I used to work for Anderson for 5 years. Anderson Trucking: Delivering Solutions... One Load at a Time! Is anyone else out there? I see them hauling a lot of windmills here lately.
I worked there for a while. It seemed to me like Warren drivers deadhead a lot and they all get percentage. Its either 65% or 67%. Anderson had a couple of lease deaks when I worked there. The one you lease for a year. The truck usually was from the fleet with around 200k mi on it or more. There was around a $3500 bonus if u completed the lease. This bonus could be used as a downpayment on a "new lease" which was a new freighliner. The only advice I could give is buy your own chains, binders, straps, tarps used and save a ton of money. You make money with their lease but company pays more. The new lease can be purchased if you can come up with the $20,000 balloon payment. Truck payments used to be around $450 a week a few years ago. The used lease truks were $50 cheaper or so. I stayed there for two reasons. Noone pays worth a crap In California. They were fairly honest and always got paid once a week.
I would say it would be better to be a company driver mainly to see if this is what you like. Leasing a used truck has very little risk though because you can back out at any time. You can acquire the necessary equipment if you are devious too. Certain loads can be a real bummer, but some loads are more beneficial to a lease driver than would be to a company driver. Oversize is where the money is for a lease driver. For a company driver it depends. Lease drivers usually get a choice of loads. I lied my rear off about where I worked to start at a little higher pay rate. I would work em on the starting pay. Lease trucks do 70mph I think too.
The move from class 4 to class 3 is just based on how many oversize loads you have hauled. I believe it was 3. From class 3 to 2 you have to take a test. I took the test and it was just map reading skills, finding the center of gravity on loads and trailer and other common sense crap. The reason I upgrade was in order to haul class 1 loads. Supposedly a class 2 can haul them. Well that is pure bs because I never did. They have a lot of idiots that will hit bridges and crap if they were to just turn them loose. When I started I bsed them that I had flatbed experience, but I was smart enough to ask questions and I already had a good idea of how to tie down and tarp loads. Doesn't take a rocket scientist. I also figured out I like flatbed a lot better than reefer. Reasonable apppiointment times and quick load and unload. Generally I was empty or loaded in 1 hour but there were a few exceptions.
I averaged 3300 miles a week and I was making .38cpm. At the time top pay was .40cpm. I noticed they bumped up the oversize pay to .06 to 25cents. It used to be .04 to .20 cents. I never got over .14 cents though and that was a nasty load. Class 1 loads pay the .20 cents. Most of the Class 1 loads are hauled by guys with 4 axle tractors or multi axle trailers. Main things I hated about ATS are 1. hauling granite and getting lower stop pay. 2. getting oversize loads with no permits on fridays. Permits are always a hastle. Class 1 tractors have fax machines and special dispatch. 3. not being sent home on a regular basis. I pissed them off because I always got a good load going home to California. 4. Being stuck running short loads on the east coast a lot. 5. being cheap on layover pay