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  1. WE have customers running the Mdrive in both direct and overdrive with the 2.64 rear end -not sure one is any better than the other.
  2. They run 80,000 all day long with no issues mostly east of the Mississippi. 2.64 is the standard ratio with the MP8-445 SE Super Econodyne engine. Plenty of pull and great fuel economy. Sold over 250 of these setups in the last 5 years. They are just going to wrap this one truck as far as I know. Mirrors are an acquired taste for sure but the visibility is great.
  3. 2019 Mack Anthem 70" Sleeper - TLD Logistics Services Inc - Knoxville, TN. MP8-445SE, M-Drive OD transmission, 2.64 rears. Company took 20 units for 2018, 15 for 2019.
  4. I was there and the excitement was very high. Mack has 1.5% of the highway sleeper market - the highway sleeper market is nearly 50% of all class 8 trucks built in America. Mack HAS to get a larger piece of that market to survive. I spent a lot of time looking at this truck - it is obvious they spent a lot of time listening to driver feedback about the cab and sleeper area. Mack has expended considerable time, effort and resources to try to make this truck a driver friendly cost effective competitive player in the marketplace. We were told most if not all of these changes will be incorporated into the Granite and Pinnacle models as well where applicable. I have a customer running a 2018 CXU613 70" stand up double bunk sleeper with the MP8-445SE package - truck has had NO downtime except for scheduled maintenance in over 100,000 miles - they are excited about what they have seen and this new truck. I am convinced this truck will sell - I know I can sell it and I know it will exceed customers and drivers expectations. There will always be naysayers, skeptics, mockers and whiners who will never be happy no matter what.
  5. We have seen good results from both the M-Drive (and I-Shift). We have a number of fleets running the M-Drive in both the regular and HD versions. One fleet runs 285 tractors hauling chemical tanks, one fleet runs 140 tractors hauling glass and we have two dry van fleets just took delivery of 10 each 2018 Mack CXU613 70" sleeper tractors with the MP8-445SE package. On the dump truck front, we probably have sold over 100 dump trucks in the last 2 years all with the M-Drive HD including over 20 to Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). I have one customer I sold 10 to last year who has had no downtime with this transmission. WE hardly keep any manual transmission trucks in the yard anymore and all our recent stock orders for both tractors and vocational trucks have been M-Drives and I-Shifts. If you follow the SERVICE AT A GLANCE repair intervals you will see good results. Your local dealer can provide you with these service posters; We provide them with every new truck.
  6. The Titan with the 605 was a monster, but when you put it up against a 389 or W900 or T800 the price differential was not enough to make most operators switch. I thought the Titan was too much style - would have liked to see a more work truck styling and lower price. I would like to see a big block offering - especially in the Granite.
  7. The Mack MP8-505M is an 1860 torque engine. The Cummins 605 is a 2050 torque engine. For nearly ALL applications 500hp is more than necessary to move nearly anything with the right gearing and transmission selection. Years ago I used to move nearly everything with an R model Mack with a 300 and a six speed and a 3 axle lowboy. The small number of truck sales per year with the larger MP10 versus the massive costs of engineering and support just do not make sense. Right now the MP8-445 is our best selling engine across the board with the M-Drive or M-Drive HD.
  8. I am going up to see the new model at the dealer reveal event in early September. I never understood the issue with the sleeper cabs not being a stand up over the driver seat - you don't drive standing up!. People find a way to bitch, complain and find fault with everything these days. The current CXU613 70" bunk sleeper is a high-quality truck. I have a customer running the MP8-445SE package doing in excess of 8 mpg hauling consistently over 40,000 in the trailer. I don't see Mack using the MP10 anywhere in the USA going forward. The biggest offering will be the MP8-505.
  9. All kidding aside Mack is gaining market share because the M-Drive is a game changer and the engine packages are much more reliable. WE have seen a dramatic decrease in the types of heavy engine work we were doing in our shops 4-5 years ago - becoming more of a challenge to keep our 24 technicians busy and productive. WE just became a Certified Volvo/Mack Uptime Center in February 2017 so hopefully that will channel more work our way.
