Prolly A Long Shot

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Andrew B.'s Comment
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I got an offer from lowes home improvement 15/ hr 40hrs/wk. I'm prolly going to take it because it's more than just holding a steering wheel. we install what we deliver I'm looking forward to it. Just wondering if anyone has any expirence with them. I know it's a long shot cause most guys are otr. My hats off to you otr guys I could only last 13months but I wouldn't change it for the world...be safe drivers

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I haven't heard from anyone that does that. So you would drive the delivery truck to the job site and then do the work yourself?

Kenny S.'s Comment
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I got an offer from lowes home improvement 15/ hr 40hrs/wk. I'm prolly going to take it because it's more than just holding a steering wheel. we install what we deliver I'm looking forward to it. Just wondering if anyone has any expirence with them. I know it's a long shot cause most guys are otr. My hats off to you otr guys I could only last 13months but I wouldn't change it for the world...be safe drivers

I was a district operations manager for Lowes. On that note, I'll be brutally honest with you. That job is not worth the 15/hr your making. Your essiesntally doing the job of two people AND have to deal with the general public which can be difficult to begin with. If you have your CDL , you are putting your skills to waste doing this. Don't get me worng, I enjoyed working for Lowes. But I would never fathom the idea of being a delivery/installer for them. Don't take my word for it..... ask an installer already.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I know someone who does that job for Lowes and they love it, for what its worth. Me personally. . Wouldn't be my cup of tea at all, but 8f you think you'll like it and need local, give it a try.

Andrew B.'s Comment
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Brett- yes drive to the job and install whatever we're delivering

Apreciate the input sounds like a coin flip like most things in life I won't know if I like it if I don't try. I've always been good working with people and my hands which I missed otr. We'll see what happens plus they told me we work in pairs and since I'm the driver I'm the lead guy like I said we'll see how it goes

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Andrew B.'s Comment
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The other thing I like is working 40-50 hrs and getting paid 40-50 hrs instead of working 70-80 and the dot clock saying 60...hurry up and wait

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Turbo Dan's Comment
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Last summer I ordered a load of siding for my garage from Menards, textered hardboard, 12" by 16', enough to reside my 24' by 24' garage myself . I paid for delivery, came strapped together on 4 by 4's, 2 wide like 16 pieces high,,, pretty heavy.

I live a couple blocks blocks east of Midway airport ,close to 60 th St in Chicago. I assumed delivery would be a straight flat bed or box truck. Driver rings my front door and asked where to unload,,,,,,,, He's got it on an 18 wheeler Flatbed,,, we're on 30' lots here and I need it in the alley behind my garage. I told him what I needed, he said OK,,, I said how you going to do that. His plan was to drive to the cross street at the north end of my alley, drop the trailer, unload and bring it down the alley to my garage ( I'm in the middle of the block).. I said Ok but I don't see a lift truck on your flatbed,,, he tells me he has Built in Forks & hydraulics built into the back of his tractor,,,, I've seen alot of things in my life,, but never saw that before.

After about 15 minutes I see him back his tractor up to the 16' wide load and pick it up with the forks,, manuever the tractor 180 degrees with the 16' load on a narrow cross street so he can back up a half block down my alley.. Thing was those siding planks spanned the width of the hole alley, he had lift high enough for the dropping ends to clear the garbage carts,, had to drop lower sometimes to clear wires, and steer/jog around power poles, then crab the load the best he could behind my garage to drop it were cars could get past we broke the load down to carry it into my yard.

Me being a driver, I had to ask him what his deal was with Menards,, It was His truck and trailer and he was a contractor to Menards. I didn't ask him what he made for a job like mine,, think I paid Menards 50/75 $ ... Of course I Tipped him, and I totally realized what he had to go thru for my delivery... I'm Glad I'm not an Owner Opperator on Contract to Menards....

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I've always been good working with people and my hands which I missed otr

Well then it's well worth taking a shot at it. There are a million options when you have a CDL. It's really just about finding what's right for you.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Anchorman's Comment
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I worked at Lowe's for 4 years between 2006-2010. I was in various positions over that time. When I left, I was a Sales Specialist in Millworks (Doors & Windows). I made $12.00/hr + commision. During that time, I also helped out on many deliveries as needed when other delivery associates were absent or out of hours. I enjoyed the work. Like Kenny said, dealing with the general public could be aggrevating at times. You say your good with people, so that may not be an issue. I have never been the type of person to worry about how much I would get paid. I am more about the benefits. Lowe's 401k matched 6% of your contribution. 100% for the 1st 3%, 50% for the next 2%, and 25% for the last 1%. I thought that was a HUGE benefit. I've never found another company with a 401k plan like that.

Anchorman's Comment
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I worked at Lowe's for 4 years between 2006-2010. I was in various positions over that time. When I left, I was a Sales Specialist in Millworks (Doors & Windows). I made $12.00/hr + commision. During that time, I also helped out on many deliveries as needed when other delivery associates were absent or out of hours. I enjoyed the work. Like Kenny said, dealing with the general public could be aggrevating at times. You say your good with people, so that may not be an issue. I have never been the type of person to worry about how much I would get paid. I am more about the benefits. Lowe's 401k matched 6% of your contribution. 100% for the 1st 3%, 50% for the next 2%, and 25% for the last 1%. I thought that was a HUGE benefit. I've never found another company with a 401k plan like that.

I failed to add my specific opinion. Lowe's was a great company to work for and treated me well over the 4 years that I was with them.

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