Ready Mix Drivers, how labor intensive.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Ziggyncali, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. 77fib77

    77fib77 Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    St Louis
    [QUOTE="semi" retired;4383889]Hi 77, LMAO. and in Wisconsin, no less. "GIT 'ER DONE"!!!!!:biggrin_2559:[/QUOTE]

    Being Wisconsin I was thinking the winner would get to breed with a women who will produce an offensive lineman for the pack. He would have put a jet engine on that truck if he could have.
    "semi" retired Thanks this.
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  3. chopper103in

    chopper103in Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    I never had to go in the drum and chip, it was in our contract that drivers couldn't be forced to go in the drum
  4. Onewayhome

    Onewayhome Bobtail Member

    Nov 19, 2011
    I did the ready mix for 6 months, the guy that hired me said I would either hate it or love it; I hated it. Love that mudd! ( not really) Dirty, hot, sweaty and cold in the winter.
  5. Ziggyncali

    Ziggyncali Bobtail Member

    Jul 11, 2008
    [QUOTE="semi" retired;4383899]Hi Ziggy, guess we kind of freaked you out, hey? Powder is the hauling the concrete powder (lime?) in a tanker, and you blow it into a silo with a pneumatic tanker. It's a much better job, but good luck finding a job like that. Most redi-mix drivers go into that when they can't schlep the chutes around, or go into the drum to chip out the dried concrete anymore.[/QUOTE]

    Well I guess I better hope to get a Powder driving job, if not I'll keep looking for some kind of class B that works for me. Unfortunately for me I spent to many years in the warehouse business before my back gave out. I can do everyday things no problem but my days of picking up heavy objects are over.
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  6. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

    Jan 30, 2012
    Charlotte, N.Carolina
    powder is a dry bulk tank job.

    usually a CDL-A needed

    lots of those around.

    way,(waaay), back when I worked construction,as a concrete finisher, I've seen a few tip over in soft dirt around the site.
  7. Mojotrucking

    Mojotrucking Bobtail Member

    Dec 31, 2014
    "Wow......thanks for the kudo's for those of us who do drive a concrete truck, yes it sucks, I have been driving one for 20yrs now, Its hot, cold, wet and demanding work, anywhere from 3-14hr days starting at a different time everyday ranging from midnight to 8am. But, the pay is decent! Thats about all. Stressfull also getting the mud the right slump and you drive in places a truck should never go! Hope this helps!:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
  8. ChromeDome

    ChromeDome Road Train Member

    Jun 10, 2007
    Lakeland, FL
    I drove them for a few years and it was not bad. I was in upstate NY south of Buffalo though, so everyone got laid off in the winter for several months, but we were on call for when they had a few runs.
    I was the belt truck driver, so first in almost every day, last out. And last laid off.
    We were not union, so no contract. We chipped our own trucks. And when winter hit and I was the last laid off, I was the one that had to chip the whole fleet. Kind of a pain in the rear, but not as hard as people make it out to be. You have ear plugs, dust mask, eye protection and several different air hammers. Takes time and is dirty work but paid the bills.
    All our trucks were rear discharge, and 2 belts in the fleet. Which if you have not seen them is just a conveyor belt that goes off the back so you can discharge 35 feet back or so. Helpful in walls, bridges, foundations and other jobs.
    Pay was only around 13 bucks an hour, 60 hour+ weeks in season.

    Worked at a ready mix plant, not batch. So they loaded, and we washed in and set slump. Drove to job site, discharged, washed out then back to yard to do it again. Worst work was when the loading conveyer from the pit would break, and we had to dig the whole pit area out of a full load of stone. This seemed to happen at least 3 times a year, and it always seemed to be when it was raining, so it was wet lol.
    Physically I do more work now though, unloading full loads of furniture and appliances every day at stores. But I do make a good bit more money.
  9. Akboondocker

    Akboondocker Bobtail Member

    Feb 12, 2015
    I drive for one of the top companies in Alaska. We do 600 yards a day easy during the busier months...I have two herniated discs and I can work this job easily. The hardest part is carrying a couple 45 pound buckets of calcium up the side ladder to add to the load. This job will allow you to get in and out of the truck repeatedly, all day long, which really helps my back. I stack my chutes and replace them at many job sites but they are aluminum and if you keep them clean, they are very light. Every job is unique and you'll come to be good friends with the regular contractors. There is a fairly steep learning curve to getting the mud correct, but once you are beyond that, it's a very rewarding career with excellent pay and it makes you a very good driver in a small amount of time due to constant backing and interesting terrain at each and every job least here up here...go for it!
  10. RetiredUSN

    RetiredUSN Medium Load Member

    Jan 9, 2015
    I drove a CMU block truck for a while after coming off the road. We were located right next to a concrete plant, and knew most of their drivers by name. The concrete drivers had it rough compared to us block truck drivers. They looked pretty well used up at the end of the day.
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