Combine transport

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  1. wa6ems

    wa6ems Bobtail Member

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    I talked to them today and apparently they what to hire me for the glass division and they told me it would be from Salem, Oregon to Fresno CA and I would make $8,000 a month. And they have no restrictions on their dog policy. I have yanked a tanker around for 3 years.

    But question is does that sound about right and how is the company. I am considering coming to work for them. And also how much work does it involve and what is hauling glass like. And how is there training. Do you all think it is worth it.
    Thanks
     
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  3. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

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    I hauled glass for a different company, and as long as they're building buildings, they'll need glass. The problem is, if the housing bubble bursts, glass freight drops dramatically. With Combined, you'll do a fair amount of tarping and untarping glass. They have some conestoga and double drop trailers, but a lot of the loads I see are what the company I worked for called double hump man killers. Basically two sets of A-frame racks with totally removable tarps. The glass plant will help you position the tarp when you live load, but it's on you to pull and fold the tarps at the delivery. And I think Combined has you disassemble the A-frames on those type trailers from time to time to backhaul general freight when things slow down. On their double drop trailers, the tarp stays on the A-frame and you just pull it forward and secure it to the front of the rack so the receiver can unload. Conestoga are much easier, roll the tarp forward, unsecure the load, roll it back and you're off to the next glass load. It's more work than tanker, but not as much work as regular flatbed. They'll train you on the securement(every glass hauling company does it a bit differently, so they all run new hires thru the training class), but it's not tough. The biggest thing about hauling glass is how you drive...no hard braking, no hard cornering, no hauling arse thru the truckstops who's parking lot looks like a lunar landscape. Basically drive glass like you would drive an unbaffled tanker and don't baja thru rough parking lots. Believe it or not, todays screwed up roads don't cause damage to glass loads like you might think. I'd probably still be hauling glass if my previous employer wouldn't have been merged with E.W. Wylie, I just didn't feel like going thru retraining at another glass hauler after the merger, and I couldn't stand working for Wylie.

    As far as pay, not sure about Combined, but I grossed $80k my 1st year at my old company, and that was 4 1/2 years ago, pay rates have gone up a lot since then. A fair number of my former co-workers that stayed with Wylie topped $100k last year.

    One thing to keep in mind, with glass, it's not "if" you get cut, it's "when" you get cut. Keep small tubes of super glue handy, you will get glass cuts. We're not talking limb removal type cuts, but your hands and forearms will get small cuts once in a while, no matter how much safety gear you have on...super glue is cheaper than new-skin and it works just as good.
     
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  4. wa6ems

    wa6ems Bobtail Member

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    Thank you for your reply. Yeah it is alot to think about if I want to go that route I am not sure I would enjoy hauling glass. But the main reason I might consider going to work for them is I can bring my dog which lately has apparently has been come a problem with getting her babysat. She is old and doesn't do much anymore. And according to the recruiter when I asked about the reefer division there apparently is a wait list of a month or two to get on so not sure if it's just some BS or what I never can trust any of these recruiter
     
  5. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Salem to Fresno.....sounds like Manufacturer to distributor. I hauled 1 load of glass 1 time and took days to get rid of the slivers on the trailer, in my shoes, on my skin.
     
  6. wa6ems

    wa6ems Bobtail Member

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    Yeah i guess it is a dedicated account you pick up in Fresno, Ca and deliver to Oregon and Washington. It looks like i will be starting with them in a couple of weeks I hope i am making the right decision and I hope they are a good company and i wonder how training is going to go. I guess it is a week of orientation and 2 weeks of securement and 2 weeks with a trainer. I also was told they drive auto shift trucks which is what automatics ? But funny thing is on the pre hire letter they sent me it says they will do your road test in a 10 speed. so I'm not sure if I be driving a manual or auto I guess I'm going have to verify with them. Plus I wonder if anyone on here knows how there equipment is such has transmission type and if they keep up the maintenance on the trucks. I'm just a little nervous about switching companies going to haul glass after I have been hauling a tanker around for three years and driving an automatic truck since that is what my current company I work for went to a couple years ago. It has been a long while since I have driven a manual.
     
  7. Ford L8000

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    I drive for Combined Transport in the glass division. There are some manual transmission trucks still in the fleet, but are slowly being phased out with automated manuals. They do a pretty good job keeping up with maintenance on the trucks and trailers, and with the dedicated Fresno account, you will be passing through Central Point, OR a lot if you need maintenance done at the yard. The dedicated account out of Fresno isn't terrible, and the drivers who are on that account get preloaded trailers vs OTR glass drivers who have to live load at Fresno.
     
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  8. kranky1

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    When I was living in BC I did a fair bit of inter-line with them. My trucks would bring a b-train load of board down from up in the Cariboo somewhere and cross it onto a pair of Combined trucks at a lumber re-load just north of the border at Sumas. They were still running cab over Freightliners then that’s how long ago it was, but I found them and their drivers awesome to deal with.
     
  9. wa6ems

    wa6ems Bobtail Member

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    Sounds pretty easy so how many miles do you average every week.
     
  10. lual

    lual Medium Load Member

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    @wa6ems -- this thread simply wouldn't be "complete" if someone didn't ask you.....
    why would you leave the tanker world--to haul glass?

    My concern here is that....in 6 months, or less....you'll be back to tanker yankin' again....:oops:

    --Lual
     
  11. wa6ems

    wa6ems Bobtail Member

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    My company was bought out and since then they have not been able to keep me busy. It has become more of a part time job. And my tanker company doesn't allow a dog. But combine does so that is why I'm going to haul glass for now. Been having issues with having my dog babysat.
     
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