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    It's a pretty good company, I think he'll be happy. Obviously, there is no perfect job. It would be hard for me to say the average pay, because it really depends on what they place him on. I usually gross 800-1000, some of there top guys on specialized stuff probably double that. O/O's a whole different story.

    Last week I was down for two days getting a new clutch, then I had to try to deliver another drivers load and missed appointment by fifteen minutes, so I was stuck in Minneapolis for the weekend. You know, no job's perfect, sometimes you get the cream and sometimes you get the crap. But they did put me up in a hotel for the weekend. And it was just one of those things that happens.

    I'm in truck 2562, tell your hubby to holler at me if sees me around.


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    It's a pretty good company, I think he'll be happy. Obviously, there is no perfect job. It would be hard for me to say the average pay, because it really depends on what they place him on. I usually gross 800-1000, some of there top guys on specialized stuff probably double that. O/O's a whole different story.

    Last week I was down for two days getting a new clutch, then I had to try to deliver another drivers load and missed appointment by fifteen minutes, so I was stuck in Minneapolis for the weekend. You know, no job's perfect, sometimes you get the cream and sometimes you get the crap. But they did put me up in a hotel for the weekend. And it was just one of those things that happens.

    I'm in truck 2562, tell your hubby to holler at me if sees me around.

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    He is in orientation right now, and after his first day he likes it - he is a bit leary because the guys who are at the hotel with him (they're getting repairs) are telling him that they don't pay on time and they owe them paychecks. I am chalking that up to driver error. I told him to remember that if paperwork isn't in on time, they won't get a check ... and little things like that.

    They're talking bad about the company, and that's not what a new driver needs to hear lol I told him what you said and we both know people on here shoot pretty dern straight. Haha Ill let you know his truck number also as soon as he gets one.

    Thanks for the info

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    that's one thing I was always paid on time

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    I've always been paid on time. Someone will explain the paperwork in orientation. We use transflo, which is a fax system. If you're not familiar with it, transflo machines are at most major truckstops. You fill out a cover sheet and fax it in with each bill of lading. You can also get your own scanner and use transflo with a free program called Transflo NOW! That is what I do. That way I scan every BOL, so I have a digital record of every load on my hard drive. Also, transflo then sends me a confirmation by e-mail which I save in a seperate folder on my google account. Basically, that creates two records of every load I haul.

    We also send in the originals using TripPak. But my point, I think , was that if your hubby has a laptop, he might consider getting a scanner. If he sets up the program with a shared e-mail you could both double check paycheck's quite easily and if there's any problems you'll have the proof.

    Personally, I would be skeptical of trucker talk about missing pay. I had a girlfriend who worked in payroll for a construction company. She told me that 99% of the time someone would come in thinking they'd been ripped off it was some kind of error on their part and when they ran the numbers the check was right.

    I will be straight up with you there was a couple times when I switched loads with another driver or delivered a load somebody else dropped at a yard I felt like I should have gotten a little more on the percentage. Or from time to time I've had to deadhead long distances. They do pay a little on deadheads but it's not as good as getting a load. In those instances it's easy to feel cheated, but I think it's better to look at the big picture. I've been happy with my pay, if over the course of a month I have to haul a couple low paying loads or deadhead a couple times it's really not that big of a deal compared to the big picture.

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    I will have to say, the driver that he was there with is about the most horrible employee on the planet .... I swear he didn't have one good thing to say about Buchanan the whole time he was there. Through orientation and just being able to talk to the owner, and then what you have said on here made my hubby disregard what was being said - but holy cow. Even yesterday; he is being put on a moderately dedicated run for the time being here in West TN hauling shingles to two different locations; he can do two loads a day. The driver comes back with, "Oh, you won't be making more than $500 a week on that - get ready to be screwed on that" well .... if the loads pay $800 to the truck, you get 26%, and can do 2 loads a day - that doesn't come out to $500 but O-K-Buddy.

    So I just chalk all that crap up to a pissed off employee. He really should find another job if he hates it there so much, and he definately shouldn't be feeding new employees crap like that.

    Also, e-logs don't seem that bad We were both like "ehhh" about them, but he said they will be great. He won't have to run outlaw anymore, and that is the best part!!

