Profile For HAMMERTIME

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  • Location:
    Boise, ID

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 9 months ago

HAMMERTIME's Bio

Brett and his butt buddies are FN Retarded!

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Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Marten Transportation

Good company when it comes to Safety, they are a no chain Carrier. They will never push you to do anything your not comfortable doing. They have an automatic detention pay policy and they keep you pretty busy and when I was there it was forced dispatch. The only few things I didn't like about them was Home Time issues, I lived in Idaho and they didn't run freight in there to much and most of the time had to relay my load in a drop yard they have there. I hated their scale pay, pretty ridiculous if you ask me. Better then Prime, C.R. England, Navajo and Swift for sure.

"Personal Opinion" Okay.. so people this is just based of my experience and everyone's experience with each carrier is different.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Boots and Gloves recommendation

Nike Football Gloves for me! Super easy to clean because of the slick surface on the palms. Each time after I fuel I wipe them of and you can never tell I just got fuel or did anything with them.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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One of Those Days, or: Why I Love Driving for Interstate

Yup! Everyone is pretty friendly and they encourage drivers to interact with them vs versa. If you even want, you can sit down with your dispatcher for a day to better understand what they do. I've thought about it but I'm no longer a company driver, I can only imagine some of the crazy calls they get from drivers.

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IDC is the best, just left the Terminal this morning. I like that they don't care if you come up and bug them when you've got nothing to do. I go up and bug the O/O girls all the time and just BS about random stuff.

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IDC. Looks like Interstate Distributor Co. Right?

Sounds like the office ladies got great attitudes and like their jobs.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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One of Those Days, or: Why I Love Driving for Interstate

IDC is the best, just left the Terminal this morning. I like that they don't care if you come up and bug them when you've got nothing to do. I go up and bug the O/O girls all the time and just BS about random stuff.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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How large of an LED TV can fit in a typical sleeper? Can Sprint wifi tether stream over a smart tv?

Got a 40" LED Samsung in my truck!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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From Company truck driver to owner op questions

Your the exact reason why I keep my conversations away from some of you, if individuals wanna ask questions in private I'm willing to discuss them to the best I can. I'm just sick and tired of being trolled by people but willing to help people still. I just wish to not deal with all the negativity. I personally didn't do anything to you. If a person is asking for some input and I'm willing to give some input to him that is all, is it wrong of me to engage in a conversation with him in private to avoid being ridiculed.

You my friend are the definition of an Online Bully!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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From Company truck driver to owner op questions

I wonder if there are any successful O/O and/or Lease Operators in this forum. Seems the veteran responses are anti O/O slash Lease Ops. If there are any successful O/Os or Lease Ops on here....do you consider yourself successful? If so what suggestions do you have for those who desire to do the same?

~scott

Feel free to hit me up, I consider myself a Successful O/O it took a bit of research but I feel like I'm doing way better than I was a Company Driver. My suggestion is to drive at least 1 Year minimum to see if this is what you really wan't and learn the basics of trucking. Also 90% if what Truckers tell you is "BS" there is always more to the story, they just ain't telling because then the Story wouldn't be as juicy. I personally avoid debating such subjects on this Forum but people sometimes hit me up with questions via Email.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Lease purchase on equipment of youre choice

Schneider is only paying 65% on dry van, I'm not sure if I could ever pull the trigger on that. I would have to know what cost they cover and cost of the truck weekly to better determine if they are even a viable option at making good money.

Check out Quality Companies they have a list of Carriers they work with and see if any of those Carriers are interesting to you. If you wanna talk more about O/O options feel free to message me. I try to stay away from public chatting about being an O/O

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Who to contact

I noticed you live in Beaverton, OR. Try reaching out to Gordon Trucking before any of them, I don't know much about them but I know they have some Driver Training Program. It's not their program but I think its like a list of Qualified schools you could attend and then they reimburse you. I don't know but since you live in Norther Oregon I thought that might be the best bet for you. Their Terminal is real close to you.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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That nagging question: Can I make more money at trucking as as owner operator?

My bad misunderstood what you was saying, sounds like your a company driver just interested in the subject of being an O/O but anyways I don't have a problem with freight in the West and running through Oregon.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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That nagging question: Can I make more money at trucking as as owner operator?

