What Are Your Opinions On Floating Gears?

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Kris F.'s Comment
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First day at orientation i was told that floating gears damages the transmission. Is this true?

Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Old School's Comment
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Kris, which company told you this? I've heard this from a couple of different companies - Barr Nunn is one of them. The transmissions in these trucks are actually designed to be shifted without using the clutch. I think it's a silly argument, but some people stand by their stubborn conviction that you should not float the gears. There is absolutely nothing about floating the gears, when done correctly, that will damage the transmission.

Float The Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Kris F.'s Comment
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Hi Old School, Schneider trainer today said it.

Kris F.'s Comment
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When someone suggested floating gears he shook his head and said do not ever float gears because it damages the transmission.

Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Float Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Brian M.'s Comment
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Are you sure about this Kris or are they saying that during training it's a big no-no. When I finished training they said it's ok to start floating gears.

Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Kris F.'s Comment
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I do love the fact that Schneider is really strict about safety. And the instructors are friendly and answer any questions you have be it a silly question or not. they seem like a really good company.

Kris F.'s Comment
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Yes, he said many people think floating gears is ok. but never do it anytime be it in orientation or when out on your own truck. I just wanted to make sure if he was correct or not.

Floating Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Kris F.'s Comment
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Hi Brian, the reason i wanted to know is because i do not want to damage the transmission if floating is bad for it.

G-Town's Comment
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Once you learn how to shift properly and smoothly, eventually floating the gears is a natural progression. If done correctly it will not damage the transmission.

James P.'s Comment
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I think what we need to convey is "when done correctly." If your timing is good, it should come out of gear than go into the next as smooth as butter on a hot biscuit. If you jam the gears, than you'll damage the transmission.

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