List of autoshift companies.
Anyone have an updated list of autoshift companies?
Thanks in advance.
Automatic transmissions get you killed. To elaborate:the transmission is a key component in the safe descent off any mountain. Allowing a computer to hold a gear or not allowing you to downshift because of speed/RPM is just a bad idea. There have been a marked increase in runaway trucks since the inception of the autoshift. It may not nessecarily be directly related to a malfunction of the autoshift but most likely a misunderstood transmission whose complex nature require MANUAL intervention to help in a safe descent off a mountain. Stop trying to fix what's not broken and shift manually! No amount of training for the autoshift can substitute for downshifting a stick into 8th without thought or concern. As a driver we do little enough as it is behind the wheel.
Last edited by fz1rider; 05-03-2015 at 08:53 AM.
Well, what about truckers like me that have had four right shoulder rotator cuff tears and two surgeries?
My surgeon recommended I use an automatic because if I have one more tear, I'll need full shoulder replacement and medicine has perfected hips and knees, but shoulders, not so much.
Going downhill in an automatic just means you have to rely on driver skill and not the transmission to slow you down. Besides, automatic transmissions can be used to slow a rig, you just need to manually downshift from drive.
I believe US Xpress has some autoshift trucks. At one time Big G Xpress had autoshift. Others have been mentioned at various times, but those are the only ones that come to mind. US Xpress is based in Chattanooga, TN and Big G is headquartered out of Shelbyville, TN. Other than those two, you may want to call some carriers and ask. Covenant may offer some autoshift trucks. They are also out of Chattanooga, TN. I have driven autoshift. You can manually downshift, but they can be a little challenging to get used to for someone who has only driven manuals for most of their career. My biggest complaint with them is driving in mountains. They seem to downshift later that I would manually and you still need to downshift going down the mountain. Maverick is another carrier that has autoshift. I didn't mention them due to them being a flatbed carrier. However, I believe they are now running some reefers. Good luck with the job search. Let us know if you find one that will work for you. It might help someone else.
Companies that are mostly automatic:
Hirshbach Motor Lines
Companies that have some autmatics:
This isn't an exclusive list, but it's something.
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Kool trans are all the new freightliner cascadia evo's with the dt12 transmission, very different than the old autos in the past. Up hill does good and down hill that jake is awesome and strong. They just didnt work out for me but very nice trucks with fridges and they are adding inverters as you get back to main terminal.
Perhaps you are unfit to drive. I suppose your truck better have power steering and extra hand rails to enter and exit the truck. I apologize but we have gone from real CMV drivers, to steering wheel holders, and now companies just want "meat in the seat". Add enough Nanny systems and all will be well.... NOT!
Have you consulted your doctor about the advisability of handling freight??
Originally Posted by Super_Trucker723
Maybe I'm splitting hairs, but Autoshifts aren't Automatics and still have clutches. Probably not what the intent was.
Originally Posted by EddieVHrules
I'm by no means an athlete or marathon runner but it sounds like you should not be in control of an 80.000 lbs commercial vehicle.
That is correct, but I think the auto shift transmissions are a thing of the past now. They were junk to start with since they did not shift at the right points and did not skip gears. The new automatics have automatic clutches and from my experience from Macks' M-shift and volvos I shift (same transmission) they can/will start in 3rd and skip gears all day long. Great trans, but i think the programming could be adjusted a bit. I kept running into the problem that I would crest a mountain, let off the pedal , start down a grade and the darn thing would downshift, then refuse to up shift even when going into overrev territory. Mind you, the grades were safely passable in the higher gear just using the engine brake. definitely programmed for rookies.
Originally Posted by snatale42
But back to the OP question... Most medium and larger outfits now have automatics. At this point you have to actually look for a carrier the still has manuals. I miss a 13 speed, you seem to shift less than with a 10.
How many times have you run the Brooks Range in Alaska or Thompson pass down in to Valdez on the coast? I have done that with automatics in class 8's. You can use manual mode in any HD automatic or auto shift and have it hold the gear on a decent. You obviously have zero experience with automatics and auto shifts. I was operating trucks in Alaska at the end of the 80's with Allison automatics in them. Of course, the auto shifts came along much later. But they do work and work well. The only reason I don't use them is that the Allison TC-10 is too heavy and the auto shifts are not cost effective when I am writing the check for a truck.
Originally Posted by fz1rider
Auto shifts a thing of the past? Volvo, for one, somewhere around 40% of their truck sales have auto shifts in them, specifically the iShift. Freightliner and WS, the percentage of auto shifts, specifically the DT12, has been on a steady increase as well. Somehow I get the feeling that auto shifts are not going away any time soon. The only "automatic" is the Allisons. All the others are auto shift manual transmissions.
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