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Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by tthomass, Aug 27, 2007.
But that's not a "tandem". It's a single axle
Congrats on the new truck. Is this one CDL?
I have been throwing around the 4 day week as well. Like DVS said my concern is being able to cram everything into the week and be able to keep up with demand.
Who are you having cut and move the axle? I had ESI in Manassas do mine. Can you PM me a price for a 14' or 15' flatbed, I'm still interested in getting one.
I'm not a fan of ESI. The guy I bought the truck from is actually removing the body, moving the tandem (just for your DVS) forward and leaving me 4' of frame to work with. My neighbor is an engineer/fabricator and he will assemble the truck for me from that point. PM coming your way.....
The truck has air brakes but is 25,500 and does not require CDL. In VA you are not required to have anything until you cross 26,000.
We don't really need the truck yet but since I'm donating a truck we use for snow, I need to replace it. So I figured replace it with a production truck. There were several times we needed another truck and the rolloff just makes sense for us. We stay on maintenance but we still have trucks go down for a day or a few days for various reasons. Currently we have 4 box trucks and we will need 5 next year but I'm probably going to build two for a total of 6. We may or may not need it but the cost is minimal on them and if one goes down we can use the other and keep moving. When we were smaller I couldn't necessarily justify having an extra truck but the more we have the more the odds of one going down for repair. Additionally, who knows what spring will hold. Last year we did about 4 times more maintenance work vs 2011 and this year we're doing 4 times more maintenance work vs 2012. I don't believe that will be the case next year, but double is possible. Take the tax break now, which I need, and be prepared for 2014.
We have been doing a 4 day work week aswell. For me it was simple math. Before the guys were working five days. It takes an hour in the morning to get out the gate and make it to our job sites. Then figure a hour drive back to the shop in the afternoon, and a half hour to unload and load up for the next day. With an 8 hr day we were only on the job sites for 5.5hrs, that's only 27.5hrs a week. Now we do four 10hr days, with the same time constraints we get 7.5 hours of production a day, which is 30hrs a week.
Working Monday-Thursday is great. We do a lot of 2day irrigation and lighting installs. So we usual schedule one to start Monday then a second for Wednesday. Same with small softscapes. On large construction jobs During the summer we find that a lot of our customers and their neighbors work a 4day week or work from home on Fridays, so they enjoy not listening to our equipment and saws as well.
Another huge benefit is when we need guys to work overtime. Guys are a lot more likely to volenteer to work ot on a Friday than they are on a Saturday. Guys are also less likely to call out for appointments since they have a weekday off to do them. They don't have to take a morning off to go to the dentist or to the DMV, one guy is about to have a baby, his wife schedule all the dr appointments for Fridays. It's definitely been a huge win-win
I'm just curious, with it having air brakes, that should require a CDL regardless of the GVW I would think. Did you confirm with VA? Any commercial vehicle with air brakes usually requires an air brake endorsement. Greedy Gov't wants their money.
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Ohio is the same way, anything under 26000 even with air brake does not require a cdl.
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What he said ^^^^