Flatbed Variety

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Pat M.'s Comment
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Well the boss has been keeping me busy hauling scrap. Not the best paying loads but while I was getting unloaded today, I thought I would grab a couple of photos.....

Scrap pile....

A pile of scrap metal at a metal recycling plant

Part of the scrap pile, the belt that feeds the shredder and part of the Barko that unloads the trucks and feeds the shredder.

A scrap metal pile at a recycling plant, the belt that feeds the shredder, and part of the Barko that unloads the trucks and feeds the shredder.

My view of the unloading through the rear cab window. When you pull in there, you take all of your securement off and then pull up to the Barko....

Truck driver's view of scrap metal being unloaded from a flatbed trailer through the rear cab window

In the last two days I have hauled a total of 120k pounds of scrap in 2 loads.... 58k today and 62k yesterday. Gross was 100k and 90k.

Lady Lanes's Comment
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350 ton crane!!! WOW! That's awesome. Those are awesome pictures too! Thanks for sharing those. Really cool.

I know this isn't a picture of a load, but anytime you mention flatbed this picture comes to mind:

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That's our friend and moderator Old School in that picture. If you were going to write a book about what it takes to pull a flatbed, I'd want that picture on the cover. I think it really shows the character it takes to get out there and handle that job day in and day out. Not just on the nice weather days....not just on days you feel like working hard...but every day.

Flatbedders are a special breed.

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Thank you! That about sums it up. No, women can NOT do flatbed. Actually, let me rephrase that so I don't **** anyone off. This woman here who is posting this can not do flatbed. That bums me out because, as I understand it, flatbed pays more, but I definitely appreciate the honest answer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Women can certainly do flatbeds. The first flatbed driver from Prime that I met was a 5'4" woman and she had a load of lumber on there.

Harvey S.'s Comment
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Why are they called suicide coils?

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YIPES! Suicide Coils. OK.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Hauled another load of scrap to the shredder and then 10 miles away I picked up this.

scrap steel beams loaded on a flatbed

Pat M.'s Comment
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This is an instance where you will find that your WLL of the securement is much more than what you need. Because of the need to secure every 10 feet I have 5 straps on this load for a total WLL of 26,500 pounds. The load is only 18,000 pounds.

The Dude's Comment
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You should really put another strap on for the simple fact that odd numbers are bad luck. Actually, 6 is a bad number too. Put three more straps on.

Pat M.'s Comment
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You should really put another strap on for the simple fact that odd numbers are bad luck. Actually, 6 is a bad number too. Put three more straps on.

If I think about it 6 times does that count as 3 straps?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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You should really put another strap on for the simple fact that odd numbers are bad luck. Actually, 6 is a bad number too. Put three more straps on.

I love science and math! That's some serious trucking science and math right there.

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Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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You should really put another strap on for the simple fact that odd numbers are bad luck. Actually, 6 is a bad number too. Put three more straps on.

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If I think about it 6 times does that count as 3 straps?

It counts as 4 with certain Calculus formulas.

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