December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

Cobalt Truck Equipment wishes you and your love ones Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year! 

Please make note of our holiday closures HERE.

December 13, 2016

VMAC Launches UNDERHOOD Air Compressor Mounting Kits for 2017 Model Year Trucks & Vans

2017 VMAC UNDERHOOD Mounting Kits
VMAC announced it completed development of all UNDERHOOD 30, 70, 150 CFM and Direct Transmission Mount (DTM) 70 CFM air compressor mounting kits for 2017 model year trucks and vans.

"We are very pleased to announce that all VMAC UNDERHOOD air compressor systems and DTM 70 CFM air compressor systems for 2017 model year vehicles are ready for production and will be shipping in January," said Mike Pettigrew, marketing manager, VMAC.

VMAC has been working diligently with the major truck and van manufacturers since June to ensure all its systems were re-designed to meet the new model truck year design changes.

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December 12, 2016

Safety Tip: Driving Near Large Trucks

Safety Tip: Driving Near Large Trucks
Driving in winter storm conditions, when roads are slick and visibility is limited, isn’t easy. But imagine what it must be like for drivers of heavy-duty commercial trucks.

Sharing the road safely with large trucks always requires taking certain precautions. For example, you need to give large trucks more space when passing because they can’t slow down or stop as quickly as a light-duty vehicle. During inclement weather, these extra measures are even more critical.

Here are four mistakes fleet drivers need to avoid when driving around large trucks, regardless of the weather, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles:

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November 30, 2016

Now Hiring: Parts Sales Associate - TX

Cobalt Truck Equipment is currently seeking a Parts Sales Associate for its San Antonio, TX, location.

The main responsibilities of the Parts Sales Associate are to generate and process retail sales as well as supply parts to the production shop. They need to follow up on any concerns or shop work order needs as necessary and provide proactive contact to both internal & external customers.

November 18, 2016

2016 Tax Incentives on New & Used Equipment

Section 179 Tax Incentives
Section 179 tax incentives apply to new and used trucks and equipment. Cobalt has a wide variety of work-ready trucks and equipment to help maximize your deduction.

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November 16, 2016

High Desert Off Road Turkey Run 11/19

Join Cobalt Off-Road Center at High Desert Off Road’s 11th Annual Coble Gobble Turkey Run on November 19th! It’s family-friendly and stock 4×4 vehicle-friendly, and it’s one of the best off road events in town!

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November 1, 2016

Rotary Screw vs. Reciprocating Air Compressors

A simple upgrade could improve productivity and make you more money.

The two most common mobile compressors are rotary screw air compressors and reciprocating (or piston) air compressors.

Traditionally, the piston compressor has been the more widely used due to price and availability.  Many commercial van operators request reciprocating (“recip(s)”) compressors because they simply do not understand the difference between a rotary screw and a recip and are only familiar with what they’ve traditionally used.

Rotary screws have very distinct and important advantages over recips...

October 27, 2016

3D CAD Engineering to Build Your Custom Truck

CAD Engineering


Cobalt's experienced design team can help create a specialty truck that suits your custom applications. We utilize the latest in CAD TECHNOLOGY to create detailed 3D drawings and accurate weight distribution calculations that reflect exact client specifications. With these services, you can feel confident you will receive a safe and functional specialty vehicle...

October 24, 2016

Nevada Contractors Association Awards

NCA Contractor of the Year Awards

Join us at the Nevada Contractors Association Contractor of the Year Awards on October 27th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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October 17, 2016

Cobalt Hires New Texas Branch Manager

Introducing Branch Manager Scott Howard

Texas Branch Manager - Scott Howard

About Scott

I have been in the Truck Rental and Leasing business for the past 21 years. I have worked for Ryder, Inc.,in Tulsa, OK, Lowell, AR and Austin, TX. I then worked for Idealease in San Antonio, TX, Bossier City, LA, and Fort Worth, TX. Over the last five years, I was with French Ellison Kenworth in San Antonio, TX as the Paclease Manager...

