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  1. FYI, here's how we do it in neighbouring Canada. This 5-axle super-B set is good for 138-140,000lbs gross (depending what province you're in). I've never driven one, but I've spoken with guys who say that the track quite well and are easier to drive than a 53' trailer (going forward that is!) There are other configurations, but this is the most popular. And yeah, there are a lot of 13L Macks and Volvos pulling them.
  2. Ironically since this thread started my local dealership has 6+ new Granites on the lot for a mixer company
  3. Yes, there are a lot of Granite dumps where I live. Perhaps they have lost a bit of market share - they were *so* dominant in the 80's that you rarely saw anything but a Mack. Having said that, they still have a healthy market share. The sky is not falling people. I think a big reason for the shift is that it seems like Macks and Volvo's have gotten comparatively more expensive recently. I also know that some northern dealers are not very competitive. I could be wrong.
  4. Our city uses front-end loaders (Cat 924 size) with plows in the old residential areas; but that Mack appears to be out in the country. Other cities use aggressive towing when it snows (ie. temporary no parking areas).
  5. I just don't understand big plow trucks without wing plows - it's such a waste. I also don't get those tipper salt spreaders - they seem unsafe.
  6. Kenmore or whoever makes more money from selling you a new fridge than repairing your older one. And no one gives a crap about the energy or materials that are utterly wasted.
  7. I can see that. Yes, everything under the cab is Volvo. Having said that, Volvo builds good trucks. I wish Mack had a little more independence, but it's probably not commercially viable. Mack didn't have enough money to design emission engines - so it got taken over. Everyone has had problems with emissions. That's the game now; it's worldwide and it's not going away.
  8. You're kidding me. I know a guy who buys Corollas at 200kms and sells them at 400. Have them rust sprayed and they're pretty much bullet-proof. But again I digress.
  9. Emission vs. non-emission truck motors maybe. But a 2018 Corolla will run circles around some old beater from the past and run forever too! Mind you, I have friends who are getting good service from their new-ish Cascadias in linehaul service - so maybe the bugs are finally being worked out. But I digress. Volvo makes a good truck, like it or not (and Mack would be dead if it wasn't for Volvo). I also think that if Volvo had simply rebranded their North American offerings as "White Trucks" in the 80's, they would have avoided this hate - because yes, people are that superficial.
  10. Just like every other truck manufacturer. Let's not even mention American cars of the 70's! (Yeah - older is always better - not.)
  11. The short answer is that in order to develop engines you need a global partnership - which means a lot of money. In order to sell trucks you need to sell to fleets; that means being aerodynamically competitive - which means a lot of money. And then there's the traditional business aspects like re-establishing dealerships; and if you want the best people as has been stated, you need to pay more than anyone else. All of which takes.....a lot of money. Short answer: the trucking industry has changed and a solely North American company can't cut it. P.S. Last time I checked, Navistar was looking at some kind of takeover/partnership with Volkswagon.
  12. Sorry guys - but Volvo makes good, durable, well-engineered trucks. I know you don't want to believe that. BTW, chicks dig them too! P.S. Some posters really are afraid of gay people.
  13. And I wish that fuel was unlimited and 10c a gallon, and that diesel engines sprewed out unicorn dust and rainbows out the exhaust - but we all know that's not going to happen. Actually capturing waste heat is a really interesting idea. Everything from light bulbs to engines are inefficient in that most of the energy produced is waste heat. If they can figure out how to recapture that energy it might really improve fuel economy. BTW, I read about a local hotel that captures the waste heat of the water that goes down their drain.
  14. I said they were a tough truck - not the toughest. That sort of thing all depends on how they are spec'd. All the manufacturers can make you a good truck - or a lemon. All Interiors have been plastic for the last 20 years - I think it's time to get over that one. The worst of the self-destructive rattle-bags that I drove were Columbias and T800's. I have seen 20-30 year old Volvo's. As far as collectors go, I don't buy into the cult of Paccar.
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