Tag: Dave Marti
Old socks: Alternative to greasing hood supports
Dave Marti’s solution to the squeak that can emanate from his six Peterbilts’ hood supports is an alternative to sometime messy greasing: “These aren’t new socks, they’re my old socks,” Marti says, placed just so over the supports to take the squeak out for generally longer than six months per sock.
March 13, 2019
No. 1 expansion challenge: 6 in 10 readers say it’s finding dependable drivers
For all the differences between a mega-fleet and an expanding one-truck owner-operator, both share a common problem: difficulties finding and keeping dependable drivers.
March 7, 2019
The expansion challenge: Mastering preparation for the unpredictable
Small leased fleet owner-operator Dave Marti and Midnight Xpress owner-operator Andre Jackson both employed a common practice as they expanded: limited personal income, separated from business income, from which profits were reinvested. Or, as the case may be, used to cover the unforeseen.
March 5, 2019
The expansion challenge: Getting started with solid freight relationships
While most owner-operators have considered adding a truck to their business, many never try it, and few have sustained success for years. The challenges are many, but the rewards can be substantial for the right operators with a close eye on new opportunities.
March 4, 2019
Local/regional fuel hauling and the winter volume boost, cost tradeoffs and more
This week’s Overdrive Radio podcast features small fleet owner Dave Marti of Forrest, Ill., with six power units leased to Transport Services of Sullivan, Ill., hauling fuel in the region around his home base, and a newly built six-bay shop. Balancing the volume/cost tradeoffs is one of the many calculations the owner’s learned to make over his years in business.
February 1, 2019
Roundup: ‘Santa’s Secret Helpers’ uncovered, ‘Night before Christmas’ two days late, and extended drains: Who do you use for oil analysis?
Trucking’s biggest media fan, Robb Mariani, confirms the ‘Secret Santa Force’ rolls on 18, Sierra Sugar’s contribution to the truck-stop ‘Night Before Christmas’ canon, and a reader asks: Who do you use for oil analysis? And why?
December 26, 2018
1,000,000-mile overhaul of ‘High Maintenance’ 379’s power plant, other PM fringe benefits
One such benefit — when his oil provider found out he’d gone a million without needing an overhaul, techs tore down owner-op Dave Marti’s C15 in the course of filming a video about it, all on the dime of a party other than Marti. “Hindsight to this story, though,” he says, is “we probably could have gone a long way further without opening it up,” and without engine issues.
December 20, 2018
Electronic Logging Devices
ELD mandate: Engine ruling creates winners, losers
From Overdrive’s in-depth guide to ELD compliance: How FMCSA’s mid-game ruling on the pre-2000 exemption created winners and losers among the owner-operator segment.
November 27, 2017
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
Go Cubs? Forrest, Ill.-based Dave Marti Trucking’s custom 2015 Peterbilt 389 glider
Marti’s custom 389 glider, “High Maintenance Too”, was a hit at the Guilty by Association Truck Show. Spec’d with Fitzgerald for liquid bulk tank, the 389 hauls fuel leased to Transport Service Inc. in the region around Marti’s home base.
October 21, 2016
Big comeback for this cabover, one of 550-plus trucking stories at Guilty by Association
A tale of triumph from near-ruin September 10, 1987 in Pratt, Kansas, for this 1976 Kelty Farms International Transtar. And: More from Joplin, Mo.
September 24, 2016
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