Boyd Bros Trucking

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TMan's Comment
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I am in the midst of my CDL training and starting to seriously consider companies. Does anybody have any info on Boyd Brothers?

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.
Starcar's Comment
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We see alot of Boyd trucks out here on the left coast. Seem like a good company. Maybe someone else has some more info. But the best best is to talk and talk and talk to the recruiter. If he can' answer your pointed questions, a warning flag should be going up above your head.

TMan's Comment
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Thank you for your post. Just to add, I have spoken with the company at length and like what I hear. However I usually don't stop just at that. Looking for someone out there that is willing to share any of their knowledge.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I'm not aware of anyone here on this forum who works for them and I rarely see their trucks. Probably because I'm rarely on the left coast.

Since you talked with the recruiter extensively your only other option to gain more detailed information about them is to go to your local truck stop and look for a Boyd driver and talk to him. Go to a Loves, Pilot, Flying J, Petro, or TA nearest your location and just drive around the truck stop and see if you can find one.

Talking with a recruiter is great, but don't take everything they say seriously. They will give you false information to get you to join, that's a fact.

Old School's Comment
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TMan, welcome to the forum! I'm a flat-bedder so I see a lot of Boyd trucks at shippers and receivers. The drivers that I have spoken with all seem very satisfied, and I've noticed that the ones I've met all have been there quite a few years. There's one of them that I met at one of our drop yards whose job is basically shuttling trailers around to different yards, and he even spoke highly of the company. Personally I would find his job very boring, but he liked it so there you go - that's all I know, and it's not much, but if the drivers are happy then I think they've got a good thing going.

I've got to tell you though, that as long as you go into this with a strong work ethic and an attitude that says you're gonna stick it out for a good solid safe year out there with your first company then you are gonna do very well no matter where you start. I'm not sure what got you interested in Boyd in the first place, but there are quite a few flat-bed companies out there so don't limit yourself with unnecessary reasons. You can get hired by any company out there that hires newbies. They don't have to have a terminal near you or even be in your home state. The flat bed company I work for is in Memphis TN and I live one thousand miles away in Texas.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
TMan's Comment
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Old School, thank you for the advise. I am not only researching Boyd, but also TMC,Maverick and others. I have been able to get some additional info on the others. But finding street talk on Boyd has been a little more difficult.

My family has been in the business for 20 plus years except for me. I took a background in law enforcement and safety. Since completing that sector of my career its time to get into driving. I have a strong work ethic and keep myself in good physical condition. Driving a flatbed will require me to maintain good physical condition and I can enjoy the diversity of the loads carried.

However, I won't settle on the first company that I run into. I like doing my research and then make my decision. Once I commit to them completely.

Old School's Comment
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TMan, you sound like a great candidate for flat-bedding. I'm really excited about the way our flat-bed crowd is growing in this forum. Other than our Matriarch Flat-bedder Starcar, for the longest time I was the only other flat-bedder in here. It sounds like you are getting your research down and headed to making a decision, keep us posted if you can, we'd like to keep up with you, plus it is always helpful to other new drivers coming in to see the experiences of the other folks at their new jobs.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

TMan's Comment
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Will do "Old School" I have lot of work ahead of me to make a sound decision. I am very excited to join the professional truck driving world. I am looking to drive for a company that has high standards and ethics. I came through life with the wisdom that if you turn in hard days work, then you will get paid a full days wage.

I will for sure be here from time to time as I research companies and may even pick the wisdom of the experienced.

Starcar's Comment
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Matriarch...I kinda like that handlethank-you-2.gif I've always said...Flatbeddin' aint for sissies...But you won't take that saying serious until you have done a winter in flatbedding. As O/O's we tried to spend the winter on I10 or I20...where the bad weather was at a minimum. But that didn't always happen, and I've had my share of tarping in the ice, chaining in the freezing cold ( NEVER go to Graybull WY in the winter !!)and tapring in the winds. Its just one more thing about flatbedding that makes or breaks you...I like the challenge, but i"m glad when sping has sprung....

TMan's Comment
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Just a little update since I haven't been here in a while. After much research and discussions with recruiters, I leave Sunday for Melton Trucking. Finally have a direction and excited to get started. Will keep you posted of the progress.

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