Swift: What Transmissions?

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Cleft_Asunder's Comment
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Does Swift run straight 10's or super 10? I'm going to be so confused if it's a straight 10 since I'm used to the 13-speed.

Brian M.'s Comment
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Swift is changing over to automatics at the present time. I believe they use 10s right now as well until they switch everything over. I'm so sure a swift driver will pop there head in the conversation soon. They would be able to give you better info.

C. S.'s Comment
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They have a big mix: 9, (straight)10, 13 speeds and automatics. Have not heard of them having any super tens but it wouldn't surprise me. Most of the 13 speeds that I'm aware of are lease purchase trucks that have retired into company use. Nearly all their Freightliners are 9-speeds to my (admittedly limited, completely anecdotal) knowledge.

They are supposedly making the transition to all automatic "smart trucks" with lane departure warnings, automatic braking, etc. Starting this year and to be fleet wide by 2017. Or that's what a Qualcomm message said in late March. We shall see.

It's possible you'll get a 13 speed but just as likely you won't. *sighs wistfully* I trained on a 13 and I sure do miss it on the mountains. Then again, I also trained on reefer where the loads were 2-3x as heavy as what I usually pull now. So I guess I can't complain.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Cleft_Asunder's Comment
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I was in a cascedia 13-speed. I hope I get a truck I'm happy with because I really don't like the pro star or the peterbilt. I'm curious about the volvo's and kenworth t660/t680's.

Mr. Smith's Comment
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Im in a 2014 Cascadia evolution Eaton Fuller 9 speed

C. S.'s Comment
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Volvos and Freightliners seem to be the most commonly assigned to newbies, although it's really a tossup. If you get a KW it will almost certainly be a retired lease-op truck. I've heard that they are somewhat resistant to assigning them to rookies because of the longer wheel base.

The good news is if you get a 9 speed it will be the same shift pattern as the 13, just without the splitter. So no learning curve really. In the end it won't matter what truck you get, they all have their own little quirks and issues. Just hope you get a truck that has a suspension dump switch, it can be an inconvenience not having one at times.

Cleft_Asunder's Comment
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Im in a 2014 Cascadia evolution Eaton Fuller 9 speed

Is the 9 speed fun to drive? The 13 definitely was.

Cleft_Asunder's Comment
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Volvos and Freightliners seem to be the most commonly assigned to newbies, although it's really a tossup. If you get a KW it will almost certainly be a retired lease-op truck. I've heard that they are somewhat resistant to assigning them to rookies because of the longer wheel base.

The good news is if you get a 9 speed it will be the same shift pattern as the 13, just without the splitter. So no learning curve really. In the end it won't matter what truck you get, they all have their own little quirks and issues. Just hope you get a truck that has a suspension dump switch, it can be an inconvenience not having one at times.

Thanks for the all the info!

Trucktographer's Comment
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Upon upgrading I was assigned a 2015 KW T680 with a 10-speed.

And yes, it has a huge wheelbase on it. Makes parking in tight docks a challenge. But Ive enjoyed it for the most part.

Cleft_Asunder's Comment
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Upon upgrading I was assigned a 2015 KW T680 with a 10-speed.

And yes, it has a huge wheelbase on it. Makes parking in tight docks a challenge. But Ive enjoyed it for the most part.

Bigger wheel base but bigger sleeper, right? Those 680's are so nice in the inside! The 660 too. Very high quality.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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