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Old August 20th, 2015, 11:00 AM
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We're getting off topic a bit here but a Jacobs is often adjustable through a lo-med-hi switch. Fire trucks aren't very heavy and the transmissions are speced for the weight and the fact that the drivers are trying to get there fast, not row through a 13. They probably would not have a very aggressive engine braking setup.

It also depends a lot on ratios and engine RPM. Because the Jake turns the engine into a big air compressor, it will suck up more HP at higher RPMs, and will offer a greater mechanical advantage in lower gears.

On a heavy-spec truck tractor, or a heavy spec dump that's setup to pull a tagalong, you would be able to use very aggressive jake brake settings - you'd have enough gears to make use of it, low axle ratios, a driver that can float gears on downshift, and enough weight to need it. Running lightly loaded in the hands of a bad operator (or one goofing off) you can skid the drives pretty easily.


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