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Truck to Truck Communication

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by J.R. Services, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    What's the best form of communication to use between trucks. CB's? What's the range on CB's? Long Range Walkie Talkies? Cells? Worth buying another line? Thanks
  2. Deco

    Deco Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    we use nextel. it works . you ?
  3. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    I use CB's, but that is all within 2 miles in a small town. On the open road, I've had up to 12 miles on the open road with a $35 Cobra CB and dual 3ft whips, but in a crowded metro area, interference can become an issue. If you choose CB's, make sure you use a channel not used by others to avoid conflict and confusion.
  4. Premier

    Premier Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    we use cb's in the trucks/loaders when we are close enough other wise we use cell phones, i just kick the guys a couple of bucks each month for there cell bills and require that they have one to use for work. this year i am going to try some motorola hand held 2 ways for our sidewalk crews i think they will work good on our bigger commercial properties. they are rated for 35 miles CLS, im assuming it will be way less in the city.
  5. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    We use morse code with our horns ;)
  6. AC2717

    AC2717 Senior Member
    Messages: 690

    They have a couple of hand held walkie talkies that have a range of at least a mile out there now. I know Bass Pro has them, I was looking at them the other day, had some good reviews
  7. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    I have some moto 2 ways, they go about 1 mile. thats it. Im not sure how the company gets away with putting 30-40 miles on the packaging. That won't even work if you can SEE the other person 30 miles away.

    I'd like CB's, but I don't want to be that guy with a 5' whip on my roof.
  8. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    LOL. Good one.:)
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    My other driver and I both have blackberrys with bluetooth headsets, should work well.
  10. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    i have the Jawbone bluetooth which is supposed to be one of the best and all I hear is complaining from the other callers about not hearing me talk. unless there is no background noise they are nt the best. However I use it snowblowing mainly to catch incoming calls that normally I would not notice.My new 2500HD has the bluetooth built in which I will give a try this winter.
  11. Mid-Ohio Scaper

    Mid-Ohio Scaper Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    Breaker, breaker..... Our CB's work pretty good, but we're all within a few miles of one another. So really with any device, it just depends on distance and how much you wanna pay.
  12. J.R. Services

    J.R. Services Senior Member
    Messages: 141

  13. Mid-Ohio Scaper

    Mid-Ohio Scaper Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    Never used that one. I have one of these http://cobra.com/products/mobile-cb-radios/18-wx-st-ii-with-soundtracker-and-noaa-weather
    I bought this one for the NOAA weather radio feature.
    It's a cobra, so it's gotta be good.

    One more thing..... Get your CB tuned, it's like $15 or so and well worth it.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2009
  14. GatorDL55

    GatorDL55 Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    Get a CB and if you need further distance, just go on ebay and get a foot warmer (amplifier).
  15. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    HAHA :laughing::laughing:
  16. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    we do like the police, we pull up to the other drivers window
  17. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Cells work best for us.
  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

  19. Premier

    Premier Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    sounds like county workers to me, if the trucks are not moving im not making money :realmad: plus why drive around till you figure out where the other truck is that you need to talk to sounds like more wasted money to me.
  20. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Breaker 1-9...Nextels seem to be the way to go..10-4 Good Buddy...:drinkup: