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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 06-20-2012 03:29 PM

My “no such thing as an unwanted pallet” comment is really meant in jest… as we kind of run the SPCA for lost pallets.

I’ll tell you what we don’t want…. a huge chunk of angle iron bolted to the deck of a pallet….

Toss that puppy in the grinder and stand by for the show! We had a $5K repair once from such an incident…. and the guy who was feeding the grinder is no longer employed here (though it took several similar incidents for the owners to see the light).


You got better rates than we’d give… but we’re in a pretty competitive region, with several players. Our drivers don’t get paid per stop, but they do log a LOT of OT and are the highest paid hourly employees at the company. But a good CDL driver (efficient and safe) is worth every penny you pay him. It takes quite the fleet of trailers to run the logistics of having one parked at every HD in a 200 mile radius. So our trailers are all purchased on the second hand market and we have our own truck repair garage and do our own inspections. Aside from the typical broken tail light or bald tire hit, the only time the DOT really gets after us is when we haul chips the day after it rains… Those open top trailers filled with soggy hard wood chips will push 100K without you really knowing it.

All this said… I’ve seen some really amazing wood in pallets…..

Hence some of my favorite cliche’s “Wood is Good” and “be it ever so humble, there’s nothing like wood”

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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