Mack Trucks customers can now order a Mack mDRIVE HD automated manual transmission (AMT) in Mack TerraPro cabover concrete pumpers powered by the 13-liter Mack MP8 engine. Fully integrated with the MP8 engine and Mack axles, the 13- and 14-speed mDRIVE provides concrete pumper customers a proven solution to help improve performance, boost on-site productivity and safety and maximize uptime.
“We changed the game in 2019 with the introduction of the mDRIVE HD for the TerraPro concrete pumper, the industry’s first AMT for a cabover concrete pumper truck," says Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of North American sales and commercial operations. "We’re building on that great success by expanding our offering to pair the mDRIVE HD with the Mack MP8 engine for customers requiring higher horsepower.”
Mack customers requiring pumpers with longer booms, starting in the 30-meter to 40-meter range, prefer bigger pumps and higher horsepower to power the pumps to move concrete through the boom. The mDRIVE HD paired with the MP8 engine, delivers up to 505 hp and 1,860 ft.-lb. of torque. The mDRIVE HD features split-shaft PTO functionality, receiving output directly from the transmission, creating higher torque for large auxiliary equipment like concrete pumps.
The Mack mDRIVE HD features ruggedized internal components, including stronger gears and synchros and is built to withstand the rigors of jobsites and frequent shifting often found in construction applications. The 13- and 14-speed mDRIVE HD AMTs feature low-ratio creeper gears that enable improved startability and ultra-low speed maneuverability.
“The integrated mDRIVE and MP8 engine pairing delivers on the needs of high horsepower concrete pumping applications and eliminates the need for traditional shifting, allowing drivers to focus on safely navigating jobsites and operating their equipment,” says Tim Wrinkle, Mack construction product manager.
The mDRIVE HD also includes advanced standard features like Rock Free, which allows drivers to free stuck vehicles by rocking the truck back and forth by pumping the accelerator, and Auto Neutral, which improves jobsite safety by automatically putting the mDRIVE into neutral when the parking brake is set. Additional features include MaxBrake, Performance Mode and Grade Gripper, which helps prevent rolling backward on an incline.
To help maximize uptime, the Mack MP8 engine and mDRIVE HD are monitored by Mack GuardDog Connect, Mack’s integrated telematics solution that monitors critical fault codes. When a fault code is detected, GuardDog Connect proactively contacts 24/7 Mack OneCall agents. With Mack GuardDog Connect, several service alerts can be resolved using Mack Over The Air (OTA), which allows customers to make unlimited driver-activated software and parameter updates, improving uptime and simplifying the update process.