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October 11, 2016

Now Hiring: Account Manager - WA

Cobalt Truck Equipment is currently seeking an Account Manager for its Spokane, WA, location.


  • Have an uncanny ability to identify, nurture and manage key accounts!
  • Have a professional look that opens doors.
  • Take over accounts while forging friendships with new customers in your account territory
  • Provide real customer service on a day-to-day basis
  • Be a planner – always thinking ahead to best help your customers and prospects.

October 6, 2016

Maintenance Tips for Hydraulic Equipment

Follow these simple steps to keep your hydraulics operating at peak performance:

Hydraulic Equipment Maintenance - Crane
Keep the oil clean and cool.

Approximately 70-90% of hydraulic system failures are due to issues with oil. Regularly changing oil filters and testing oil for contamination is important to keeping your hydraulic systems in good operating condition.

October 3, 2016

Cobalt Welcomes New Territory Manager for East Central Texas

Introducing Kelly Watson, Cobalt's new Territory Sales Manager for East Central Texas

Territory Manager - East Central Texas

About Kelly

Kelly comes to Cobalt Truck Equipment with a few years in the automotive and territory sales fields. She worked with the accessories division of General Motors helping over 20 dealerships in south central Texas...

Cobalt Welcomes New Texas Municipal Account Manager

Introducing John Claffey, Cobalt's New Texas Municipal Account Manager

Municipal Account Manager Texas - John Claffey

About John

John is a retired Master Sergeant Marine with Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Organizational Management and a minor in Psychology from Ashford University...

October 1, 2016

J.D. Power Names CPS Energy a Leader in Customer Satisfaction

CPS Energy Utility TruckCPS Energy customers have ranked the utility as one of the best in customer satisfaction in the United States, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

Cobalt San Antonio is excited to see an increasing business relationship with CPS Energy of San Antonio, the largest municipally owned electric and natural gas utility in the country.

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September 23, 2016

Now Hiring: Parts Sales Associate - TX

Cobalt Truck Equipment is currently seeking a Parts Sales Associate for our Converse, TX, location.

Role & Responsibilities:

The main responsibilities of the Parts Sales Associate are to generate and process retail sales as well as supply parts to the production shop. They need to follow up on any concerns or shop work order needs as necessary and provide proactive contact to both internal & external customers.

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September 22, 2016

Ford is now offering its electrically-assisted adaptive steering system on 2017 Super Duty pickups

Adaptive steering officially debuts on F-Series

Introduced in the 2016 model year, Ford is now offering its electrically-assisted adaptive steering system on its 2017 Super Duty pickups.

2017 Ford F-Series Adaptive Steering

Ford Motor Co. officially took the wraps off its electrically-powered adaptive steering system for its 2017 model Super Duty pickup trucks – a technology the OEM introduced on the 2016 Ford Edge Sport SUV.

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September 20, 2016

Cell Phones & Mobile Equipment Don't Mix

Prevent Distracted Driving

Cell phone use while operating mobile equipment is a form of distracted driving and is extremely dangerous. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that cell phones are involved in 6,000 auto fatalities each year.

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September 14, 2016

Advanced Composite Construction Changing the Truck Body Business

For many years, metal construction has dominated the truck body industry. The perceived durability of steel, in particular, ensured that metal truck bodies were the default choice. While most of the providers of metallic bodies have emphasized steel construction, there have been some who migrated to aluminum in an effort to reduce weight.

There is, however, a third material option that has gained a great deal of support – composites.

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September 13, 2016

Iron Workers stand atop LA in 1,100-foot viral photo of spire installation

A group of iron workers celebrating the completion of a spire installation at Los Angeles’s newest high rise has gone viral as people across the country shared a photo of the men standing at the spire’s tip top.

