Any companies still have manual transmissions?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Harvest, Mar 14, 2023.

  1. Harvest

    Harvest Bobtail Member

    Feb 2, 2023
    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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  3. Veteran driver

    Veteran driver Medium Load Member

    Aug 24, 2010
    De Moines. IA
    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

    RiggerWings Bobtail Member

    Feb 28, 2023
    Valdosta, GA.
    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

    Sep 18, 2009
    Memphis, TN
    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.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2023
  6. Jamie01

    Jamie01 Light Load Member

    Dec 13, 2020
    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

    Feb 20, 2023
    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

    MacLean Road Train Member

    Sep 12, 2017
    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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  9. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

    Apr 10, 2012

    Manuals are simpler
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  10. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    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

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    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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