Mack mDRIVE HD Debuts in Mack TerraPro Cabover concrete pumper models

Mack Trucks
January 22, 2019
By Mack Trucks
Mack mDRIVE HD Debuts in Mack TerraPro Cabover concrete pumper models
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Mack Trucks will offer the Mack mDRIVE HD automated manual transmission (AMT) in Mack TerraPro concrete pumper models beginning in 2019, marking the first time in the industry that an AMT has been available in a cabover concrete pumper. The fully integrated 13- and 14-speed mDRIVE HD AMTs give concrete pumper customers improved performance, proven durability and maximized uptime in an easy-to-operate package. Mack made the announcement at World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas.

“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.”

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 Mack mDRIVE HD is fully integrated with Mack’s legendary engines and axles, providing additional performance and efficiency benefits for customers. In TerraPro concrete pumpers, the mDRIVE HD will be paired exclusively with the 11-litre 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 horsepower and 1,560 lb.-ft. of torque, which packs 13-litre power in an 11-litre engine. 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.

“For more than 100 years, Mack has held firm to the belief that components designed work together simply work better,” said Tim Wrinkle, Mack construction product manager. “Not only do our integrated components deliver higher performance, they also help maximize uptime for our customers.”

Like all Mack mDRIVE AMTs, the mDRIVE HD in TerraPro concrete pumper customers will be monitored by Mack’s GuardDog Connect telematics solution. GuardDog Connect, which comes standard on all Mack models powered by Mack engines, provides proactive monitoring and repair planning, real-time diagnosis of issues, repair scheduling and confirmation that needed parts are in stock and ready to install. Together with Mack ASIST and Mack’s OneCall uptime experts, GuardDog Connect delivers decision-critical information to maximize customer uptime.

The mDRIVE HD offers customers simplified maintenance compared to conventional automatic transmissions, with service intervals of up to 500,000 miles. If the mDRIVE HD does require service, customers can simply visit any authorized Mack dealer, eliminating the additional time and hassle of visiting a third party service location.

Mack’s mDRIVE HD is based on the proven design of the mDRIVE, which has been standard in Mack highway models since 2014. 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, enabling the mDRIVE HD 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 commonly found at jobsites. The mDRIVE HD 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, Performance Mode and more.

The Mack mDRIVE HD in Mack TerraPro concrete pumper models will be available for order in February 2019. For more information, visit Mack Trucks at World of Concrete 2019 in booth C5103.

Dedicated to durability, reliability and meeting the needs of customers, Mack Trucks has provided purpose-built transportation solutions for more than a century. Today, Mack is one of North America's largest producers of heavy-duty trucks, and Mack trucks are sold and serviced through an extensive distribution network in more than 45 countries. Mack trucks, diesel engines and transmissions sold in North America are assembled in the United States. Mack manufacturing locations are certified to the internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard for quality, ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems and OHSAS 18001 standard for health and safety management systems. Mack is also a proud sponsor of Share the Road, an American Trucking Associations' public information campaign aimed at enhancing the safety of our nation's roadways.

Mack Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, with its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, employs about 100,000 people, has production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2017, the Volvo Group's net sales amounted to about $39 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company. Volvo shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. For more information, please visit www.volvogroup.com.

For more information about Mack, visit our website at www.macktrucks.com.

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