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    Like my job......but......

    So, my new career direction is going fairly well. Servicing paint tinting equipment as well as Owens Corning insulation blowers. But, I cover all of Michigan and part of Indiana. Using my own vehicle. I get reimbursed for it, but I'm still killing it. I average 3,000-4,000 miles a month. Don't mind the driving, but hate killing my vehicle. Bought it March 16 with just over 23k on it.I'm about to turn 50k. Sucks......


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    Re: Like my job......but......

    It's good to hear from you Kip_Doc. I'm glad you're doing well. 50K miles a year is normal for me, nothing extraordinary there.

    I'll bet you get to use some fun solvents, trying to clear out nozzles in the tinting equipment. Can you tell us about it? =^..^=

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    Re: Like my job......but......

    Hey BC.........actually......don't really use any solvents believe it or not. Just water or Windex and wire to clear the nozzles. The biggest pain is calibration. The more different colors of tint, the longer it takes. We measure from a drop on up. And it sucks. Normally it takes an entire day..and if there are say 16 tints.....can take almost 2 days. I'm in Alpena today......did the Walmart here. Since I'm up here I'm going to do the Owens-Corning insulation blowers in Petoskey, Gaylord and Traverse City tomorrow. I have to visit every Home Depot in lower Michigan (plus the 18 stores I have in Indiana) 4 times a year. Not counting service calls on both machines.
    So, how's business for you? Things pick up since we're in a "recovery"? I don't see one.......


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    Quote Originally Posted by KIP_Doc View Post
    ... So, how's business for you? Things pick up since we're in a "recovery"? I don't see one.......
    Up until July I had 175% of one tech's workload. July first the copier division split off and joined another copier company about twice our size. For me, that means I have a reasonably manageable workload, and the territory is split over 5 techs. The stress is much more manageable. =^..^=

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    Re: Like my job......but......

    Quote Originally Posted by blackcat4866 View Post
    Up until July I had 175% of one tech's workload. July first the copier division split off and joined another copier company about twice our size. For me, that means I have a reasonably manageable workload, and the territory is split over 5 techs. The stress is much more manageable. =^..^=
    How much area do you cover? I almost had a job with NCR, until I read how much their techs hate working for them. I'm still job hunting. Only reason is I'm killing my vehicle.


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    The area in orange was my territory up until July. The area in pink is my new territory. Lots of miles but not very dense with machines. =^..^=

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    Re: Like my job......but......

    Quote Originally Posted by blackcat4866 View Post
    The area in orange was my territory up until July. The area in pink is my new territory. Lots of miles but not very dense with machines. =^..^=
    Looks like considerably less area to cover. Or not?


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    Less area by half. and closer to home. =^..^=

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    Re: Like my job......but......

    That is wonderful and thank you for sharing


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    Re: Like my job......but......

    Quote Originally Posted by KIP_Doc View Post
    So, my new career direction is going fairly well. Servicing paint tinting equipment as well as Owens Corning insulation blowers. But, I cover all of Michigan and part of Indiana. Using my own vehicle. I get reimbursed for it, but I'm still killing it. I average 3,000-4,000 miles a month. Don't mind the driving, but hate killing my vehicle. Bought it March 16 with just over 23k on it.I'm about to turn 50k. Sucks......
    If you choose wisely, operate it responsibly and keep it maintained, you should be able to get 300k from your vehicle. At least that's what I gotten. Sure, there's been the occasional heater core, transmission or warped head I've had to deal with, and I had a very good relationship with a body shop as there are people who must drive very differently than me, still, 300k isn't unrealistic.


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