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Keep your distance

23rd January 1970
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Page 54, 23rd January 1970 — Keep your distance
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When following a Dodge tractor, be it a 20, 22, 24 or 28 ton G.T.W. model, look out. Keep your distance. If that Dodge has to brake suddenly, it will full stop. LI Why? Because its braking system is triple safe. First, the footbrake operates all brakes on the tractor and all brakes on the trailer. And it does it through two big reservoirs, one for the tractor and one for the trailer. If one system fails, the other takes over. Double safe. I1] Air line pressure to the tractor rear axle is determined by a load-sensing device which reacts to spring deflection, thus minimising the risk of jack-knifing. E Then there's the secondary brake. A hand control lever operates the front brakes on the tractor and all brakes on the trailer. Triple safe. C And when you park, slide the lever to one side, and all the tractor brakes are mechanically locked on. For good. Until, of course, you release them. That means parking without worry. It rather makes a joke of the legal 16% minimum requirement. E Dodge brakes for sure. Big, wide linings. On some models as wide as 8. Cam expanded too—so that minimum attention is required. 111 So join the Dodge club, and let the others keep their distance. Behind you.


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