TRUCKING Kenworth Trucks At Ups Now..??

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  1. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LOST

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    going about my earlier morning errands (about 6 AM), and behind me was a UPS truck, all shiny. day cab model.

    UPS colors/logo

    i took my exit, and as it passed on by, i saw that it was a twin screw as well.

    when the heck did UPS turn to a more expensive truck over the cheaper freight shakers, volvos and macks..??
     
  2. SuperCourse

    SuperCourse Self Reliance Is It's Own Reward

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    Kenworths cost more? Why?
     
  3. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LOST

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    they always did, or are they made in China now..???
     
  4. kboomarang

    kboomarang My allah, between pie and mode AD-FREE USER

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    I would suspect what you saw Pro was a pretty basic bare bones "fleet" model, I think they all compete for sales with fleet models, you know no radio and both gauges.
     
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  5. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LOST

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    yeah, i certainly did not see chromed wheels or a stack, or naked lady mud flaps.
     
  6. Stimpy

    Stimpy Wingnut

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    Yup.... they come with little birdies sitting on the dash...... and they are going cheap cheap cheap.....
     
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  7. DCM_Doc

    DCM_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Kenworth bid lower than Mack on the 2018 ABF order. That is why they bought KWs. PACCAR has been trying to get their foot in the door to fleets for many years. Mack is a better tractor than KW. ABF went back to Mack this year.
    Volvo owns Mack. Macks have had Volvo engines for many years
     
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  8. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LOST

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    could i then assume that the K/W's have the PACCAR disposable engine as well..???

    the last mack i had at NEMF, had a mack engine. not sure, but i think it was built long before volvo bought mack.

    only drove one volvo at my former employer that i got hurt at, it was a penske loaner at the time. cannot really recall how that truck performed, as well as my route was all on flat roads.
     
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    The 2018 ABF KW's have the PACCAR engine.
     
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    BIG R GUY Coop Dispatch Ukraine interpreter

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    I saw one the other day with the big teeth on the grill...
     
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  12. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LOST

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    ok, i left NEMF in fall of 2005, so it was indeed a mack engine

    to be honest, i don't keep up with who bought out who, or who is buying what, in this scenario, UPS buying K/W's, even if they are fleet spec'd trucks.

    even when i was in the business, all that stuff never really mattered to much for me.

    it was a truck that i'd be driving doing the job. check the fluid levels, check the tires, check the lights, and off i went.

    i can appreciated others that know all the specs of all the various equipment out there.

    i guess i gave up keeping up with such things, once i left the auto repair trade, where at the garages i worked at, knowing all there was to know about the different products made it easier to repair, and chase down problems. as back then, i'd be a mechanic in a repair shop, not a dealer product specific garage, where you really only need to know, one specific line of vehicles.

    after x amount of time, the brain tires of all that internal record keeping.
     
  13. DCM_Doc

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    Working for a freight line like ABF you get experience on just about every engine, truck brand etc. That is where DCM came from. D-Detroit Diesel C-Caterpillar, Cummins M-Mack & Mercedes. Working in a dealership you probably learn more about one specific engine which probably helps you make or beat flat rate. When I was in the military I worked on just about everything imaginable. The military often had specialized equipment built for a specific need & often there was only a few in existence.
     
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  14. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LOST

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    yeah, when i was in the repair trade, i really could never beat any flat rate time.

    i was slow, and methodical,never in a rush, then have comebacks, in which in a flat rate shop, you do that repair all over again for the GIANT ZERO.

    i worked one time at a firestone store (among the worst for wrenchers that do the job correctly the first time), and i got razed a lot, cuz i was so damned methodical. (for instances like, washing the rotors in hot water and soap to remove the microscopic filings from being machined, like actually REMOVING the wheel bearings, cleaning them, drying them and hand packing them, and using BRAND NEW grease seals)...

    that took time, and "fast places" hate wasting time on such important work.

    flat rate shops, or commission repair shops (ie, firestone, goodyear, sears, pepboys), push/press you to hurry up, diagnose, fix, and drive'em out the door, for the next victim.

    which is why i loved being a good old fashion all around gas station mechanic.
     
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    That you are.... being a good old fashion .... lol :poke::grin:
     
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  16. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LOST

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    that's right...blue jeans, colored pocket t-shirts, and running shoes...

    who needs Dockers and Polo, and Ralph Laurent, when walmart will do.
     
  17. kboomarang

    kboomarang My allah, between pie and mode AD-FREE USER

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    I started out as a mechanic too, and Pro here's a guy that runs a shop in upstate New York and he has a real good Youtube site, plain spoken, very smart, and entertaining to watch and learn from especially when tracking down computer and electrical issues, it's my favorite channel to watch and look forward to his videos each week. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtAGzm9e_liY7ko1PBhzTHA
     
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  18. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LOST

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    just watched a video, where he is using an incuction heater to remove a bolt.

    i sure do wish those were around back in my days.

    the "blue knife" was about the only tool to free up rusted nuts/bolts back then.
     
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  19. kboomarang

    kboomarang My allah, between pie and mode AD-FREE USER

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    This is a longer one but it gives you an idea what his day is like, his wife runs the office, he's got a guy that just out of school that used to be a helper, and a young part time gal.
     
  20. 20_yrs_2_go

    20_yrs_2_go So we got that going for us, Wich is nice

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    You know what they say out here,

    Peter built it
    Because Ken wasn't worth it

    Who cares what ups is driving They are overdue for another bankruptcy filing so might as well go out with a bang
     
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