Tag: Zach Beadle
Zach Beadle’s ‘donor’ cabover Peterbilt — a 1976 model only 7 numbers of separation from his daily driver
“I’ve already put to use the air cleaner can, transmission and numerous other parts. I now have the luxury of refurbishing parts to like-new status before I use them, and also I have the time cushion to do these things before I’m in a bind to need them.” –Zach Beadle on a 1976 cabover Pete identical to his daily driver he purchased last year for parts.
January 28, 2019
It’s complicated: Channel 19 year in review, part 3
Part 3 in this year in review, in which the “real Leroy Mercer” reared his head (sort of — yeah, it’s complicated), and Elves Trucking’s time-card hours compliance strategy didn’t look well in light of compliance-review waterboardings, and …
December 30, 2016
When the time bombs started going off: Channel 19 year in review, part 1
Indulge us as we run back through the rules, the regs, the rigs and the past, present and future of driver pay — all the rage with the “driver shortage” notion analyzed and discussed and thrown under the falling-fuel-surcharge bus. … And so much more Counting down the hours to 2017: 14, 13 …
December 27, 2016
What does it cost to rebuild and extend a 1986 48-foot Trailmobile flatbed?
While the huge investments some owner-operators make in distinguishing tractors from the madding crowd tend to grab a lot of the custom-equipment headlines, Zach Beadle and his expert welder son rescued this 1986 Trailmobile to put it work hauling freight and making money, pronto.
November 14, 2016
Are small carriers singled out for inspection? Short answer: Yes
FMCSA routinely bumps the Inspection Selection System scores of “data-insufficient” carriers — i.e. those who haven’t been inspected enough to product CSA SMS scores — to 99, making bypass systems virtually useless and ensuring more inspections.
November 7, 2016
Cover shoot outtakes: Zach Beadle and his cabover Pete at Kelley Thigpen’s Diamond Ranch
Livestock hauler Zach Beadle’s photo shoot with Texas freelancer Brandon Wells came off near perfectly, despite last-minute changes in location necessitated by Beadle client Kelley Thigpen.
January 21, 2016
Building the customer base: Work the relationship for the long term
Working the spot market via load boards, you may never lay eyes on the face of the freight broker. By contrast, going after direct shipper contracts is largely an exercise in long-term relationship building.
January 7, 2016
The question any independent owner-operator business must answer
“Why is anybody going to use you to ship their material?” — your business’ distinguishing “why you” factor could take many forms, such as in these examples related to specialized equipment, geography and freight niche.
January 6, 2016
Building the shipper customer base for freight
With expected long-term demand for capacity, it’s a good time for independents and small fleets to work toward securing contract freight direct with shippers.
January 4, 2016
Two views from the independent road
Two views on the KW and Pete of two operators that express what we don’t hear enough — that’s joy, simply put, in memories of the past, satisfaction at a job well done in the present, and hope for the future.
December 3, 2015
Holding on: Independent Zach Beadle and the ’76 Peterbilt cabover he won’t soon sell
"If a [new] truck is always broke down and it takes forever to get it fixed, I'll stick with my old truck!" --Zach Beadle, Devine, Texas
October 27, 2015
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