Any companies still have manual transmissions?

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  1. Harvest

    Harvest Bobtail Member

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    Doing a refresher course, learning in a 10 speed. And honestly, it is allot of fun shifting. I feel more in control of the truck, and downshifting through the gears is satisfying as hell. Would love to work with a company that still has manuals as an option so I can really master the art of shifting. Obviously this is just a small detail when it comes to finding the right company for me. I am located in Delaware if that helps.
     
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    Mostly owner operators have manual transmissions, these days. Big trucking companies go with automatics because so many drivers can’t shift properly, so to maximize fuel efficiency and lower wear and tear on the transmission, they go with auto shifts.
     
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  4. RiggerWings

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    I saw a Stephens Transport truck yesterday that was banging through the gears after a red light. It was a Stephens logoed truck but could still be an owner operator I suppose.
    I'm just looking to get into trucking, but I too wouldn't mind a company that still has manuals. It keeps you more in control, seems like a gas saver, and definitely seems more enjoyable.
     
  5. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    A manual don't save fuel any more than an auto does. They go through the gears the same way. A manual doesn't give you any more control than an auto does. You have the ability to control speed in both. The only reason drivers want a manual is too fit "a look." Whatever they think a trucker us supposed to look like, many want to fit the movie mold of a driver. Whether it's a manual or an auto, a driver had to learn how to drive any truck he gets in. In many ways they're all the same, but there are intricacies that create differences between them.
     
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  6. Jamie01

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    As a new driver, I preferred a manual for backing, being able to control my speed by feathering the clutch. With experience, it's become less of an issue so I'm OK with automated transmissions.
     
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  7. Tyler-CSP Mobile

    Tyler-CSP Mobile Bobtail Member

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    all the big companies go with automatics because a lot of drivers cant shift right but smaller companies still go with manuals or owner operaters
     
  8. MacLean

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    Also depends on the truck and which Automated it has. I find the Eaton Ultrashift is more jerky than the Volvo & Detroit transmissions. And also it’s all about how they’re tuned.
     
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    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Price
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    Manuals are simpler
     
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  10. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    We still don't have any automatics and I don't see that changing any time soon. As time goes by we're doing more and more off road work in the mountains and the 18s seem to hold up better.
    Some of our older trucks still have the 6 &4 boxes and the drivers like them just fine.
    Point of interest...we have twenty five drivers and the youngest is 45 years old. With the age, experience, and productivity level of our drivers I think we'll keep giving them what works best for them.
     
  11. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    Say what you want....think what you want.....but shifting in stop-n-go, rush hour, bumper-to-bumper (so to speak) traffic pretty much blows.....:rolleyes:

    -- Lual
     
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