Mack expands availability of mDrive transmission in concrete pumpers

By Chad Elmore08 June 2021

Company pairs mDrive HD with the Mack MP8 engine for customers requiring higher horsepower.

Transmission The Mack mDrive HD transmission.

Mack Trucks said its customers can now order a Mack mDrive HD automated manual transmission (AMT) in Mack TerraPro cabover concrete pumpers powered by the 13 L 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.

concrete pumper Mack TerraPro cabover concrete pumper.

Mack made the announcement during World of Concrete 2021, which started June 8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Mack’s commitment to serving the construction segment and the concrete industry has been a hallmark of our 121-year history,” said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of North American sales and commercial operations. “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. 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 said that its 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, delivering up to 505 hp and 1860 ft.-lb. of torque, is a proven combination, providing durability and power where high horsepower is necessary, said the company. 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 transmission uses stronger gears and synchros and is built to withstand the rigors of jobsites and frequent shifting often found in construction applications, said Mack. The 13- and 14-speed mDrive HD AMTs have low-ratio creeper gears that enable improved startability and ultra-low speed maneuverability.

concrete pumper Fully integrated with the MP8 engine and Mack axles, the company said 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.

“Mack’s firm belief in integrated components allows us to deliver high-performance features tailored to specific applications,” said Tim Wrinkle, Mack construction product manager. “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.”

The transmission 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 engine and transmission 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 our 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.

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