Last year, Schneider Trucking started installing The Deflecktor, manufactured by A de F, Ltd., on its tractors and have not regretted it one bit. After testing the product for two years, Schneider has been installing the wheel covers on all four drive wheels and have seen an improvement of almost 1%. At a cost of $200 per tractor, the payback has been about 6 months with $4.00 / gal fuel.
Inventor Jon Fleck came up with the idea for an aluminum wheel cover over 20 years ago to improve fuel mileage. But with cheap oil and fuel prices back then, the idea was put on the back burner to simmer. Jon reintroduced the aero-improving wheel cover in an advanced technology lightweight fabric in 2009.
The attachment uses two metal rings sewn into the fabric which get placed into the wheel rim. The smooth fabric cover is then zipped into place. The aero-improving wheel covers are “Schneider-verified” and have an anticipated 5 year lifespan.
The Deflecktor aero-improving wheel cover can be manufactured with colors and graphics. The Deflector is a “must have” low-cost high-ROI add-on for your tractor.
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