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Keeping in touch with your drivers

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Scott's, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Scott's

    Scott's Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    What does everyone use to keep in touch with your drivers, cb's , cell phone, ather types of units. I have 7 trucks this season and want to beable to stay in contact with them all .
     
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    We use cell phones. They can be carried while outside the truck.
     
  3. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    celly tellys ....
     
  4. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    I'm thinkin of trying cheap CB's this year, that way everyone can hear what's going on. We use Nextel's now but how often have you tried to get someone and they're on the line or you need to tell three people the same thing - one call on the CB and everyone hears the same thing. Not to mention, the really bad nites and mornings when the customers are calling and it shoots straight to voice mail when you're using the two way.
     
  5. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    Cb's are fine if your with in 2 miles of each other.... they dont work that well, and id be wishing u spent the money for the phones... i dont have that many times, when i have to tell every one the same thing, if thats the case, i think you should be training your guys more in their off time.
     
  6. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    We had cells, then Mike's (your nextel) and now back to cells. I carry two, one for my guys to get a hold of me, one for clients or anyone else. I try to keep converstions short when talking to the guys, and I cancelled voicemail, and added call waiting, any calls i miss go to my pager.

    We had countless problems with the Mike's, and I got frustrated, Our cell package allows for free incoming and free calling between my phones, so it works out alot cheaper (almost half of what i was paying before)
     
  7. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i highly recommend the bosst mobil, pay as you go... works great , super cheap ... can use both the 2-way , and phone
     
  8. EGLC

    EGLC PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,733

    Going to be using cell phones this winter.........I think CB's would be pretty cool though.
     
  9. tls22

    tls22 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,263

    Cell phones, sometimes my boss gives me his extra nextel! I never seem to get good service with it!:dizzy:
     
  10. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,198

    Im on a 3 year plan to change over to FM radios. Motorola has a new series out called Mototurbo. Its expensive but in the long run it pays for itself, because of no monthly fees.
    I set up a base with a repeater and it will cover my whole area. The neat part is you can add a GPS locater and follow your equipment everywhere, without the extra monthly fees.
     
  11. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    got any info on that?
     
  12. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377


    Ran the 2 ways back in the 90's when we had 15 trucks going. Because all the drivers could hear the conversation it became a little more entertaining late at night (yes, there are some things you cant say without the FCC giving you visit) but it also helped keep all the drivers updated on who was behind or ahead and who was closest to lend a hand in one call versues spending time on a phone calling 2 or 3 drivers to get one headed in the right direction to help out.
     
  13. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    If iI had to keep in contact with 7 trucks......assuming your not on the same location at all times, I would go with a Nextel type of phone. CB's dont get out very far, dialing a regular cell is a PITA and telegrams, well they just take too long,lol. The only other way I can think of is a UHF radio system but it cost some bucks. By the time you buy all the radios and a trunking system your probably into a few grand.
     
  14. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    We have 2-Ways in every vehicle we own. Some of them are 30 years old and still work fine. I think we have around 24 radio's and the license fee is around $35/radio/year. We only pay the license fee for 3 radio's though..:D
     
  15. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    What kind of range do you get, and what's stopping anyone other than your 24 from hearing in?
     
  16. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    You can pick our fequency up with any scanner, and the range from truck to truck, is about 25-50 miles depending on location. You can't get frequencies anymore because they're all gone, my dad bought the frequency back in the 70's.. Everyone has a cell phone anyway but these are handier for our operation. If we put our radio's on a repeater like Paul said, that would be sweet.
     
  17. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    How expensive are you talking? I was looking at that system, and it looks nice. I get the feeling that its big money though. I would love to get a UHF system, but can'd justify the thousands of dollars for it.
     
  18. justwheelit

    justwheelit Member
    Messages: 46

    nextel's are the way to go and you can get gps locators on them so you know where you guys are at all times.
     
  19. Cassy

    Cassy Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    well for us its just me and my boss, so we just use cell phones with bluetooth handsfree.

    the only real problem is the battery charge wears out before our shift usually ends.
     
  20. cjasonbr

    cjasonbr Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 635

    This is what i do also. The prepaid nextel phones cost $1.00 a day for unlimited 2-way, but only on the days you use it. You could even set up a talk-group so when you two way anyone, everyone hears it. WAY cheaper than actually buying a cell phone plan for $30+ a month, and when winter's over you're not left paying for a cell phone plan you don;t use all summer.