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No: 13751   Contributor: Harry Hagglund   Year: 2012   Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz   Country: United Kingdom
Mercedes 2035 T Brady & Sons

D147CEO Mercedes Powerliner 6 x 2 of T Brady & sons of Barrow in Furness Uk
Picture added on 12 April 2012 at 10:16
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I drove one of these a few times, an F reg with the EPS box, not a bad lorry, but will admit the gearbox caught me out more than once.

Added by Andrew Wright on 12 April 2012.
Rest assured you are not the only driver to be caught with these gearboxes,
mine had a habit of finding "false neutral"when you came to a roundabout or junction and you had to restart the engine to re-boot the computer.very embarrassing, cant beat a 13 speed Fuller, or Eaton twin splitter.

Added by Andy Wilson on 15 April 2012.
If my recollections are correct, some of these models were fitted with the conventional gearbox from the previous series at buyer's insistence. The 1729 4x2 comes to mind. In my opinion, ERF got it right by offering 9/13 sp. Fuller, Twin splitter - and SAMT to compete with EPS. Allso fitted by MAN, SAMT never proved very popular although it was quite reliable as it was basically a Fuller 'box I think.

Added by Peter Goodall on 16 April 2012.
I drove a j plate Iveco with the Eaton Twin Splitter, and must admit to struggling with it, as the owner was with me. One day a second driver and myself went with the lorry, and I managed far better. One box I'd like a bash at again one day.

Added by Andrew Wright on 16 April 2012.
Hi Peter, the Merc with the E.P.S. that I drove came from the B.R.S.truck rental fleet and like most hired in trucks had had a lot of driver abuse, nowadays manufacturers tend to put more effort into driver training on new equipment.I did triple shift an E.R.F with SAMT
which probably had every driver under the sun on it and it never let me down over 4 years.Also remember with great affection the Leyland Beaver I had with a semi-auto box [4 speed+ splitter]same as the London buses I think Regards Andy

Added by Andy Wilson on 16 April 2012.
Eaton twin splitter.......... loved that gearbox, only use the clutch to set off & stop, and super fast changes once you'd got used to it. I used to drive a 290 ERF which wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding, but the twin splitter made it tolerable (slowly)

Added by Harry Hagglund on 01 December 2012.
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