What Type Of Transmission Does Your Company Use? Making A Master List.

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey everyone, I'm building a master list of trucking companies and the type of transmission they're running. You can find the list here:

Type Of Transmissions Used By Trucking Companies

I get a lot of questions about this so we need a list for people to reference. Just list your company name and either:

1) All automatics

2) All standard

3) Mix of both

Also, let me know:

Is your company is in the process of switching to automatics?

If your company trains new drivers, do they train on standards or automatics?

Thanks so much!

PackRat's Comment
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Crete Carrier Corporation. My current truck is a manual. Fleet is a mix. Am told within three years, it will be a completely automatic transmission fleet. Trainers have a mix. Mainly, it depends on what each student can drive.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Heartland Express (formerly Interstate). Currently a mix of both, but mostly 10 speed manuals. As far as I know, there's no plan to go fully one way or the other at this point.


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USMC AAV's Comment
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CT Transportation is All Auto Fleet!

USMC AAV's Comment
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Hey Brett I talked to my buddy. He is a trainer at Millis. He said that they are almost completely switched over to Auto's there also. I know Maverick is Auto as well (entire fleet)

G-Town's Comment
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Swift began their auto-shift transition for company trucks about 3 years ago. I believe L/O's can optionally order a manual. Any company truck tractor purchased beyond the 2nd quarter of 2015 was configured with a 12 speed auto-shift transmission. Swift enables "manual mode" allowing the driver to select and hold a specific gear. Highly relevant for safe operation on slick roads and highways.

As far as I know; the Swift Academies are still teaching on 8 and/or 10 speed manual transmissions. That said, as a result, at least for the moment there will not be an "auto" restriction on the CDL. Once in the mentoring/road training phase, it's likely an auto-shift truck will be used.

If any current grads or students can expand on this, please reply.


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  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


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LDRSHIP's Comment
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H. O Wolding has a mix of 10 speed Eaton Fuller and 12 Speed Detroit Autoshift. Eventually will be all auto, but that is years down the road.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Old Dominion is all Eaton Fuller 10 speeds I think ( the few Kenworths they have might be different.) No plans to switch to auto as they say they get better fuel mileage with manual. Depending on location they train right out of school on a.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Great start everyone - thanks! Here you'll find the page I'm building for it:

Type Of Transmissions Used By Trucking Companies

I'm completely updated up to this point. If you don't see your company listed and you can help out, please do. Thanks!

Big Scott's Comment
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CFI is almost finished switching to an all automatic transmission. They have a manual option but no clutch. There are a few older trucks with manual but they are being replaced. Here is what they look like.

0235679001516142811.jpg This is the shifting lever.


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