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Discussion in 'Mercer' started by Littlemack3, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. Littlemack3

    Littlemack3 Bobtail Member

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    What's the difference between Landstar and Mercer? Landstar requires you to have a hazmat endorsement and Mercer doesn't, that seems to be the only difference! Am I missing something?

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  2. Chickadee

    Chickadee Light Load Member

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    Mercer - paid after each load
    Landstar - paid once a week
    Mercer - pays approx 75%
    Landstar - pays between 67% using their trailers to 75% using your own trailer (I think)
    Mercer - pays your IFTA tax
    Landstar - YOU pay your IFTA tax
    Mercer - you can choose your load from their board OR have your coordinator/dispatcher pick your loads
    Landstar - you do your own dispatch
    Mercer - first in first offered on load
    Landstar - whoever calls in the fastest (or offered to friends and family of their agents)
    Mercer - gives driver a chance if they get tickets or warnings by offering safety training to reduce points
    Landstar - will fire you for a warning you may have received months before
    Many small differences, but they all add up. Your mileage may vary.
     
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  3. I glide 47

    I glide 47 Medium Load Member

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    Mercer cool landstar drool
     
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  4. CJndaTruck

    CJndaTruck Road Train Member

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    As stated there are many differences between the two. Both are good companies and depending on you will determine which one is better. For me Mercer is the only choice. But I know for many Landstar might be better. I'm not sure why but I do believe everyone has a right to decide for themselves.
     
  5. MicksRule

    MicksRule Light Load Member

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    Mercer is 75%, not approx. Edit: It was pointed out to me that approx. was correct. It's actually 75% of 99% which equals 74.25% of 100%.

    Landstar is 65% with their trailer and 72% with your own van or flat and 75% for reefer. I may be wrong on the flat %. It may also be 75%, but I think it is the 72%. It's been a couple years since I have left.
     
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  6. vangtransport

    vangtransport Heavy Load Member

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    Mercer is actually 74%! They pay 75% of 99%(1% excluded for insurance) which is 74%.
     
  7. MicksRule

    MicksRule Light Load Member

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    Close enough. Wanna split hairs? It actually works to 74.25% of 100%! lol
     
  8. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

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    Landstar charges 1.5% for ins.
     
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  9. vangtransport

    vangtransport Heavy Load Member

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    I didn't know that!
     
  10. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

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    Of course it could have changed, not like i call them every day, but that's what it used to be when i was trying to make up my mind between mercer, admiraln landstar, ace doran, daily, fikes, and bennett.
     
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