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Louisville Switching Blog

Video: Ottawa Yard Trucks and Emissions

Posted by Donald Robinson

Apr 9, 2013 2:48:00 PM

In this video shot at the 2013 Mid America Truck Show, Chris Troutt talks about emissions on Ottawa Yard Trucks. EPA regulations state that you need to burn a certain amount of emissions in order to be legal.

Louisville Switching's Experience at the 2013 Mid America Truck Show

Posted by Donald Robinson

Mar 27, 2013 2:08:00 PM

This year's Mid America Truck Show was a tremendous success. Our brand new and spacious cab was on display. This cab is known as "The Skycab" and once you see it it will become apparent how this name was applied to this design. 

Ottawa Yard Truck Parts - Electronic Shifters and Wire Harnesses

Posted by Donald Robinson

Mar 13, 2013 3:25:00 PM

Have a Yard Truck Question? Just Ask Chuck

Posted by Donald Robinson

Dec 14, 2012 1:15:00 PM

We recently decided to add a new section to our website called "Ask Chuck." Chuck Duggins has been with Louisville Switching for 16 years and is highly respected in the world of yard trucks. This new section of the website will be dedicated to your questions and will be full of answers to the most common inquiries we receive about yard truck repair, ottawa yard trucks, and yard truck parts. We should have "Ask Chuck" up for you to start reviewing in January.

One Atlanta Truck Spotter's Ottawa Story

Posted by Donald Robinson

Dec 7, 2012 2:11:00 PM

Chris Troutt was recently in Atlanta, Georgia working with a client. Chris loves talking with the drivers of the yard trucks to get their input on what they think of Ottawa. The other thing Chris loves to do when he's talking with the drivers is to ask if he can see inside the cab. This one particular driver agreed and showed Chris the cab of his Ottawa. It was as clean as a brand new yard truck. Chris asked him how he kept it so clean and the driver said, "I spend 12 hours a day  inside this truck and I want to make sure I keep it clean. It is my office."

"I'd Take an Old Ottawa over a New Competitor Yard Truck"

Posted by Donald Robinson

Nov 1, 2012 3:00:00 PM

Have you seen the show "Undercover Boss?" Basically, the CEO or President of a large organization goes undercover and is disguised so employees don't recognize him or her. The undercover boss then gets to work side-by-side with the employees and is able to obtain great, honest feedback from the workers.

Recently Chris Troutt was in Georgia and was speaking to a driver who didn't know who Chris was. Chris wasn't wearing a company shirt, logos, or anything else that would identify him as being an employee at Louisville Switching.

Chris noticed the client had a newly-leased competitor brand yard truck. When Chris asked the driver what he thought about the competitor yard truck, he said, "I'd take an old Ottawa any day over this." It doesn't get any more honest than that.

No one knows the vehicles better than the drivers. They are the ones with thousands of hours of trailer spotting under their belts. When the drivers say they would rather have an old Ottawa yard truck over a brand new competitor yard truck, that confirms what we've always known. Ottawa yard trucks are the best yard truck in the business and they will always outperform, outlast, and be the standard for the industry. Ask the drivers, they know!

What Do Sprinter Vans and Yard Trucks Have In Common?

Posted by Donald Robinson

Oct 25, 2012 9:32:00 AM

What do Sprinter Vans and yard trucks have in common? Louisville Switching is what they have in common. Recently, one of our clients approached us and asked if we would consider finding them a Sprinter Van. We were honored that they thought so highly of us and trusted us to locate and ready a Sprinter for them.

Ottawa Yard Jockey? Education Of The Right Terms

Posted by Donald Robinson

Oct 3, 2012 12:29:00 PM

We've been in this business a long time so we often hear people call yard trucks many things. Most of them are right. In all, there are probably dozens of ways people classify switching trucks. Here are a few of the names people have given yard trucks:

  • Spotter Truck
  • Shunt Truck
  • Yard Goat
  • Yard Mule
  • Yard Dog
  • Terminal Tractor
  • Yard Switcher
  • Jockey Truck
  • Yard Horse
  • Shunting Truck
  • Yard Spotter
  • Switching Truck
  • Ottawa Yard Truck

With so many names, it seems hard to get it wrong. But when you hear someone say, "Ottawa Yard Jockey," it is like they're saying, "Ford Silverado." Ottawa is a brand and Yard Jockey is a model of another manufacturer. So when you put them together, it isn't quite right. It would be appropriate to call an Ottawa nearly everything on the list above. 

Imagine the finest Italian restaurant in town and compare it to Fazoli's. They both serve italian food, but that is where the similarity ends and the difference of quality begins. One restaurant gives you free breadsticks the other is an experience you will remember for a lifetime. One thing is for sure, Ottawa is the standard for yard trucks. It is the best brand, built with excellence, engineered for the rigorous day-to-day demand. In fact, Ottawa produces four times the number of yard trucks than its closest competitors.  

Louisville Switching is proud of the Ottawa brand, but we can help maintain any brand of spotter truck. With our Cummins-certified and Ottawa-certified mechanics, there isn't much we can't diagnose and fix. We are the experts and we thank you for putting your trust in us to maintain your fleet and supply you with the best yard truck in the business: Ottawa!