First time posting out here and looking for some help with some experienced opinions on engines and equipment available today.
My father and I started with one truck a few years back and now have a local fleet of 13 trucks that has grown over the years. When we started my father was purchasing used "deals" (Maxxforce internationals) and we eventually aligned with a good repair shop to work through most of the headaches to keep our trucks running but repair bills are still high as you'd expect. We do have 1 DD13 which has been the best as far as repair and breakdowns.
We're at the point now of doing what we should have done at the beginning and learning the right specs for our application to start adding better equipment to the fleet instead of problems. We typically haul under 40K and operate within 150 air miles 90% of the time and trying to find the best fit for our fleet that will last. Our drivers are experienced but not mechanics or owner operators that will treat it as their own either.