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Best companies to work with?

Apr 11, 2016 at 11:11 AM CST
Needing help from all the fellow truckers we are new to this whole grain and fertilizer hauling we just came out of hauling crude oil so we have no experience nor knowledge of how this works wanting to kindly request expertise help from all the truck drivers, needing info regarding prices and companies don't really know where prices stand right now in regards to grain (corn,wheat,soybeans, ext....) and fertilizers since I know there are brokers and companies out there that's don't exactly play fair or legit I've tried researching but no luck please help don't want to be picking up loads for cheap which would be hurting us as well as you all who are trying to get paid what it should be.
Replied on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 02:41 PM CST
I have a load in Liberal, Ks at a fair rate if you can load it.
jeremy Bredwell
Rocky Wells
(913) 481-9392
Replied on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 11:34 AM CST
If you have no experience or knowledge on how this hopper deal works, then the best advice i can give you is to find something else besides hopper cause you will not make it in this hopper business the brokers and shippers will eat you alive, cause there are some out there that prey on people like you!!!
Replied on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 11:50 AM CST
i have to concur on that .
Replied on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 12:01 PM CST
Good luck. I also have been in the crude oil for 25 years here in Ca. The low prices have hurt the crude hauling. I have gone down from 15 trucks to just 1 in the last 15 months. Was only 4 companies in my area. But now there is almost 20. Undercutting just to get work. I to have switched from tankers to flats. Best of luck
Replied on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 12:02 PM CST
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Edger, we are not trying to be rude. We are just stating the facts, a lot of us have our hoppers parked right now.

Why because there are too many people that came from the oil fields hauling the grain too cheap.

There are freight brokers treating bulk like it is a dry van.

The market just by and large sucks right now in grain all around.

Finally you are competing with farmers and the railroad that will haul the grain cheaper than we commercial carriers can afford to do it for.

Your answer to your question is that your grain wagon should be moving down the road for at least $3.00 per mile all miles (that is grain), $4.00 per mile with meals and other products. That is the cheapest you should be moving it for or park it like I have.
Replied on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 01:09 PM CST
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Grain and fert is a waste of time with the current rates. Everything comes out to about a 1.30-1.50 per miles. Not worth leaving the house in my opinion.
Replied on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 03:31 PM CST
Originally Posted by: CLAYTON BURKHOLDER
Quote: "Grain and fert is a waste of time with the current rates. Everything comes out to about a 1.30-1.50 per miles. Not worth leaving the house in my opinion. "

I hear ya Clayton, talked to a fella just the other day, and he's hauling for 1.33 a mile and thinks he is making good money, what the f
Replied on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 07:10 PM CST

It doesn't matter what you are pulling or the type of frieght your hauling it sucks. To make money in trucking you need to be a broker.

Replied on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 07:25 PM CST
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Let's all just sell our trucks and broker. Whoo Hoo, then we can be like the brokers now who are undercutting each other. Getting calls from brokers for re-powers and I am saying no. I think the next one that calls me on a re-power I will tell them $10.00-$15.00 per mile. We have never had another company re-power one of our loads we have always done them ourselves.


You brokers are now realizing there is a difference in carriers. I will only re-power loads for my trucks and those that are members of the Independent Carrier Group. The rest of you it will cost $10.00 - $15.00 per mile for the re-power.
Replied on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 07:35 PM CST
Originally Posted by: ALFRED JORDAN
Quote: "Let's all just sell our trucks and broker. Whoo Hoo, then we can be like the brokers now who are undercutting each other. Getting calls from brokers for re-powers and I am saying no. I think the next one that calls me on a re-power I will tell them $10.00-$15.00 per mile. We have never had another company re-power one of our loads we have always done them ourselves. You brokers are now realizing there is a difference in carriers. I will only re-power loads for my trucks and those that are members of the Independent Carrier Group. The rest of you it will cost $10.00 - $15.00 per mile for the re-power."

Independent Carrier Group?
Replied on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 07:41 PM CST
Originally Posted by: JOHN RATLIFF
Quote: "Independent Carrier Group?"

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