Manual or Automatic Transmissions, Which is best?

AdamAnt

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I am seeing that some large company use only automatic transmissions in there trucks. For any of you that have driven both, which do you prefer?
 

mndriver

curmudgeon extraordinare
OK what is a **** spreader. I always thought that was a trailer with the belt that spreaded the **** out the back
By the way I've been at your terminal twice in the last week, a nice place sort of [emoji12]
International truck.

but since they make farm implements too....

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Injun

Rabid Squaw
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If you were at Grandview, you probably saw my truck if you didn't see me. Mine's the metallic orange International (lovingly referred to as a Thirteen-Letter S***Spreader because of the company's roots in farm tractors...also known as a CornBinder, HayBaler and FarmAll, among others) with the Medicine Wheel sprocket on the doors, IFTA stickers on the wing windows and not one single Swift-issued decal on the truck anywhere. There's one other similar to mine, same color and all, but that one has Washington Huskies decals on it. My truck was in the shop queue for a few days for a starter, a couple of switches that I did myself and an exhaust leak that wasn't the gasket between the turbo and the manifold. I'll get into that in my engine brake squeal thread later. Long story short though, I went home on Tuesday and got back in yesterday. Give the shop time to get the parts and fix it without me hanging around being grumpy.
 

Hunter

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Of all the trucks I've driven, the Volvos drive the best and are designed with the driver's instincts in place. And their transmissions are second to none. They shift smoothly and backing up in reverse is much easier than any other truck. Beyond that, the ride stability gives you the confidence you feel behind the wheel of your own car.

If you've never driven a Volvo semi-truck, you don't know what you're missing. Then again, ignorance is bliss for some.


I'm not saying Volvos are the best either, they have their down falls but still a good truck.

Volvos drive the best - that's ones interpretation as to what "best" is ? just depends on what you call " drive the best " ?

designed with the driver's instincts in place - yes they're more driver friendly

And their transmissions are second to none - I like'em but they still have some issues, doesn't help when need new clutch/tranny within 70,000...though I suppose I didn't help picking up big bertha each load an run the hills - then deal with " high clutch load protection " dead truck :toothpick: another downside they will not give you ANY warning of clutch/tranny going out, you're stopped and decide to switch gears D/R - you're dead, truck not moving.

They shift smoothly - not always in the " prefect gear " for some hills for fast gear changes, though if you know the spot then let off the throttle or go red line other than that they do great for shifting. if you get the version where you're able to shift manually in auto drive and manually you'll like it better (was told theres a version you cant shift in the drive mode ? ) meaning I could shift gears in drive or manual. forget using the " E " economy mode unless you're running flat and no wind or its behind you, " P " performance mode is better & more idea for driving.

Volvos have had their own issues like any other truck when new, work through them and you'll come to like them, but at the same time I wouldn't have any problem taking a KW with a 18
 

Hunter

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Apparently you've never driven a T-660. :toothpick:

that was a quote taken out of " PapaDough " post & I was taking parts of it & responding to certain parts of the quote.
read the rest of my quote after that saying & it holds true for all trucks, plus what " best " is what part of driving it ?
theres pro's/con's to every truck !

forgot to mention that after the new clutch put in its been all good no issues.
 

PapaDough

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I'm not saying Volvos are the best either, they have their down falls but still a good truck.

Volvos drive the best -

designed with the driver's instincts in place - yes they're more driver friendly

And their transmissions are second to none - another downside they will not give you ANY warning of clutch/tranny going out, you're stopped and decide to switch gears D/R - you're dead, truck not moving.

Volvos have had their own issues like any other truck when new, work through them and you'll come to like them, but at the same time I wouldn't have any problem taking a KW with a 18

1. Ride stability. Took an exit once in a Volvo, at the last second, at highway speed, when I was a new driver. Any other truck might've flipped. Low centre of gravity kept my nubie rear in the seat and the truck rubber side down.

2. Peterbilt 387 clutch went dead. No warning. Sitting at a customer after I backed in, I couldn't move without a tow.

3. Personal preference. American engineering sucks. European or Japanese is far better and more driver friendly and instinctive.
 

Hunter

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1. Ride stability. Took an exit once in a Volvo, at the last second, at highway speed, when I was a new driver. Any other truck might've flipped. Low centre of gravity kept my nubie rear in the seat and the truck rubber side down.
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I think the Volvos tend to be heavier than others ? they ride a little rough in the rough.
at first I wanted no auto, period ! but I had no choice. took some getting used to, though I've come to really like Volvos even with some of their downfalls. best to know when to use auto or switch to manual.
 

Uncle Birchy

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I am seeing that some large company use only automatic transmissions in there trucks. For any of you that have driven both, which do you prefer?
I thought that it would be interesting to point out that 15 years later after the OP nowadays "Automatic" Trucks are the "Standard" out on the road and that "Manuals" have become a special order or "custom" feature
 
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Rigjockey

In Gord we trust!
I thought that it would be interesting to point out that 15 years later after the OP nowadays "Automatic" Trucks are the "Standard" out on the road and that "Manuals" have become a special order or "custom" feature
It is indeed interesting.
If they still only made manual trucks most of these wheel-holders would not be out on the road but, here we are.
The dumbing down of trucking. No need to be able to shift gears, no need to be able to read a map (GPS). No need to be able to fill out a log book.
Soon to come no need to be able to actually drive for hours, just be there for when the Automated truck Blue screens.
 

krelithous

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It is indeed interesting.
If they still only made manual trucks most of these wheel-holders would not be out on the road but, here we are.
The dumbing down of trucking. No need to be able to shift gears, no need to be able to read a map (GPS). No need to be able to fill out a log book.
Soon to come no need to be able to actually drive for hours, just be there for when the Automated truck Blue screens.
the blue screen of death will be the next anti theft device like manual transmissions were back in the day :p
 

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