Detroit DT12 with PTO

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Detroit Diesel has announced the coming availability of a power take-off (PTO) option for its Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission.

Both the direct and overdrive DT12s are available for order with a proprietary rear mounted PTO on original Freightliner Cascadia models and Western Star 5700XE trucks. However, it’s not scheduled to be available for the new Freightliner Cascadia until January 1, 2018. The Western Star release date is unknown at this point.

The DT12 has been spec’d by about 65% of Cascadia customers and approximately 85% of those buying the 5700XE in 2016.

The PTO introduction is aimed largely at customers in the bulk-haul tractor trailer segment. It’s tailored for stationary operation on 100% pavement only. Targeted applications include liquid trailers, dry goods, wet goods, and moving floors.

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Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to

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