I spoke with a lease operator this morning at a rest area near Canby Oregon. I asked him why he leases his truck. He stated the reasons commonly given on this forum: freedom to chose routes, fuel stops, his loads, drive ungoverned and increased home time. As we talked he said these freedom's actually cost him money and he was actually spending less time at home in Oregon because it was getting more difficult to get good paying loads back into southern Oregon where he lives. He said he has a friend who does most of his driving in the Midwest and flies back to Oregon every 6-8 weeks for home time and he's considering doing the same thing because the pay is better in the Midwest. I asked him if he would consider being a company driver again and he said he would if he could find something local, but he wasn't ready to give up his dream of owning his own truck yet. He said he's been driving 7 years, the last 3 leasing. I enjoyed the chat and wished him well as we parted ways.

I'm just curious who do you drive for and what kind of rates are you getting. All I run is I5 from L.A. to Oregon and Washington. I'm always in Oregon or Washington after I pick up a load out of California and from my experience I get some pretty decent freight. I just picked up at Ready Pac in Irwindale, CA which is right in the LA Valley and it's paying me $1.98 so I'm curious as why you can't find freight on the West Coast. I don't have problem pulling them kind of Loads out of WA or CA. Oh and this load weighs about 2000 pounds, gotta love Produce!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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First day of school

Where are you attending School?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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That nagging question: Can I make more money at trucking as as owner operator?

Bud A. I'm curious are you getting Mileage or Percentage? Have you ever heard of ATBS? I currently use them for all my accounting, they charge $20 a week. They also help track revenue per mile, cost of operating a truck per mile and fixed cost per week or month depending on how you view things. They also calculate your taxes Quarterly for you. One thing they offer is a expense report that has really helped me bring down cost on the road, I'm more aware of what I'm wasting my money on and it helps bring more money home. Obviously my revenue per mile wouldn't change but my Savings account grows. :)

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Rookie driver becoming a owner operator without hesitation

Dont be discouraged, do your research, talk to O/O's that have found success. It's possible to be a successful Owner Operator given the right environment. Msg me privately if you have questions. I'm an Owner Operator and I net 9k easily, obviously my gross is much higher but expenses can get pretty high.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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673.6 miles today

I drove 673.6 miles in 11.49 hours today total ,on duty 12.48 hours. all on e logs. just found a Wal-Mart with parking. I was scared because no parking at two truck stops and I was running out of hours. don't know if the office will be happy or mad. but I am going to sleep. I will see in the morning.

The front office might let you get away with it but sooner or later DOT will catch up to you, its still a violation. Just because safety over looks it doesn't mean they can help prevent you from receiving a citation.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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New in the field and made a bad company choice

Be careful some drivers will tell you to continue working their for 1 year! but on a much more serious note, so you didn't get your CDL? If not just walk away and cut your losses, no sense in staying with a Company that does not meet your needs. Start looking at other School Sponsored CDL Companies.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Trailer fires

I saw Swift catch on fire right in front of me, he was screaming down a grade on his brakes the whole time. This was only 7 days ago.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Route Question (South OR to Reno)

Howdy, sorry to bother but I was wondering if CA89 to CA44 to US395 is good for loaded trucks. Taking the i5 down to i80 across Donner will add some miles to my trip.

GPS and Primes directions suggest the former route, but then again I was in Arkansas on the AR27/28 the other day following that and felt like I was rock climbing in my jeep (1st gear and praying I didn't roll over).

Got two months solo and it's amazing how much you learn in those first few weeks. To anyone struggling in training, it does get better! I didn't feel ready at all and while I've been laughed at a few times I still haven't hit anything! Ha.

I take that route always when I'm going to Reno from Oregon but only in the Summer months. It's a very fun scenic route and you can speed all you want unlike I5. There are some tight turns but nothing you can't handle by just slowing down. When you get to Susanville there is this really steep quick downgrade and almost turns at the same time into the Downtown area, make sure you read that sign telling you to slow down.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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AIT Weekly Trucking School Update...

Sounds like you have actually been working hard even though it doesn't show it in class. Good Work! Now go watch a ton of Youtube videos on shifting, driving and backing up. :)

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Hours of service

When I first started driving I would go home for hometime and because I needed the money I would work while I was at home with my previous employer and then one day my buddy called me and told me that someone just called and asked if I was still working there. I had a pretty good feeling it was someone from my Trucking Company. They must have had a hunch I was still putting in hours when I was on hometime. My friends family owned the Mechanic Shop so I told them if anyone called just tell them I'm no longer employed. I don't recommend doing such a thing but I was hurting for $$$ at the time.

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