August 19, 2008

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Plymouth, MI.-- Well the master craftsmen at Special Projects shop in Plymouth, MI have made their first custom cuts into the Site Commander and its Reading body - building the electric lift compartment for the all-terrain Segway X2 Adventure. It's sort of a superintendent's personal Site Commander right down to the Dell XFR Latitude laptop that rides on the Segway.

If you haven't tried out a Segway yet - it's a trip. The intuitive Lean Steer technology makes it pretty easy to learn, although it takes a while to master the maneuvers. Just ask Site Commander lead designer David Smiertka of Sparks who's left a few dings on the walls of his company offices. But all in all, the Segway is a real addition to the broad range of features we've built into this year's trucks.

The Segway compartment is protected by a custom gull-wing door on the passenger side, and the compartment floor raises and lowers for getting the unit into and out of the truck. Electrical power for recharge is provided either by the truck engine or the Kohler generator, via an outlet in the compartment. Check out the slide show of this part of the build-out.

Stand by for more updates. We're only 40 days from blast-off when the 3 Site Commanders start their national tour.

The Site Commander is brought to you by Tools of the Trade magazine in partnership with LENOX Industrial Tools and Dodge Trucks. Our sponsors this year include Reading Body, Werner Ladder, Dell, Sprint, Georgia-Pacific, Therma-Tru Doors, Carhartt, and Segway.

-- Rick