Which one is harder: foodservice delivery or furniture delivery?

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  1. Ddr1992 579

    Ddr1992 579 Medium Load Member

    Sep 10, 2018
    Both use box trucks, 28ft pups to 53ft trailers with lift gates and or ramps... which one is harder, more tiring, and moves the most weight?
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  3. tommymonza

    tommymonza Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    S.W. Florida
    I used to deliver cocoa cola way back when they had glass 16 oz returnable bottles. It was work and would work you especially in 96 degree Florida heat , can't imagine trying to maneuver a 3-400 pound cart in ice and snow .

    I know it was far less work than the food service jockeys though.

    Later in life I owned 2 high end leather furniture stores .

    Some of the deliveries to condos down here in Florida were a challenge to get some large sectionals upstairs and through the doors without damage, so I would meet the delivery guys other times my partner and I would do a out of town delivery .

    There was at least 2-3 deliveries a week that sucked because of logistics.
  4. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Its still 80000 pounds gross.

    Your choice. The theoratical Piano to the forth floor up the stairs of a NYC tenement or a half trailer into the door of a resturant checked off a box at a time?

    The loads I hated were tiles. Off Containers. Unload into DC offices that sell tiles to fancy homeowners with more money than brains.
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  5. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Furniture, I'd have to think, is way tougher, not so much the weight, but it's clumsiness to handle, and some wood stuff DOES weigh a ton. Food service is demanding, but pretty repetitious, like up and down stairs all day with a hand cart.
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  6. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    I think furnature was heavier than anything.

    We had 10 foot spread axle dry vans loaded with Ethan Allen fine furniture in hardwood form at the factory out of Beecher Falls VT. The idiot I was I should have learned to run the river road south along the NH line rather than go back over the spine of Vermont. In those days the tractor did not weigh very much and probably had upwards of 50,000 if not more in that box.
  7. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

    May 28, 2015
    It sounds like you won't like either option.
    They're both strenuous work, any way you cut it.
    If one grades 9 on the difficulty scale and the other is an 8.5, what's the real difference?

    You either are willing to do it, or you're not.

    I'd go food service.
    At least that way you won't have Old Biddies claiming that you scuffed their wall, or got their carpet dirty, or complaining about their furniture a month after you left it.

    The hard, physical activity gets easier fairly quickly. Your body adapts and you will get in better shape because of it, assuming you're not a total wreck to begin with. A little outta shape will tune right up. You'll be sore... and tired. But a couple weeks in and you'll feel great.
    Probably lose 20-30lbs if you have it to shed. It'll just go POOF.
  8. Bakerman

    Bakerman Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    Furniture is easy, until they tell you it's a second floor, residential delivery!
  9. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    White glove service...
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  10. LPjunior1970

    LPjunior1970 Light Load Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    I started in the 90’s with a family owned Pepsi bottler selling off the truck and I always left with a pallet of glass. Customers loved those tall 16oz 8pks but my God the were heavy banging a cart load of them up a set of stairs.
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  11. double_r

    double_r Heavy Load Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    I stared with an Allied Van lines agent in Nov.'97(I was 23). They trained me to drive and got my A in Feb.'98. Worked there till Aug. '02. Started with a Food Service company in Aug.'02 and never looked back.

    In my opinion, furniture is worse.
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