Best Truck Engines + The Worst Truck Engines: A Trucker’s Guide

What are the best truck engines and which are the worst? How do I know which truck engine will serve my needs best as an owner operator?

As simple as the question seems, there are no easy answers to these questions.

However, there are some important factors which should be considered to help you determine the best choice of  diesel engine for your semi truck.

– 300 HP Mack – 350 Cummins  – Big Cam Cummins – 1693 Cat  – 3408 Cat  – C15 Cat  – C16 Cat – 60 Series Detroit – DD 15

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Type of Work

Factors To Consider For Choosing the Best Engine For a Semi Truck

– The average load weight. – The type of terrain where you’ll be traveling. – The kind of trailer you’ll be pulling.

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Cat makes some very good engines. I’ve owned several Caterpillar engines over the years and have good things to say about them.

The 12L and 13L Volvo/Mack engines worked fairly well, although the 16 liter has had a variety of issues. Parts and skilled mechanics for these were hard to find.


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Getting the Best Truck Engine  – Tips for the Owner Operator

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