Flatbed with Moffett...

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  1. TugHillRider

    TugHillRider Light Load Member

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    How many of you are running flatbeds with moffetts?

    I did it for Lowes for a while. I very much enjoyed it. So I decided to go back into that line of driving and got a job driving for Marjam supply.

    Would like to see photos of your rigs with the moffetts if possible!
     
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  4. buddyd157

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    i did it for like 2 months for Lowes as well here in my area...it sucked big time.

    but then too, i was involved in a lot of "old city" tight streets, tight driveways, and stupid as usual, car drivers.

    also out here, one needs a hydraulics/crane license to operate. Lowes didn't have a clue, so they left it to me to get the information...

    i said..."see ya, i wouldn't wanna be ya"............

    if a company cannot gather the information as a company SHOULD BE DOING, why should i the EMPLOYEE have to..???
     
  5. TugHillRider

    TugHillRider Light Load Member

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    Not sure where you are located but I never heard of that driving for Lowes in NY.
     
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  6. buddyd157

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    New England area.....couldn't operate a Moffitt any longer with out that hydraulics license...the Moffitt trucks are "considered" a crane type of equipment here.

    now, this was back in the fall of 2005.....i could care less if it is still required or not, but here, the states "see money" in many things, like fee's, licensing, training, etc,etc....just like forklift certification......gotta have it, or no job.
     
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    CDL License
    If you don’t already have one, you’ll need a Commercial Driving License (CDL) to operate a truck with a Moffett Forklift. Whether you need a CDL A or CDL B may depend on the type of truck you’re driving. The best way to decide what license type you need is to look for jobs in your area and see what they’re asking for. Some companies also require additional certifications to drive a Moffett Forklift. Depending on your state and company, you might need a forklift, hoisting, or hydraulics certification.

    What to Know as a Moffett Forklift CDL Driver - Drive My Way.

    i had said "crane", but it is a "hoisting" license here......
     
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  8. TugHillRider

    TugHillRider Light Load Member

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    You aint kidding. All about taking more money from the middle class.
     
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    "they" figure that if you need it for your job, you're going to pay, or be out of work. what "they" do not realize, is that elections are held throughout thier tenure in office.
     
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    enjoyed it for what it was
     
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  11. Kyle G.

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    I do, but I’m not sure how useful my response will be, since I have kind of a unique job, but I am happy to answer whatever questions I can. I don’t work for a trucking company, I work for an electrical supplier that delivers our own freight to mostly one customer. I deliver to the customer’s jobsites around the state and also occasionally to the customer’s operating facilities.

    The customer places the order, our warehouse pulls the order and stages everything in a pile out in our yard and I load it, then take it to the delivery and unload it. Usually I deliver the order weeks before the job actually starts, so I am the only one there. When the customer finishes their job I go back out and pick up the left over material and it either gets scrapped or put back into inventory. What I really love about my job is, I do pretty much everything by myself. I load and unload by myself, don’t need to wait on anybody, don’t need to check in with any guard shacks, don’t need to wait for any lazy crane or forklift drivers, and never have any appointment times to worry about. The company I work for is a large nation wide company, but the yard I work out of has a pretty small laid back crew and we get along well.

    The big downside to carrying a Moffett is the weight. Driving around with 8k hanging off the rear bumper can really screw with your tandem weights, and when empty it will affect your drive traction. so you gotta be mindful of that. In the winter time, I carry a 5k concrete block on the front of my deck for extra traction.
     
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