Hopper, Dump O/O's & Drivers

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by wheathauler, May 31, 2009.

  1. dairyman

    dairyman <b> Hopper Thread Greeter</b>

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    Glad your busy and making money:yes2557:, i'm starting to get a few ''extra'' calls myself wheathauler,weatherman says we are supposed to get 4-6 inches of rain from Saturday morning thru Sunday night:biggrin_25524:,i hope we don't get hardly that much:biggrin_25513:,but it was hot today,88 degrees at 2pm when i came thru Danville.Wheat around here has headed out,saw corn 3 inches tall in Henderson in the river bottoms.

    Your wind got here in central Ky today,i don't think that i would make a good Kansan,and the longer i have to haul feed with this 'ol frameless dump,the more i dislike the wind:biggrin_25521:,we had 30mph stuff today, so it was not terrible,but i still don't like raising that sucker in ANY crosswind.

    Have a good time at the drag races
     
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  3. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    I guessing that's the storm system that hit us last night. It's hard to sleep when it's thundering, lighting and hailing. Small hail just enough to keep you awake.
     
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  4. coadman

    coadman Light Load Member

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    Sorry, havent been on here much of late, to reply to any questions!(lol) I think we had about .60 of an inch last weekend, and another .30 of an inch early yesterday morning about 3:30 AM when front went through. I manage a Rural Water District in addition to my farming operation, so I was busy all last weekend trying to find a "huge" water leak that has been hampering our system for months. Still havent found the leak, but getting closer to narrowing it down.

    Wheat down in our area looks very good, about normal I would say, but need to keep receiving these little showers. It was getting a little dry, and wheat on terrace tops was showing some heat stress a week ago, before the latest rain fell. Still looking for that 2" "soaker" we normally get sometime in April, but not going to happen this year. I think Wheathauler asked earlier when we normally start wheat harvest, and, traditionally, it is around the 12-13 of June. If it is dry, we have started as earlier as the 3-6 of June, if it is wetter and cooler than normal, we havent started until the 18-21 of June. This wheat this year is shorter, but most is headed out by now. Unless we turn extremely hot and dry, I imagine the start date will tend to be in the normal range of 12-13 of June.

    Grain has been moving around this area of late, but I have been keeping my son busy helping me plant some soybeans for neighbors. We are caught up now, so he is hooking back up to his grain trailer and should be hauling grain from local elevators starting again Monday. Don't know how much they have to haul, or the rate, but I think it is decent.
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  5. HwyPilot

    HwyPilot Medium Load Member

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    Sorry I missed the sand question, I was driving myself nuts trying to get back on the road and pay my IFTA and insurance!

    Sand can be a decent load, but I've only hauled it a few times. It's quick to load, and it's heavy so it stays real low in the trailer (good for balance on the road). The silica sand that I hauled for glass barely touched the sidewalls it was so dense. Now the down side - if you have a leak in the trailer, it WILL find it, and it can really get into your doors if they're badly worn. Doesn't leave much of a mess behind, but you usually wind up washing out if you switch back to feed afterwards (at least on silica). I hauled fert loads after it, so I just swept out and called it good. One of the loads was from UT to DE for the Air Force, and that paid pretty well. The load of silica sand I could take or leave it - but I didn't have to scale before I dropped, which was great since I was pulling an hourglass at the time! :-D

    So far with exercise my leg hasn't been too much trouble, there's been a few times in the last few days I forgot it was bothering me until I got a reminder. Exercise and ibuprofen is doing it, and I'm glad to hear that's working for other people - if I figure out anything better, believe me I'll share!
     
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  6. Mjay

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    HwyPilot

    I have trouble with my sciatic nerve also. Hurts like a buggr most times. I have done some streching exercises and that has helped quite a lot. Lay flat on your back and pull your knee to your chest and hold 30 seconds or so.
    Back and muscle relaxers for a couple of nites helped also.
    Good luck
     
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  7. coadman

    coadman Light Load Member

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    wheathauler,,,,,have you ever hauled any "road salt"? Saw a listing on hoploads for road salt hauled from Hutchinson to Iowa. Just curious, what is used to haul rock salt?
     
  8. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    You can use a hopper. Some outfits around here haul a lot in winter. Just have to windrow the salt out of hoppers. I haven't ever hauled any but have seen them unloading the salt.
     
  9. dairyman

    dairyman <b> Hopper Thread Greeter</b>

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    11 inches of rain from yesterday morning till now,and STILL raining:biggrin_25521:,Wheathauler. Bowling Green and Glasgow broke 1 day records for rain fall that traced back to 1903,but i think we faired better than the folks in Tennessee. Theres a LOT OF BAD FLOODING
     
  10. Saddle Tramp

    Saddle Tramp Medium Load Member

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    :biggrin_25512:When i drove for Moore Transfer back in '83 we loaded road salt for the Ia state dept. We loaded salt on steel sided flat bed trailers. We had to use a Mormon Board to unload.:biggrin_25512: For you drivers who don't know what a m/b is, i'll try to explain it. It's a board about 3 ft. wide & 2 ft. high. It's operated by using a electric pully system. One person holds the board behind the product while the other one operates the pully system.:biggrin_25512:
     
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  11. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    That's a lot of rain!!! Hope it quits soon for you guys.

    Thanks for info. I have heard of mormon boards... being a old timer. I have never seen one in action however.
     
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