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The Confidence-Builder

0 fe596By George L. Nitti

These days it is not common to find a 97,500-lbs., 85-ton rotator rambling on the road. That's partly due to the fact that after a couple of years in production, Jerr-Dan discontinued making these models with their demand diminishing due to laws regulating weight and size of trucks.

However, in Massachusetts, that was not an issue. Big Wheel Towing of East Freetown acquired their 2009 Kenworth T-800/Jerr-Dan 85-ton rotator despite those scalability issues.

"There are only a few out there," said owner Bob Fouquette, "We do a lot of front-loaded work, such as cement and rubbish trucks. It's so powerful you don't even know they are there."

With its 600-hp Cummings engine, its 18-speed transmission and five axles, the power is unparalleled.

Fouquette said, "It's a beautiful truck. It's a real confidence-builder."

The unit is one of 35 in their fleet that showcases an all-yellow background, clearly an attention grabber.

"When I first started the company 37 years ago," Fouquette said, "our first truck was a Sunbeam bread truck, which was yellow and green. So I decided that our next truck would only use one color – yellow."

What is also distinguishable is the large, reflective gold leaf decal that spans across each side of the rotator.

The company has its units wrapped, using a company out of Connecticut.

Fouquette said that the origins of the company name dates back to the company's early years, when Fouqette was renting space from Big Wheel Trucking Co., which folded its business not long into his lease.

"The company had a car dealer's license that I was also using," he said. "When they went out of business, I applied for a new one, but was informed that the locale only issued one per year. Thus, I bought the company out and started operating under their name."

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