  10. WE specify Mack axles only on vocational trucks anymore - if I am specifying a day cab or sleeper tractor (Volvo as well) I specify Meritor axles, Meritor brakes, Meritor slack adjusters etc. WE have a very good relationship with Meritor and they do a good job on the product support side for us. If you go with the Eaton 13 speed make sure it will handle the 505 - Mack will not let you upgrade if the transmission is no capable. WE are seeing more disc brakes being specified with our larger fleet customers.
  11. I would go 3.36 gears on this truck or maybe even 3.25. I am surprised you did not like the M-Drive - it is pretty much all I sell anymore - 445SE package with overdrive transmission, premium shifter, grade gripper and 2.64 gears. Plenty of power and torque to pull 80,000+. Disc brakes are becoming more accepted as the overall cost decreases. Staying below 460HP will save you significant $$$$ if you choose to be extended purchased engine and EATS coverage that I always recommend. Not a fan of the twin Y, there are other ways to save weight especially by reducing fuel capacity.
  12. If I were your sales guy I would recommend the MP8-445 SE super econondyne package, premium shifter option with hill assist, 2.64 rears and as much aerodynamics as you are comfortable with - probably recommend a CXU613 vs a CHU. MP8 has better resale - plenty of HP/Torque to do what you need to do and being under 460HP your cost of extended warranty should you choose to purchase it will be significantly less vs the 505. I have sold over 150 Mack CXU613 70" sleepers with this exact setup - Customer pull 48k plus loads of glass over 48 states and Canada and the trucks are doing a great job. The M-Drive transmission WORKS and is covered by a 60 month / 750,000 mile warranty.
  13. Emissions are part of the industry - they are not going away. I advise customers to go with the MP8-445E engine with the M-Drive in overdrive configuration and premium shifter package with 2.64 or 2.79 rear end gears for over the road applications. Keep the horsepower under 460 and you will see significant savings on Purchased Coverages. I recommend the Mack Plan 2 with EATS and the HVAC coverage. Depending on how these coverages are structured your cost per mile will run out at less than $0.015. That is a pretty good value.
  14. EVERY OEM and dealer wants to drive business back to the dealerships and it is the strategy of every OEM and dealer to do all they can to drive business back to the dealerships - I don't care if you sell trucks, cars, bulldozers or washing machines - the entire dealer network of any OEM would fail otherwise. Unless you have been a GM or a manager at a dealership you cannot really understand the high level of fixed costs, employee training requirements, dealer operating standards and daily expenses required to open your doors everyday. Customers and drivers are demanding truck dealers stay open extended hours to include nights and weekends - there are real costs to those demands and if the dealer cannot capture enough of the parts and service business the dealership will fail and close down. There is a reason you see growth in dealer networks and the reduction in 1 dealership owners - they simply cannot afford to provide the extended hours, amenities and service capabilities demanded in today's trucking business. Truck sales used to be the driving force of a dealership but not anymore. You MUST have parts and service to survive.
  15. Our BIGGEST challenge with selling the M-Drive is trying to sell it to someone who has owned or driven any competitor truck with the Eaton autoshift or ultrashift transmission. I was Director of Maintenance and ran a fleet of 500 tractors years ago in Florida that was nearly 100% auto shift and they drove me nuts. The owner go so fed up they went back to sticks, but are now nearly 100% I-Shift. The Mack M-Drive/Volvo I-Shift are completely different components designed to be specifically what they are; 12 speed automated shift manual transmissions. They were a clean white sheet design, not a reconfiguration, ad-on or retrofit of something else. Also they were designed to effectively communicate with the Mack and Volvo engines ECM's. The M-Drive is a 12 speed available in direct or overdrive rated to 2050 ft.lb. torque. The vocational version is the M-Drive HD available in 12, 13 and 14 speed configurations also rated to 2050 ft/lb. torque. Nearly 80% of all the trucks leaving the Mack factory today are M-Drives. The standard warranty is 60/750,000 and the clutch has a 36/350,000 warranty on new trucks. Drive one for yourself and make up your own mind.
