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Coincidence, a new Mack and a new Mac

Coincidence, a new Mack and a new Mac

I’ve just realised the coincidence about my last two blog posts, a new Mack truck and a new Mac computer.  The common name was purely accidental.

The big difference is that the Mack truck was on loan for a couple of days for work, the Mac laptop (Apple MacBook Pro) is mine to accomodate my photography and blogging hobbies.

Mack Superliner with a load of roller-doors
Macbook Pro box in the shipping box.

I’ve been driving a new Mack Superliner

I’ve been driving a new Mack Superliner

Mack Superliner with a load of roller-doors

With a few of our trucks in the workshop, there’s been a brand new Mack Superliner “loaner” truck at work.

The Superliner is very nice to drive and it rides very well, but most trucks do when they’re brand new.  I think the woodgrain dash panel is overkill in a truck, I guess it’s supposed to portray luxury, but trucks are made to work.

I was surprised to see both a traditional AM CB radio along with the more common UHF.  These days the UHF CB is the communication tool everyone uses on the road.  I thought the AM radios had faded away over a decade ago.

The 600 plus horsepower was nice, but the reality for me is that the Mack Superliner is like most modern trucks.  It’s comfortable and gets the job done.  Because this rig is brand new, it still looks really nice with it’s clean paintwork and shiny chrome.

The reason for this post?  To upload some of the photos I took while working with the new Mack, which I’ve also added to my “Trucks I’ve Driven” gallery.

Mack Superliner being unloaded at a construction site

New Mack

Gold Bulldog on the bonnet of this new Mack truck.

Bulldog Mack

At work I was recently handed the keys to a brand new Mack prime-mover truck.  I’ve never been too keen on American trucks (such as Kenworth and Mack), I always thought they were very crude and would opt for a Japanese truck if given the choice.

 In dash push botton auto transmission (top)

In dash push button auto transmission (top)

Modern technology is changing my view of Mack trucks.   A fully automated transmission, driven with just two pedals, heads the list of technology improving driver comfort.  The in-dash push-button operation certainly beats an 18 speed non-syncro gear-box.

Hill start assist (left button), no more rolling back when taking off on a hill.

Hill start assist (left button).

The Hill-Start function is on by default and means no more rolling backwards when starting on a hill, it can be turned off using the left button in the above photo.  Cruise Control not only looks after the throttle on long journeys, it also adjusts the transmission, brakes and engine exhaust braking.

A traditional style dash board monitors just about everything with lots of analogue gages, along with a small digital screen.

Traditional style dash board.

Traditional style dash board.