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Perils of Break Away

Be careful throwing chucks in your storage box, particularly if spray lubricants are in there... "Sometimes, you do something stupid. It just happens..."

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Giant potatoes! Hammerheads!

"We've seen some weird things on flatbeds. Hell, we've seen some weird things strapped to four-wheelers, like the giant hammerhead shark we saw on the roof of a Honda Accord...."

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Expediting: Singing the praises with Don Lanier

A chance meeting with expedited driver Don Lanier yields insights into the segment.

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The ‘Time Bandit’ electric cargo-strap roller

Sometime flatbedder and former small fleet owner Johnny White finds inspiration in day-to-day problems -- that might not be the best way, however, to describe the occasion that spurred him on to his latest solution, the new TimeBandit electric cargo-strap winder (pictured). As he tells it, "I was up in St. Cloud, Minn., when it was minus 6 degrees," delivering a flatbed load of HVAC units to a Home Depot in the middle of a snow ...

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Story in NY times tars oil field exemption

I've been at work covering the uptick in oil field work surrounding new drilling techniques that have been enabling new oil and gas wells to explode in a number of areas around the country, from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale area, the Eagle Ford in Texas, and the Bakken in North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada. Judging by the guys working the wells I've talked to, it's largely a positive story relative to pay and work. Owner-operator ...

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Interviewing Dan Heister, Overdrive’s Trucker of the Year

In this month's issue of Overdrive, I wrote about the recession-surviving prowess of Boyd Bros.-leased owner-operator Dan Heister (pictured), whose mastery of his short-medium haul niche in Boyd's self-dispatch/percentage-pay Independent Express program brought him through the really bad times in 2008 to ever-greater success this year. In addition to recently purchasing what amounts to a small farm in Erin, Tenn., where he'll move the family later this year, he's Overdrive's 2011 Trucker of the Year, ...

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Flatbedders, had enough of tarping? . . .

You might recommend the folks at Fast Wrap to your shipper customers, who do the kind of work you see in the picture here, a wrap of a jet engine. They've got mobile crews in more than 60 locations around the country who do the work, and the wrapping material is then recycled by the folks at Fast Wrap themselves. They typically wrap anything "from generators to large boats and planes for shipping and transportation," says company ...

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