Feeders...What gear to you start in?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by brown67, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. brown67

    brown67 Active Member

    What gear do you start in? Always 1st or does it depend on whether you are bobtailing or pulling triples. New feeder driver and I've a couple of different things. Driving an International 10 speed.
  2. City Driver

    City Driver New Member

    3rd is the magic gear for me, 4th if im bobtailing

    2nd if heavy and very rarely 1st if heavy and on a hill
  3. raceanoncr

    raceanoncr Well-Known Member

    I always start out in brown uniform gear. If I have to pre/post-trip in rain or snow, I change to rain gear. As the night progresses, I may switch to just t-shirt and pants gear. If the trip is REALLY long, well, again, "don't ask, don't tell".

    That help?

    Oh, wait a min. You meant transmission gear? "Nevermind".
  4. feederdriver06

    feederdriver06 former monkey slave

    basically you're starting out in whatever gear it takes to move the equipment without slipping the clutch excessively . Bobtail could be third or fourth - pulling a load could be first or second. Also type of trans makes a difference on the start up gear.
  5. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Forward works best.
  6. Highwayman

    Highwayman Member

    First for unhooking. Second on road with loads (doubles). 4th bobtail.:happy2:
  7. Old International

    Old International Now driving a Sterling

    2nd for everything, then skip gears if bobtailing- ie 2--4--6--8--10. I only use 1st if I have 200%, and have to go up Mt. Everest.


    Almost always 2nd unless on a hill...then 1st
  9. JimJimmyJames

    JimJimmyJames Big Time Feeder Driver

    "Lo" being considered "1st", I start off in "2nd" with a load.

    Bobtailing, I start off in "5th".

    If you are going by the shift diagram, I start off in 1st for loads and 4th when I bobtail.

    I only use "Lo" starting on a hill.
  10. anonymous6

    anonymous6 Guest

    I start out in top gear cause too lazy to shift.

    usually blow one drive line a week though.
  11. over9five

    over9five Senior Member Staff Member

    I always start in 1st, low if I have a load.

    Am I working to hard by shifting too much????
  12. tae111

    tae111 Member

    I usually start out in 3rd with most loads. If I'm bobtailing I start out in 5th.
  13. JimJimmyJames

    JimJimmyJames Big Time Feeder Driver

    I would say rowing through all the gears when bobtailing seems like more work :happy2:.
  14. JimJimmyJames

    JimJimmyJames Big Time Feeder Driver

    Hmm, but then again I use the clutch when I shift so maybe I am also doing too much work!
  15. feederdriver06

    feederdriver06 former monkey slave

    Our tractors have clutches ?:funny:
  16. over9five

    over9five Senior Member Staff Member

    Me too.