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Old 15th November 2004, 19:30   #16
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when i was working in seychelles for a auto servicing company we used to repair cars ranging from small three wheelers to huge four wheeler trucks. seychelles is a very small but a beautiful country and we could roam whole of seychelles in one hour
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Old 15th November 2004, 20:48   #17
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tata 407 bus for over 100kms
swaraj mazda for some 30kms
petrol tanker for 5 kms
a tata with a long trailor (those LPG tanker thingie), only chasis before body was built for about a KM before i needed to call back the driver to help me take a U trurn
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hey, the 407 and 609 is very very similar to driving a tata sumo...

but the petrol tanker is a very different ball game. i did the mistake of taking it for a drive when it was fully loaded. if you have noticed, most truck drivers rarely use 1st gear. i found out why this was so, cause when i put it in first, the torque is so much and it hits peak before it has even moved 10 or 15 feet. also i was driving this on a winding road and it had rained a bit. i never expected the brakes to bite very hard and i just stompped on them. what happened next was very scary. since the truck was loaded, the brakes bit hard, but the fuel in the tank (full 12000 litres) just tries to keep going on. it was like locking the wheels on gravel when you are doing about 60kmph in a car. the truck just kept sliding...that was really really scary.

sorry i have not had the chance to drive a volvo but have had a look inside the cabin, also have had a look inside a Scania and MAN truck cabin. will try and post some pics.

just as an aside - have also driven a tractor - will tell you about it some other time.
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when in mangalore,had driven a B7R inside their workshop compound.did a full circle ,but was not able to reverse it in a straight line.


now am planning to take a refresher course in heavy vehicle driving .
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i did the mistake of taking it for a drive when it was fully loaded. if you have noticed, most truck drivers rarely use 1st gear. i found out why this was so, cause when i put it in first, the torque is so much and it hits peak before it has even moved 10 or 15 feet.
Tatamobile pickup truck has similar 1st gear...goes to redline in 15 feet (unloaded). But since truckwallas like to overload in India, its necessary else you'll burn the clutch.
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Old 17th July 2005, 05:57   #21
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The only truck I have driven is this:

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Old 17th July 2005, 16:46   #22
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i have driven MAN,Volvo, Mercedes Actros trucks .
From the regular 4x4 to the super powerful 8x8

operated big cranes ,crawler and tyre mounted (10 tons - 450 tons capacity)

also opperated various types of forklifts(electric/diesel) .


in india i have driven MAN 502 series prime movers
theese are special made to order tractor puller trucks and are directly imported from germany .
only a handfull of these exist in india and are one of the most powerful tractor pullers in the world !!!


12 cylinder engine produces 502 BHP
22 foward gears and 6 reverse gears
equiped with torque converters
special oil cooler
produce's almost as much torque as a diesel locomotive

can pull upto 1100 tonnes alone

cost without import duty 500,000 + euro's

FE 1-2 L/km ( litres for every KILOMETER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


in the pictures below it is seen pulling a 1000 tonne reactor to be installed in a polyester plant . the package is on special hydraulic 22 sisdeby side axle line .








Also driven a similar 6x6 prime over which has a computer controlled 22 gear, gear box ....
it is the most powerful truck in india
transmission is by ZF and only 5 were ever built .
it is said to be the most advanced gerbox ever used in a truck but due to cost ZF did not bring it into production .
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I've driven a forklift
tricky buggers , coz they have front wheel steering
Takes a while to figure that **** out
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The only truck I have driven is this:

same here samurai. i guess anyone in the US who has to move learn to drive this.
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i drive a tata 407 & an eicher regurlarly & also a hmt tractor
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Swaraj tractor. I have plowed a boulder strewn field with that trying to make it somewhat suitable for cultivation. The task took a month though i spent only a day . I even managed to get it stuck. Had to use wooden planks as there was no diffrential lock available on the model!
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Have driven lots of Mahindra tractors in the engg college..

But the most awesome piece of machinery I have seen is a Ford New Holland Combine - a Harvestor & Thresher...It's like 2 storey's in height with a Rajdoot parked next to the driver's seat..!!

Heard there are just a few such Combines in Punjab & Western UP...
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Great experiences by everyone,especially Mad Monkey.How did you manage driving such heavy-loaders???? Damn,must be an amazing experience,huh??
I seriously want to drive one now.

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well once i drove a Huge Ford Tractor...
i had gone to Bhopal for my holidays 4 years and there is a place near Bhopal where we went...
there was my Mamu's Farm, he had a Huge Ford Tractor , i drove it for like 3 hours just going places...
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i had gone to Bhopal for my holidays 4 years and there is a place near Bhopal where we went...
Where do u work? Is it 4 days or 4 years
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