Haul Talk The Cat Truck Engine Podcast
Haul Talk The Cat Truck Engine Podcast

It's Time for "Haul Talk"

A new podcast filled with trucking tales, tips and tricks

By Caterpillar | Posted: July 2023

Introducing Haul Talk: a new podcast tailor-made for owners, operators and fans of Cat® on-highway truck engines — in other words, you!

Whether you’ve hauled for years or just joined the freight workforce, Haul Talk is here to help you make the most of the trucking tools at your disposal. Read on for details, then stream the first season at cat.com/cathaultalk.

Listen and Learn

Every episode of Haul Talk features interviews with truckers like you, discussions with repair pros or conversations with Cat specialists. Topics cover trucking tips, common concerns and the latest stories making the rounds in the industry — with a special focus on:

  • Performing engine maintenance
  • Finding the right repair options
  • Reducing repair costs
  • Making the most of business opportunities
  • Protecting trucks for the long haul

Meet the Hosts

Haul Talk’s hosts have spent years working with truckers, dealers and repair shops. Now they’re taking to the airwaves to share their insights and introduce you to people who make trucking great.

OHTE - Kurt Freidinger


Kurt joined Caterpillar nearly two decades ago. He worked his way up from the Cat On-Highway Truck Engine call center to the role of account manager, where he helped launch the display engine program. (Hidden talent: Kurt’s a fierce competitor in German stein-hoisting contests.)

OHTE - Zach Barrett


Zach became a parts and service marketing consultant for the Cat On-Highway Truck Engine team in 2020. Before that, he spent 12 years at one of our largest Kenworth dealers. You might recognize him from our Myth Buster video series. (Fun fact: Zach likes to work with his hands — on cars, woodworking and home improvement projects.)

Preview the First Episodes

Season one of Haul Talk is available now. Here’s what you can expect from the inaugural episodes:

Episode 1: Available to stream now

“Truckers Helping Truckers” is King County Trailer’s mantra. Tune in to hear Mike and Aaron King share what’s made their family business a success for 50-plus years and why philanthropy is a way of life for their company.

Episode 2: Available to stream now

Steve Stark started at Caterpillar’s first remanufacturing facility in Iowa back in 1973. Don’t miss this chance to go inside the mind of a Cat Reman expert — and hear some great memories that stretch back half a century, all the way to the first engine off the line.

Episode 3: Available to stream now

True Grit Transportation lives up to its name — with more than 10 trucks each topping a million miles. Get the scoop from the True Grit team on how they keep their trucks powered through multiple lives and through challenging conditions on the road.

Episode 4: Available to stream now

Our Truck Engine Parts and Service (TEPS) dealer network makes sure you have expert support in your neck of the woods. Hear all about it from Jeff Picard, TEPS manager for Western States in Idaho.

Press Play Now

Whether you listen in your cab or in your shop, Haul Talk is here for everyone who loves trucking. Just press play.



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