On September 3, crews completed installation of a 294-foot, 9-inch spire atop the Wilshire Grand. The spire gives the 73-story tower a height of 1,099 feet, making it the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

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September 10, 2016

How the World Trade Center site has changed 15 years after attacks

Out of the ashes of the Twin Towers, the World Trade Center site is reborn

Billions of dollars and 15 years later, the 16-acre expanse teems with new office development, a transportation hub, a retail mall and memorials to the victims.

September 8, 2016

Air Tool Maintenance & Operation from VMAC Air

The biggest concern in the operation and life expectancy of your professional grade pneumatic tools is moisture! Specifically, water vapor. You know this water vapor as humidity, and it is always present in the air around us in varying degrees. When this air is compressed, moisture in the inlet air concentrates with each cubic foot drawn in.  As you compress air it gets very hot and because the air is very hot, the accumulated water in it remains as a vapor, however, when compressed air is expanded through air tools it cools rapidly.

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Simple Light-Duty Truck Tire Maintenance Tips

Tire Maintenance Tips
The tires on your fleet vehicles form, quite literally, the foundation for your fleet’s effectiveness. Yet the tires are often the most overlooked among the fleet’s systems. If you want to lower your operating costs and improve the effectiveness of your light-duty trucks, while also reducing the risk of roadside breakdowns, it’s time to pay attention to tire maintenance. 

Featured: 2006 Ford F550 4×2 Chassis

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2006 Ford F550 4×2 Chassis

Now available for sale at Cobalt Truck Equipment

Mileage: 172,980
Engine: 6.0L diesel
Transmission: Automatic

- SOLD -

September 7, 2016

“Protective Footwear” from the Idaho AGC Weekly Tool Box Talks

Protective FootwearYou may or may not have given this much thought. Dressing right for work is similar to dressing right for sports - no professional soccer player would take the field wearing dress shoes. Just as in this example wearing the right shoes will help you do a better job and do it more safely.

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September 2, 2016

“Hazard Recognition” from the Idaho AGC Weekly Tool Box Talks

What Goes Wrong? Usually, an error that is within the control of one or more people is at the bottom of things. Often, several errors take place, at the same time, for an accident to occur. So when we analyze accidents, we should focus on which aspects of a task were controlled and which were not. Assuming that workers have been properly trained and all the proper materials and tools were available, what else can go wrong?

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September 1, 2016

Ram Raises Capacities for 2017 Chassis Cab Trucks

2017 Dodge Ram Chassis GVWR Capacity IncreaseRam has increased the towing capacities and gross combination weight rating (GCWR) for its 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cab trucks for the 2017 model year, Ram has announced.

The tow capacities and GCWR increase 1,000 pounds each. Ram will also offer an optional LED tail lamp and standard five-micron cabin air filter.

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August 31, 2016

August 30, 2016

Cobalt Welcomes New Parts Sales Associate in Las Vegas

Kyle Brucker - Cobalt Parts Sales Las VegasCobalt Truck Equipment would like to introduce our new Parts Sales Associate in Las Vegas, Kyle Brucker.

Kyle is taking the place of Onecimo Coronel, who transferred to our Sales Team at the beginning of the summer.

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August 29, 2016

Reelcraft Dual Cable Welding Reel

Reelcraft Dual Cable Welding Reel

Reelcraft dual cable welding reel rated at 250 amps

Now available for sale at Cobalt Truck Equipment

Cable capacity for each reel:
1/0 cable = 158 ft.
2/0 cable = 131 ft.

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August 26, 2016

1977 Ford F250 Restoration

1977 Ford F250 Restoration - Cobalt Off-Road Center

A very satisfied customer picked up his '77 Ford F250 from our Cobalt Off-Road Center complete with several upgrades. See the list and the final product HERE.

WA Road & Street Maintenance Supervisors’ Conference

WA Road & Street Conference

Make sure to stop by Cobalt Truck Equipment’s booth at the Road & Street Conference in Yakima next week.