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    The only thing he hasn't liked so far:

    He didn't the truck he was hoping for lol

    Everything else, he loves. And he's trying to see if they'll let him use your name as the referral bonus - but it's not looking like they're going to let him. But I'll let you know if they do.

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    sounds like a gravy run ! shingles pay good and are a snap to load, unload, and strap down. I dunno about West Tennessee, but I've hauled a lot of shingles Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois and I've found most of the Owens-Corning people are friendly and easy to get along with as are most of the lumberyards and such that we take them too.

    That really is too bad about that whiny driver. Seems like there's always a few of them around. Some of 'em probably even have a legitimate beef sometimes, but they really are only making themselves miserable. It usually boils down to some pissing match they had or some situation where they felt they were screwed out of a couple hundred bucks or so. I don't know about you but I'd rather cut my losses and be happy ! or if it's so bad find something else to do.

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    my exsperence at buchanan

    not good at all i hope it works for u folks (really i do) as for a question in another post yes nick the azzhat is still there and wow what a ##$%%^&&er he is
    the equipment is tore up
    there is only a couple of people that will talk to u like a human and the rest are just well how can i say this flat,indifferent,short or just like your an intrusion on there day (i don't spell very well) and i should make something clear i am not a rude or foul mouthed person i treat and speak to people as i would want to be. (not to good with punctuation either lol)
    i was there only 3 weeks im am now i a hotel going thru orientation for another company lol i got hired be for i left Buchanan went straight from there to here first time ive ever done it like this in the 20 years ive been trucking oh well gota do what ya gota do anyway i can tell u a few things that happened to me and before u start going done that road YES DRIVERS OFTEN CREATE THERE OWN PROBLEMS
    even myself now an then but when a dispatcher ask for a eta and u give a firm one ( 1500 local) and said disp. calls customer and is told latest we will unld is 1300 and that disp. tells'em he'll be there then tells me im good to go now i drive into a fire storm cause the receiver now thinks im coming in 2hrs late that ain't right, now i have to explain what really happened and ya know the customer is looking at u like yeah right buddy
    and of course my next stop was late cause i had to come back next day to get this one off an same thing at the the second stop he lied to to'em bout my arrival time they also try to run u like a robot with those e logs and setting appointments once after haven to sleep at a shipper cause of e logs i took off next day got as far down the road as i could stand it stopped to shower and eat was back in the truck 1hr 17min and there was 2 mesgs on the qualcomm (hey why aren't u moving) and the phone started ringing a third dispatcher asking why i wasn't moving ARE U KIDDING ME !!!!!! it was like i was committing a crime lol one night i was picking up a preloaded some of the lights on the trlr wernt working i didn't have what was needed to fix it so i called the shop (keep in mind with csa even a fix it ticket now goes against u mine is clean and staying that way and i was hired there because of this as was the other drivers in that orientation and was told we were picked to help boost there company score they aint doing so well anyway shop says with major attitude u have 2 choices go get it fixed or sit i said so you'll send someone out then NO! nice huh so much for concern bout ur csa scores or mine for that matter well they did send out a repair truck yeah it cost me some time but my record is still clean they dont care about u i could go on tell bout the junk equipment and what happened to the guys did lease purchase with these people and some more bout what happened with me but gettn late need to hit the rack by the way every driver i spoke with is looking to leave too yes every employer has problems this is one is MANY!! ill try to get back here tomorrow if ur lookin for a job though look else where oh by the way I'm also not a whiner,cry er or much of a complainer there is just not much good about this place i cant think of one lol good night

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    buchanan updated

    finially a chance to do this
    well im over my bad deal with this co. all i can say now is that if u go to work for this co. hope its flatbed as their van division sucks
    spoke to an o/o yesterday who is still there but lookin for something else say they'er still trying to get u to haul cheap stuff anyway he says two more from or class have quit (lol) as for me im happy at my new job
    pro transport (grand forks,nd) its 27% for a co. driver free medical after 90 days (bcbs) so far im only averging bout 600 net a week they also have low pay frieght but the people make up for it hopefully ill be gettn so higher paying loads newer clean trks mine 09 frtlinr they also have volvo an cornbinders u pick from what ever is avalibale
    GOOD LUCK

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