10 percent lower operating temperatures, the company says. Running at these lower temperatures means the Vortex Unlimited performs better than standard drums and can last more than 25 percent longer.

The Webb Vortex Unlimited brake drum also includes a patent-pending wear indicator that takes the guess work out of wear measurements, saving maintenance dollars.

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