Belly dump vs pneumatics cement?what would you pick

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  1. jd79

    jd79 Bobtail Member

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    Hey guys long time follower, first time poster.
    I wanted to see if anyone could offer any current info on Robertson’s?

    I know they are on par with Swift, they pay by the load so the pay isn’t great but with that said I don’t have the $ for school at the moment and don’t care to do over the road.

    I went in Tuesday for an interview, then went straight over for the physical, background check, etc etc. sounds like I’m starting orientation next week.

    I have a question would belly dumps be better than pneumatics “ powder train” it sounds like I have the option to pick and am leaning towards pneumatics for the tank exp? Figured this could open some doors for better pay hauling fuel etc in the future since it’s tank work??. Any opinions, suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
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  2. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Bulk Cement in Tanker is nice. Unload in about a hour using a conservative value on tank air. Bulk Cement in Powder is relatively mindless once you are trained porperly, you can examine recent bulk tanking threads to gain a image of what you are fixing to be involeved own.

    There is no opening of doors generally, or beter pay etc. Pop those dreams and fantasies in the bubble and get over it. This inudstry is a feast and famine. At least with cement bulk tanker you can be assured of a sanwitch

    If I had a opportunity to run stone in a bucket dump I would be all over it. even today.

    My best work is with a Four wheeled drive CAT 936 loader. Thats the one job I am awesome good with. Its not difficult to do. But keeping up on greasing, fuel and balance issues etc. Many more.

    I can get into any Cat Wheeled Loader on the planet or any tracked flat blade dozer today and within the hour be reasonably moving with some skill after the rust is broken off.
     
  3. jd79

    jd79 Bobtail Member

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    Thank you for the reply! I briefly spoke to one of the drivers, sound like the belly dump guys pretty much just feed the plant and don’t service many customers so sounds easy I’m guessing?? Leaning towards the pneumatics but belly dump doesn’t sound to bad ‍♂️
     
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  4. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    The biggest liability with stone hauling is your tippy trailer.

    We had one off State 355 onto I-270 south ramp once which was really vicious and sharp. Hahn had a little pete or eagle with this tiny dump of stone.

    Posted 20 mph.

    Flop.

    Pretty much assured that part of the evening rush hour will be eff'ed. By the time I got back to the yard to see about taking that man's truck as my new job, seeing that he's gone for preventable roll over etc. Dispatchers already gave that one to another hounddog favorite in the fleet somewher.

    Those buckets are not for you and me, it's for the most prized and valued senior driver who cannot be bothered to actually turn in any work to support the 16.00 hour pay.
     
  5. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

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    I heard that the new guys have to work the night shift. Not sure if thats the case though.
     
  6. jd79

    jd79 Bobtail Member

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    Yes they told me the new guys pretty much get stuck with a swing shift. Start times are 1pm-4pm, once they assign you that start time it stays the same, everyone is 12hr shift, Mon-Fri with 4-6hrs but can go 12 on Saturdays.
     
  7. REO6205

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    Why not get trained on both, rock and pneumatic? That way if one slows down and the other is busy you could switch back and forth.
    You could also train to run mixers. The more a driver can do the more valuable he is to a company.
     
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  8. jd79

    jd79 Bobtail Member

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    That’s definitely my plan I’m just not sure if they will train me on both or I Might have to pick one. I have my orientation on Thursday so I will find out then. Thanks for the reply.
     
  9. RockinChair

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    I always made better money pulling in pneumatic than I did pulling an end-dump. Whether you are hauling cement or rock, it will be feast or famine as another poster said, so make sure you save your money during the good times to get you through the slow times.

    And yes, pulling a pneumatic was what got me into tankers years before I started hauling liquid.
     
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