central or watkins/shepard ?????

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ustatruck, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. ustatruck

    ustatruck Bobtail Member

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    I've been accepted at both places and only been here on this site a short time. knowing what you guys and gals have seen on this site , what do you think, which one would you go to just starting out?? I use to drive otr back in the early 90's and been out of it till now..i like the part about w/s where you train for 4 wks then out on your own!!! (remember i use to drive and the last 8 years i've drove motor coach all around the country) ..And central i like because because i believe there will be less hand unloads (am i right?? ) who has the better equipment?? More miles?? APU's?? and any thing else you may think of ..... thanks alot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! looks like i would start at w/s on 3/2 not sure on central
     
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  3. boughtout

    boughtout Light Load Member

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    W/S is a good company with training second to none. Good equipment for the most part (except mine), and APU's on the newer trucks.
     
  4. dragonmatrix

    dragonmatrix Medium Load Member

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    Watkins Shepard would be the best choice with out a doubt, much better company..
     
  5. Mooniac

    Mooniac Medium Load Member

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    It's a no brainer!!! W/S for sure. :Van:
     
  6. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    I don't work for W&S anymore. But, I would recommend them.

    However, you didn't say whether "Central" was the reefer company (Central Refrigerated), or the freight company (Central Freight).

    I don't recommend the reefer company, period.

    But I would jump all over the freight company :D
     
  7. Ron M

    Ron M Light Load Member

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    I read a lot of positive things about W/S here, I would go with them.
     
  8. ccolvin

    ccolvin Medium Load Member

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    ive been to central training in fontana and they failed me on the 75lb lift they are rather picky on who they pass. If i can afford to I want to go with Watkins Shepard.
     
  9. B-rad

    B-rad Light Load Member

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    Watkins and Shepard will have a Human Performance Exam that you will have to go through much like Central Ref with the lifting.
     
  10. soon2betrucking

    soon2betrucking Road Train Member

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    first off its a no brainer, 100 pages on nothing but good about w.s
    not a single page about w.s being a bad company.
    look how many bad central has.

    secondly, how exactly does one fail lifting 75lbs?? :biggrin_2554:
     
  11. Fooman

    Fooman Light Load Member

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    Anybody have the scoop on W/S? Details about their training to get cdl and going with a trainer.... How long, cost, training locations, any details at all....

    What do they mostly haul, what are their lanes?.... etc.

    Do they still have an Indy terminal? (Havent seen many W/S trucks around here)......

    I looked on their website, but not much detailed info. I'm gonna start reading the old posts tomorrow,:smt024 sleepy time now.....:sleepy2:.
    Thanks!:headbang:
     
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