Mixer Drivers

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  1. fireman5523

    fireman5523 Light Load Member

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    Martin Marietta is in the process of merging with TXI now. That's pretty crazy they made y'all run logs.
     
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  3. Sapper

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    been driving a mixer for over a year now, just made the switch today to pulling a cement tanker for the company today actually. good job and good pay, the only downside is having to deal with masons honestly. its not just a driving job, learning how to properly mix is a job within itself.
     
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  4. fireman5523

    fireman5523 Light Load Member

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    I'm working on switching to tanker too. Good luck!
     
  5. Smokin28

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    I drove a mixer truck from 1994-2000. Fun job, and decent pay with the Teamster Union.
     
  6. Honey nut

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    I'm a rookie in training driving a mixer truck, I don't like the job. My health is sensitive to the cement dust, I enjoy the challenge of driving a 10 yard tanker of concrete but hate the aspect of meeting contractors, waiting and dumping the concrete.

    I don't like the idea of having perishable goods in my load. Oh well it's something before I get something better.
     
  7. dfaf

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    I've been on the recieving end of a few pours, both included pumps and hoses. Looked like it was some heavy dirty work. Any comments on physical aspect of the job? Go home beat to hell every night?

    I ask because i have may have my foot in the door with a local company and ive grown soft and cozy in the short time doing otr.
     
  8. Honey nut

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    Dfaf, even though the job is not really considered a high physical level job it is! For example, it is really mentally tiring. For one your load is perishable, once you get your load ticket. You have 90 mins to deliver that load to your customer. Your 10yd load can weigh up to 40,000 lbs! And don't forget it's a moving tanker! So when you're driving depending how thick or wet the load is when your driving the drum may be spinning fast or slow which will affect how the load feels when hauling.

    Next, it is dirty since you're dealing with sticky mud aka concrete. In addition your work environment will always be dusty and it's a combination of cement dust you'll be inhaling on a daily basis.

    Ultimately, as a mixer driver you really shouldn't be pumping or dealing with hoses. You will be working side by side with them, the pump man.

    Lastly, depending if you'll be working union or non union will determine if you'll go home normally tired or beat to hell everyday! What I mean is, non union mixer companies will work you until there are no more calls, this mean up until 16hrs! Union companies work there drivers up until roughly 8 hrs a day.

    Things to think about, people say they love union jobs because they pay well and work only 8 hr days.
    non union guys say they love non union because they work a lot of hours, but usually they get paid less, but make it up with over time. I say depending how you look at it, I prefer union mixer jobs, they pay more, work normal 8 hr days and are not burnt out.

    PM if you have further questions, I'm curious to who you're getting hire by?
     
  9. Smokin28

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    The things I liked least about the job was climbing in the drum during the winter to jack hammer and those contractors that want you to pull your front wheels right up to the edge of a ravine before backing down to their forms. lol One guy went over one day and jumped out on the way down. Wasn't easy getting that peterbilt out. lol

    The biggest job we had was pouring 40,000 yards at Vance Air Force base on the flight line. It took 4 years to do it.
    2" slump on the bottom layer and covered it up with a 4" slump on top. Guessing... I'd say it was 3 foot deep total.
     
  10. Honey nut

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    Smokin, that is dry and thick as hell 2"! The jack hammer part was not our mixer driver duties however it's different everywhere.
     
  11. fireman5523

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    No reputable companies still make their drivers hammer out drums. Immigrant labor is too cheap!
     
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