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Dana381

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I'm interested in the general reception of the new Mack truck. Do the soldiers and maintainers like them? Are they as capable as advertised?

I am not a CAF member just a civilian who is very interested in seeing our soldiers, sailors, and airmen/women get the equipment that need and deserve. When this contract was awarded I was working for a Mack dealer as a mechanic and couldn't wait to see these vehicles working for the CAF. Despite first deliveries being 04/2018 I have only seen a couple pics on combat camera of one truck being delivered in Libya. I can't wait for in service pictures to surface especially of the Mack milcot's like the tri-drive Titan's. The last Titan's ever built and the only ones with a sleeper. The only pictures i have seen they were still in the factory and hadn't had the chrome pieces powder coated yet.

I truly hope these trucks serve the soldiers very well. as a Mack mechanic the majority of the repairs we did were related to the emission systems. How troublesome have the emission control systems been for the maintainers? I am assuming that these trucks will not derate performance due to emissions faults like their commercial counterparts however if left unchecked plugged or malfunctioning exhaust systems can eventually cause the engine to not be able to run.
 

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Dana381 said:
I'm interested in the general reception of the new Mack truck. Do the soldiers and maintainers like them? Are they as capable as advertised?

I am not a CAF member just a civilian who is very interested in seeing our soldiers, sailors, and airmen/women get the equipment that need and deserve. When this contract was awarded I was working for a Mack dealer as a mechanic and couldn't wait to see these vehicles working for the CAF. Despite first deliveries being 04/2018 I have only seen a couple pics on combat camera of one truck being delivered in Libya. I can't wait for in service pictures to surface especially of the Mack milcot's like the tri-drive Titan's. The last Titan's ever built and the only ones with a sleeper. The only pictures i have seen they were still in the factory and hadn't had the chrome pieces powder coated yet.

I truly hope these trucks serve the soldiers very well. as a Mack mechanic the majority of the repairs we did were related to the emission systems. How troublesome have the emission control systems been for the maintainers? I am assuming that these trucks will not derate performance due to emissions faults like their commercial counterparts however if left unchecked plugged or malfunctioning exhaust systems can eventually cause the engine to not be able to run.

Hartzell pointed out that every SMP, built at the rate of four a day on a dedicated line parallel to Mack’s commercial line in Allentown, Pa., which can push out 100 vehicles a day, is delivered with a commercial cab. The 160 armoured options, mostly steel and composites, were a separate deliverable by Dumur.

So we had Mack build a special line, which will close down, to deliver 1500 trucks over a two year period when the existing Allentown line could have delivered the entire order in a month.  Nothing wrong with our procurement system at all.

https://canadianarmytoday.com/better-logistical-support-petawawa-takes-delivery-of-first-smp-trucks/

 

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That is not a procurement problem.  It's a regional economic development policy problem.

(I recall a long ago book by Alan Fotheringham who pointed out that, since the onset of DREE and other such plans to boost the economy in areas of Canada that unemployment increased in the targeted areas...

 

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Frankly we should of ordered more then 1500, maybe 3000? give us plenty of room to grow, spares, etc.... As for OP's question hard to say from a maintainer point of view for awhile yet, simply due to contract warranty obligations we can't fix these trucks, we have to send them off to the manufacturer to be repaired. We seriously need to stop writing this into contracts, it does more harm then good from a CAF perspective. I have heard they are great trucks though, heard of one break line breaking off road, that's about it. I look forward to getting the drivers course to drive the MRT variant we just received at my unit.
 

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Chris Pook said:
So we had Mack build a special line, which will close down, to deliver 1500 trucks over a two year period when the existing Allentown line could have delivered the entire order in a month.  Nothing wrong with our procurement system at all.

https://canadianarmytoday.com/better-logistical-support-petawawa-takes-delivery-of-first-smp-trucks/
Where do you see where "we" had them build a special line? There's no economic benefit to Canada for that, the Canadian Mack plant shut down in the 90s. Maybe Mack did it them self to meet the timelines of the contract while not impeding the production of its main products.
 

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Thanks for the input MilEME09, I can certainly see why the MILCOTS trucks go to a dealer for warranty repairs, I honestly didn't think Mack would offer warranty on the SMP units as they will spend so much time off road.

As for the special line my understanding is Volvo/Mack assembled them at a closed Prevost factory in Quebec. I think Volvo moved Prevost assembly to their Nova Bus factory in the U.S.. Volvo/Mack/Renault does not assemble the Kerax in North America or any other Renault model for that matter. I believe I read somewhere that they assembled them in Quebec simply to satisfy the made in Canada conditions of the contract.

That brings me to one of the reasons for my question. As Mack does not sell these trucks in North America I do not have any experience with them so I have no idea how reliable they will be. The Volve D11/ Mack MP7 engine they have is a decently reliable engine. I'm not sure of the rest of the specs.

I think the Titan looks Badass they way they built it for the army! This is one of the only pics i have found of it and its not loaded. I would love to see pics of it hauling a leopard tank. (which is what I was told its purpose is).
 

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Mack is owned by Volvo AB.  Not the car company anymore.  Volvo also owns Nova Bus and Prevost Car in Quebec.  They were going to put a sub line at Novi at the start but they changed the plan. The Mack that Canadian purchased is a Renault (Volvo also owns Renault Truck division.  They gave the Mack name for marketing.  Most of the parts will come from Europe. 

One more thing their is just one truck assembly plant in Canada. Paccar (Kenworth Peterbuilt). The plant is outside of Montreal.  Mack closed in Mississauga. International closed in Chatham. Sterling in St Thomas closed and so did Western Star in BC
 

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I just stumbled across this video of a gentleman in a U.S. dealer lot doing a walk around of one before it was delivered to the CAF. https://youtu.be/epPZ6aTVOuY

I was disappointed they have A Mack Maxitorque 18 speed manual. Its a decent transmission but a pain to repair. The Eaton 18 speed is just as reliable but much much cheaper and easier to maintain.

The factory microwave and TV was a nice touch. I have never seen a Mack with those options installed.
 

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Dana381 said:
I was disappointed they have A Mack Maxitorque 18 speed manual. Its a decent transmission but a pain to repair. The Eaton 18 speed is just as reliable but much much cheaper and easier to maintain.

This is interesting to me as well as with the last Mack I had the only Mack part was the bulldog.
 

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I know that is not the SMP truck. If you read my original post I also commented that I am also eager to see pictures surface of the Titan's and any other MILCOT Macks working for the army.
 

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Dana381 said:
I know that is not the SMP truck. If you read my original post I also commented that I am also eager to see pictures surface of the Titan's and any other MILCOT Macks working for the army.

The long haulers are pretty nice, my unit received two of them, (initially only one after the other was mistakenly shipped to Gagetown), our MSE Ops love em, already done a few long hauls with em. They are great pieces of kit that will have great utility especially for larger EX's and ops where we could flat deck some of the older, slower vehicles.
 
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