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Truck News  /  January 22, 2019

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Kenworth Trucks, Peterbilt Motor Company, and Mack Trucks are displaying an array of offerings during World of Concrete, including mixers and pump trucks.

Kenworth is showcasing its T880S mixers and T880 pumper during the Las Vegas show.

Its T880S twin steer mixer is equipped with a 14-yard London mixer body and a Paccar MX-13 engine with 455 hp and 1,650 lbs.-ft. of torque. It also features an Allison 4700RDS seven speed automatic transmission, set-forward dual Paccar 20,000-lb. front axles, and 46,000-lb. Meritor tandem rear axles.

Kenworth also has a T880 Schwing pumper with a S36X 36-meter, truck mounted concrete pump and Allison 4500RDS six speed transmission.

“Truck operators can depend on the Kenworth T880 and T880S to get the job done in their specific vocational applications,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “The vocational flagship Kenworth T880 series offers low operating cost, excellent performance and productivity, and outstanding driver comfort.”

Peterbilt has its model 567 twin steer mixer, another model 567 mixer, and model 520 concrete pump truck on display during the show.

“Peterbilt is the most sought after brand in the concrete industry and finished 2018 with a record vocational market share in part because of the strong demand for concrete products,” said Tony Sablar, Peterbilt’s vocational marketing manager. “Customers visiting the show will be able to experience first-hand the innovations in uptime, safety and connectivity that Peterbilt has introduced in its vehicles. The Model 567 has a leading reputation as one of the most rugged, reliable and technologically advanced vehicles in its class. The Model 520 is a versatile workhorse that has evolved into one of the preferred vehicles in the vocational segment. We are proud to display both vehicles at World of Concrete.”

Mack Trucks is showcasing several mixers and pump trucks during World of Concrete, including the Granite Axle Back twin steer mixer, volumetric mixer, and a third concrete mixer.

Mack also brought the Granite Axle Forward bridge formula mixer, as well as the TerraPro Cabover pump truck and 8×4 pumper.

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Geez, where do they find these scruffy and clueless guys?

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Seriously, would you buy a truck from this guy? Has he ever even driven a truck?

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It's the new trend. Because I know FAR more about trucks and what options are available than every single salesman I have talked to in the last 10 years. I knew ONE good Mack salesman and he finally had enough and changed careers.

Now back to my original thought.....I'm surprised to see that Mack mixer in LaFarge colors because they announced not long ago they were switching to all Peterbilt and praising how great Pete's are.

I know for two seasons I was seen hundreds of new LaFarge Pete's coming through town here getting delivered.

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Probably saved enough on the Petes to get a couple of extra. Also saw on the internet where Paccar leasing leased their 1000th  truck from Paccar. Not necessarily a thousand trucks to LaFarge

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On ‎1‎/‎22‎/‎2019 at 9:03 PM, kscarbel2 said:

Seriously, would you buy a truck from this guy? Has he ever even driven a truck?

That is one strange presentation.  He spoke of the U.S. economy in 2018 and 2019, and the class 8 truck market in 2018 and 2019, and never a single word about Mack's share of the market, or plans to grow their share, or new products, or new initiatives.  No mention at all of the opportunity for Mack and their plan(s) to go forward.  If that was his entire pitch, then it is a performance that would pretty quickly result in termination at most companies. 

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3 hours ago, 6368 said:

at least the MR looking thing had camelback.  Does anyone really want mdrive in something like that.  Seriously, Why not just get the allison? 

 Only because Volvo builds rebrands their trans as the mDrive. Need to keep the Swede in Mack.

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Mack mDrive HD Transmission Coming to TerraPro Concrete Pumper Models

Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT)  /  January 23, 2019

[Volvo Group subsidiary] Mack Trucks will offer the mDrive HD [the Mack badged version of the Volvo i-Shift] automated manual transmission (AMT) in Mack TerraPro concrete pumper models beginning in 2019.

Mack says the fully integrated 12- and 14-speed mDrive HD AMTs will improve performance and offer durability and uptime benefits in an easy-to-operate package. All Mack mDrive HD AMTs come standard with split-shaft PTO functionality. Instead of taking power from a transmission- or engine-mounted PTO, split-shaft PTOs receive output directly from the transmission, supplying higher torque for large auxiliary equipment including concrete pumps.

