Decent equipment, all international prostars, 10spd new ones have ISX15's. Currently phasing out the maxxforce trucks. Most loads are building materials currently grossing ~$1000 per week as a rookie driver. There good money to be made especially on dedicated accounts in SC, and wv. Plus home every weekend. Can't speak for miles as I run dedicated in SC.
Boyd is a great starter company 2 get ur feet wet w flatbed and learn the ropes on load securement. If u don't mind being a company Driver and u like flatbed it's the company 4 u (in my opinion, but I went there fresh from school and stayed 4yrs)Full Discussion
Q: What kind of trucks do they have? Their site is very vague. Automatics or stick? Most company sites give at least a little idea on trucks,...
A: They have 10 spd internationals but they have a few freightliners & t660's 4 lease purchase drvrsFull Discussion
My husband just started as a trainer. He has been with Boyd for 9 months. Boyd is a GREAT company to work for. You go through your new employee training session in the classroom then you go out with a trainer for i think 6-8 weeks (give or take). You go home every other weekend and your trainer goes home every other weekend. They will put you up in a hotel when it's your trainers turn to go home. You make $500 a week training pay during this time.
He has been averaging 2000+. Of course without having a dedicated run, miles can vary a lot weekly. He should gross over $40000 this year and has only been driving less than a year.Full Discussion
had one of those in my first tractor, they (Boyd) only out them in your first
unit, and after only if you ask for one.
And believe me: they can save your arse, big-time... as long as you didn't do something stupid.
They only record 12 seconds around an event, and get reviewed before being sent on to the company ***IF*** they feel the event is reportable (so falling in a pothole or falling out of your bunk won't trigger them).
I got rear-ended by a supertrucker once, and the camera proved I was alert, driving safely, and didn't do anything stupid. The inward facing part can be covered if you don't want it to see you changing clothes, by using a piece of tape, as long as you uncover it while driving.
Truth is, I went and got a little Walmart drive cam, and put a 32gb card in it, to be sure I covered my butt in the event of an accident.
Bottom line: they ain't all bad. And could save yet butt in an accident, as long as you didnt cause it.
I know this is an old post but I've got 2 put in my 2 cents. I was at boyd 4 5yrs starting in '11. They are a great company 2 start with and get your feet wet as long as u don't have any aspirations of becoming an owner op; don't fall in to there lease purchase scam unless you're just saving your $ 2 buy your own truck. There are some guys who have paid off their truck but the majority will fail; I saved my $ and put a down payment on my own truck and left boyd. Boyd has been through alot of changes since the old man died & daske bought majority share; they are not the company I started with. Boyd used to be a company you would retire from but now they're just a company you go to so you can learn how to flatbed & move to a flatbed company that only hires experienced flatbedders. Hope this helpsFull Discussion
Q: Hate to bring up and old thread but....I live in north Florida, what's the home time looking like for me?
Hard to say, it seems they like to run newbie drivers a bit, before giving them
decent home time.
That said, I stay out 2 weeks at a time, and sometimes longer if I have appointments I need to make on Thursday or Friday.
The new trucks are Cumming 13liter, and Cummins won't unlock them, so 67 is it. They still like to push the mpg limit on us, but if you're close or running heavy loads, they won't complain too much. Of course, the tractors are Internationals, and they just aren't all that. For what we're expected to do, we don't get much more than the minimum to do it; and the AC units in the sleepers don't work well at all.
Biggest problem, besides FMs with bonuses that are more important than you are, is they're cutting costs in alot of areas (tarps, tractors, techs, straps, etc) that they shouldn't be doing so. Plus driver turnover is horrendous.
I've been here 2 years now, and overall had a good run, mainly because I've had two very good FMs that made sure I get good runs, and get home when I want to. My only concern is the corner-cutting that's affecting everything else we do. Otherwise, the cpm is decent (.40 to start as a rookie), the benefits are excellent, if a bit pricey; and they won't question you if you have a problem that needs fixing, a tire blows, or if the weather is so bad you feel unsafe driving in it.
Boyd brothers is great if you get the right dispatcher. My first one I had was terrible, I thought that was just the way it was, after I got my second one when my first quit, I was very pleased, he was very flexible about finding loads that could be delivered late Monday or on Tuesday to give me time to go the doctor on Mondays after the weekend. Or If I told him I wanted to take a long weekend he would get me in on a late Thursday instead of late one Friday night.. which is really just a day off. Flat bed is really hard though, I hope you're used to working very hard in the elements. IT sucks climbing in your truck wet with sweat or rain and trying to clean up. You'll need to shower sometimes twice a day, you stay nasty, and you do a lot of work in your "off duty" time so you can be ready to roll when you're 10 hour break is up. I was always broke needing the money but I guess if I took it easy then it wouldn't have been as bad. By the way I was a trainer for Boyd Brothers and left in good terms for a job with Schneider delivering for walmart... paid about the same and was much better job!Full Discussion