Mack debuts split-shaft function for transmission, new truck configurator

Mack Trucks on Tuesday at World of Concrete in Las Vegas introduced a standard split-shaft functionality for its 12-, 13- and 14-speed mDRIVE HD automated manual transmission.

Mack Construction Product Manager Tim Wrinkle says the split-shaft functionality offers the benefits of the mDRIVE transmission to customers who need higher PTO power and torque.

Rather than taking power from an engine- or transmission-mounted PTO, split-shaft PTOs are mounted in the middle of the driveline to get output directly from the transmission, supplying more torque for auxiliary equipment.

When the split-shaft PTO is engaged, power to the axles is disconnected.

All GHG2017 F-Series mDRIVE HD AMTs can be reprogrammed with split-shaft functionality with assistance from the Mack Body Builder Support Group, allowing the transmission start in 7th thru 12th gears and shift to a desired continuous operation gear of 11th or 12th.

Online truck configurator

Mack Trucks also has launched a new online tool that enables customers to build and customize Mack Granite and Granite MHD models.

Wrinkle ays the Mack Trucks Configurator presents customers with recommended specs for seven Granite applications, plus six more for the Granite MHD.

“Customers can then tailor several spec options to create a truck that best fits their specific needs,” he says.

Applications covered include tractors, concrete mixers and dumps, as well as rear loaders and roll offs for refuse. Once an application is selected, customers can select exterior, interior and chassis components, along with engine, transmission and axle choices. A 360-degree view of the exterior lets customers see their choices first hand.

Once complete, customers have the option to send the configuration to their local Mack dealer for additional information and quoting. The shared configuration is also streamlined with Mack’s sales quote and ordering system, allowing customers to easily receive a quote on a new Mack Granite or Granite MHD model quickly.

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