  16. Look at something with an MP8-445E engine and M-Drive with 264 or 279 rears - will pull fine and get good fuel economy.
  17. The 2010/2014 emission engines with SCR technology are a much better investment to me than the 2007 emission engines which just used a DPF filter without SCR. They are superior in terms of fuel economy, service intervals (DPF cleaning is now scheduled at 400,000 miles as opposed to 250,00) and overall I think they are much more reliable.
  18. You have to build and stock what your local markets demand in terms of both truck and body specifications. Our WE locations in Dayton and Cincinnati sell mostly 7 axle configurations for dumps. Around east Tennessee on a state or federal job you can haul about 13 ton legally on a triaxle. It would be nice if all the states could get on the same page in terms of hauling regulations. I still like the old weight regulation in Metro NY area where you could legally haul the GVW of the truck - love the look of a RD688SX with 58 or 65 bogies, 20k front and high sided 14-16' dump box or the older DM800 with the 23 front and 80 rear bogies. Those were real trucks that demanded real drivers. I still think all this bridge law stuff is garbage.
  19. Tennessee is increasing enforcing the federal bridge laws especially on state and federal road jobs. WE are selling many more quads and quints than we did 6 years ago with more of our local dump and mixer customers at least partial moving away from triaxles and towards rigs with more axles to meet federal standards. This is especially true of operators that run into western NC.
  20. 2017 Mack GU713 5 and 6 axle dump trucks for Claiborne Hauling Contractors (Bulldog Leasing), Knoxville, TN. Mack MP8-455M engines, Allison 6 speed automatics, 20k front axles, 46k rear axles on camelbacks. Rogers steel "tub" bodies on the 5 axle trucks, Rogers aluminum square box bodies on the six axle trucks. 5 of each all on aluminum wheels and 315/80R22.5 tires all around.
  21. I am originally from Upstate NY and spent 6 winters in snow plows. Tennessee gets maybe 3-4 storms a year with not a lot of snow - I have been in East Tennessee 6 years and the worst I can remember here in Knoxville is 5-6 inches which was gone in a week. These trucks have been designed to keep main roads clean and probably will do more sanding and salting than actual plowing.
  22. Delivering 2 of these 2017 Mack GU713 Snow Plow Trucks to the Tennessee DOT Garage here in Knoxville this week. Trucks are MP8-455M, 8LL transmissions, 20k front, 46k rears on M-Ride suspensions. Pretty exciting - they have seen the light on IHC trucks hopefully!
  23. I personally handle 7 local fleet accounts - 5 (4 Mack, 1 Volvo) over the road and two vocational (Both Mack). WE have a great 30 year MACK salesman in Knoxville. He is old school and handles the majority of our Mack customers - together we would both help you if you want. 865-399-1679
  24. If you go with a horsepower rating below 460hp you will save yourself a lot of money on purchased protection coverages regardless of engine manufacturers. I recommend the Mack Plan 2 Engine / Mack EATS Engine Exhaust After Treatment System Purchased Coverage Protection matched to the time/miles terms of your particular operations. If you want to build and order a custom truck and your sales guy can't or won't help you and go over the specifications line by line until you are happy and satisfied get another sales guy. It is a lot easier to fix problems and address concerns when they are on paper than once they become steel. I personally am not a sales guy - I AM a truck guy, a Mack guy and a former fleet maintenance executive that sells trucks. My only goal with a customer is to listen to them, learn about what they want to do with the truck, understand their business and the environment the truck will be operating and then work with the customer to custom engineer and specify a unit that fits exactly what they want to do. You do this as a sales person and you will get repeat and referral business that makes both your customers and you successful. Guys in it for a quick sales don't last especially if you are selling Mack. 1 truck or 100 trucks - the process is the same.
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