International Pro Star Or Freightliner Cascadia?

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Clark's Comment
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Which would you guys choose and why?

OOS:

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Fatsquatch 's Comment
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I have driven both, and I would run as fast as I can away from the FailStar. Why? The ride quality is atrocious, unless you're a rodeo cowboy. You will get nearly thrown from the seat by every little crease and wrinkle on the highway, and God help you on an actual patch of rough road. Also, they're shop queens. You will find yourself in the shop having some damn thing or another replaced at least monthly, and usually not for the first time either. Oh, and they leak through the roof. Not a big deal in summer, but when you're driving through a snowstorm in Minnesota, the last thing you want is a cascade of nearly-freezing water pouring into your crotch from above.

Of course, these are merely my experiences and opinions. Take from them what you will.

Rob S.'s Comment
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The Freightliner has the Detroit Assurance safety system which looks pretty nifty. Haven't driven either, so take it as armchair opinion.

Detroit Assurance video

mountain girl's Comment
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Freightliner Cascadia with an Eaton-Fuller 10 is a very nice tractor. Love it.

-mountain girl

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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This brings to mind a a thought I have had recently (do you smell smoke?)

Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, International, and Volvo all seem to be the "go to" flavors for a lot of fleets. That still leaves out two other flavors. Mack, and Western Star.

Now I know that Mack, and WS are largely used for heavy duty grunt work, and are mainly daycab style. However, I have just seen the 2016 Western Star 5700 XE, on youtube, and I would hop in one of these in a second.

Are there any companies that run Western Stars as fleet trucks? Or is this a new thing for Western Star, getting into the "OTR type" market? I rarely see them in these parts.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

G-Town's Comment
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This brings to mind a a thought I have had recently (do you smell smoke?)

Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, International, and Volvo all seem to be the "go to" flavors for a lot of fleets. That still leaves out two other flavors. Mack, and Western Star.

Now I know that Mack, and WS are largely used for heavy duty grunt work, and are mainly daycab style. However, I have just seen the 2016 Western Star 5700 XE, on youtube, and I would hop in one of these in a second.

Are there any companies that run Western Stars as fleet trucks? Or is this a new thing for Western Star, getting into the "OTR type" market? I rarely see them in these parts.

Mack has a presence in several large fleets, namely UPS and ABF. Don't know about Western Star.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

ATXJEHU's Comment
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The Cascadia(s) I have driven over the past three years have proven to be very dependable (one had a few weird electronic issues). Have not driven the Prostar, but hear they (2008-20012) are prone to breakdowns, but I do like the looks of their interiors (which does not help to keep them running!).

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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I have driven both International's & Cascadia's. Talking to lots of drivers who have driven the ProStar hated them (but they also had MaxForce engines). The ProStar I drove had a Cummins engine, had no issues with it.

I currently drive a Cascadia and love it. I would drive either anytime (but if the ProStar has a MaxForce engine might shy away from it).

Ernie

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Oddly enough, I've seen a couple of those new Western Stars in CR England's fleet. It's a good looking truck but I'm still more of a classic look type of guy, gimme a 379 Pete, KW W9 or Freightliner Classic anytime. Oh, the new Freightliner Coronado is nice too. I did talk with a driver a few weeks back who had a Mack and he said he wouldn't trade it for the world. At first he didn't think he would like it apparently but he couldn't believe how nice the ride was which is a huge change over the way Mack trucks used to ride (kidney busters)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Andy S.'s Comment
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I've been in both and really do not like the International. The ride is terrible and the reliability is as bad as the ride. I also don't like the way the seat, steering wheel, dash sits. The Cascadia with the Cummings has a good ride, almost no mechanical problems, strong engine break, quite and currently a 9 MPG average. The downside is the integrated antenna is absolutely worthless.

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