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Old 02-15-2007, 08:46 PM
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Whats the difference between different flatbed companies. Any drivers here for these companies.
Give me some opinions.


1. Melton
2. Maverick
3. TMC
4. Boyd Brothers

Or tell me some I didnt list. I live in Southwest GA
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Old 02-15-2007, 08:56 PM
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IMO, you have the cream of the crop in the flatbed world listed right there, but not necessarily in that order...

There is not a lot of difference in Maverick, TMC or Boyd when it comes to pay and hometime. From the Melton folks that I have talked to, they tend to keep you out a little longer than the others. The other 3 will have you home pretty much every single weekend and they'll give you the opportunity to earn 45-55K per year, including your first year. Boyd and Maverick both pay by the mile and TMC is largely percentage.

I have firsthand knowledge of Maverick and they're a great company, but have done a lot of research into TMC and Boyd and know a few drivers at TMC personally. There are several threads on here discussing the good and bad at TMC and Maverick, but not much info on the other two that I have found.

A very good list to start from. Now make a list of questions that are important to you and call each one and ask them the same things to make a comparison.

Good luck.
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:32 PM
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appreciate it. Never done flatbedding is it really hard to do. Tarping, weather etc.
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:49 PM
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"Hard" is gonna be different for everyone. I'm an old farm boy so I don't find the work too tough. Others may have a different opinion. The weather can suck, but for me it's not a big deal.

If you've ever been exposed to much manual labor at all you should be fine.
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:28 PM
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Doesn't Manuel Labor drive for an outfit from El Paso??
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:35 PM
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im trying to decide between Melton or Maverick.
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Old 02-15-2007, 11:52 PM
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There's Arrow out of Tulsa as well.
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:35 AM
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Hey NEEDALOCALJOB, look in to Coastal Transport out of Savannah, might be another good option for you with guaranteed weekends home, and a good earning potential, also might look in to Cypress, both companys are close to you and will run through your area and get you home on the weekends, i worked for Coastals sister company Commercial Carrier in early 05 and they were a decent outfit, with good miles, and i was home every weekend. Just a couple others for you to look out for.
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Quote:
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Doesn't Manuel Labor drive for an outfit from El Paso??
No, I think you have him confused with someone else. Manuel Labor drives for Celadon now. As a matter of fact, he's the main driver recruiter for Celadon/Mexico Division.
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:40 AM
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im trying to decide between Melton or Maverick.
I would say between those two your 2 biggest questions would be:

1) Do I want a brand new blue KW or a brand new maroon Columbia?

2) Do I want to be home every weekend or every other weekend?

I loaded and unloaded beside several Melton trucks and they seem to be a really good outfit with very nice equipment. Most people I talked to were quite pleased with them. The only downside I found with them was that I could get better hometime and pretty much the same pay with Maverick, TMC or Boyd, but then again not everyone is looking to be home every weekend.
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