“The mDrive HD is the only AMT available with split-shaft PTO functionality, which enables us to offer concrete pumper customers all the benefits of the mDrive HD and our fully integrated powertrain,” said John Walsh, vice president of marketing for Mack Trucks. “In addition to improved performance and productivity, the mDrive HD helps increase jobsite safety. Eliminating traditional shifting allows drivers to focus on safely operating their equipment.”

In TerraPro concrete pumpers, the mDrive HD will be paired exclusively with the 11-liter Mack MP7 engine, and will be available with higher horsepower and torque ratings than equivalent models with conventional automatic transmissions. That includes the MP7’s top rating of 425 hp and 1,560 lb.-ft. of torque. The mDrive HD for TerraPro concrete pumper models is available as a 13-speed direct drive or overdrive, as well as a 14-speed direct drive.

With ruggedized internal components, including stronger gears and synchros, the mDrive HD is built to withstand the frequent shifting often found in construction applications. The 13- and 14-speed variants also feature low-ratio creeper gears, offering improved startability and ultra-low speed maneuverability.

All mDrive HD AMTs feature a transmission-mounted oil cooler to help maintain optimal operating temperatures, even in the face of repeated, heat-generating shifts. The transmission also includes advanced standard features like Rock Free, which allows drivers to free stuck vehicles by rocking the truck back and forth simply by pumping the accelerator, and Auto Neutral, which improves jobsite safety by automatically putting the mDrive into neutral when the parking brake is set. Additional features like Grade Gripper, which helps prevent rolling backward on an incline, are also included, as well as MaxBrake, and Performance Mode.

The Mack mDrive HD in Mack TerraPro concrete pumper models will be available for order in February 2019.

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Grayhair: Actually the poor guy has nothing positive to say about Mack going forward because maybe there is nothing to say. Paccar is kicking Mack's ass in construction and waste removal.

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Volvo's TerraPro (MRU) is NOT the first application of an AMT in a "cabover pumper", and an Allison would be better in this vocational application anyway.

Why, in year 2019, is the driver (with something in her nose?) bouncing up and down as though she was riding a bronco. I haven't seen such in decades.

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The Postal Service's drivers had few complaints about the MC tractor's ride, but when they switched to MRs in the 90s they quickly had nearly a hundred workers comp injuries due to the "bucking bronco" ride. Mack swapped the front springs for something softer but that never totally solved the problem. I suspect the 3/8" MR frame was simply too stiff for the application and the low profile drivers seat simply didn't have enough travel. Sad that after two decades Volvo still hasn't fixed the MR's ride problems...

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On 1/24/2019 at 6:37 AM, kscarbel2 said:

The mDrive HD is the only AMT available with split-shaft PTO functionality,

No...... The volvo i-shift offers it too... They're the same transmission...

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2 hours ago, Maxidyne said:

The Postal Service's drivers had few complaints about the MC tractor's ride, but when they switched to MRs in the 90s they quickly had nearly a hundred workers comp injuries due to the "bucking bronco" ride. Mack swapped the front springs for something softer but that never totally solved the problem. I suspect the 3/8" MR frame was simply too stiff for the application and the low profile drivers seat simply didn't have enough travel. Sad that after two decades Volvo still hasn't fixed the MR's ride problems...

Finally got the bandwidth to watch the video, looks more like "road lope" like you see in short wheelbase farm tractors, wheel loaders, etc.. With all Volvo's gee whiz tech you'd think they'd solve that, but maybe they're saving active suspension for a couple years from now?

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NICE Got A V8 In that puppy Kevin?

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Looks like it has a V8. Mack dealer in Minneapolis had a 6 axle 2007 MR sit there forever, they get a lot of trucks in for Schwing whose factory is nearby. Was tri-drive with 3 steering axles and the 3rd of the rear driven axles had a power divider, perhaps the plan was to add a powered rear steering axle?

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5 hours ago, fjh said:

NICE Got A V8 In that puppy Kevin?

Yes sir......a 620 horsepower Scania V8.

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