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Why Choose an Asset-Based Trucking Company for Pole Hauling?

Hiring a trucking company to deliver new poles to your material site is a big decision. You need a hauling company that’s experienced, reliable, and trustworthy.

When you start your search for a utility hauling company, what you’ll really find is a ton of brokers.

Brokers don’t actually do the work, they just pair you with another company.

However, you should choose an asset-based trucking company for your hauling needs. Asset-based companies own the equipment and directly provide the service.

Why is it so important to choose an asset-based company?

Let’s dive into some of the top benefits.

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What is an Asset-Based Trucking Company?

When it comes to hiring a company for pole hauling, you can either work with a broker or an asset-based company. The vast majority of companies you’ll see when searching for a “specialty trucking” or “pole hauling” company are in fact brokers.

What does that mean?

Essentially, brokers do not actually perform the service they advertise. Instead, they work with a huge network of actual truck companies.

They send out your project details to the other specialty trucking companies. One of those companies will accept the job and perform the haul. The broker collects their check for essentially finding a job for the hauling company.

In contrast, asset-based carriers do the actual hauling themselves. They own their trucks and equipment. They directly hire truck drivers to work for their company. When you work with an asset-based trucking company, you work directly with the team that will move your freight.

Learn more about what an asset-based carrier is and how the process works by reading this article.

Benefits of Working with An Asset-Based Trucking Company

Asset-based companies offer many key benefits, especially for a job as big as pole hauling.

Why should you work with an asset-based trucking provider?

Here are the top reasons:

Clear Communication

Utility hauling is a big task, and you want the process to be as smooth as possible. Any hiccups or disruptions can slow down your project and therefore impact your customers.

Throughout the process, communication is key. When you work with a broker, you do not have a clear, consistent line of communication with the team who will do your job. It’s easy to lose track of communication about drop-off and other key steps.

When you work with an asset-based pole hauling company, you communicate directly with them. You can work together to set clear expectations and a mutual understanding of the process. If you have any questions or concerns, you can voice them directly, and the trucking company can respond directly.

Basically, you cut out the middleman and the risk of lost communication. You can develop a strong working relationship to ensure a safe, efficient delivery process.

Better Quality Service

The top priority of a trucking brokerage is to improve its supply chain. This often impacts the quality of service provided. There’s always a risk of unreliable carriers.

The bottom line is that you can’t know for sure the quality of service when you work with a broker. They have many carriers to choose from, and there’s no guarantee that you get one of the best ones.

Some brokerages put their needs above yours. This can leave you with low-quality service, including delays, and more.

For better quality service, opt for an asset-based specialty trucking company. They work with you directly, so you will always know what quality of service you’re getting.

As direct providers, they have a greater sense of accountability and will do everything possible to provide you with quality service.


The last thing you want to do is sit there on delivery day wondering if the truck is showing up. Simply put, brokerage carriers are less reliable. They work with several different carriers who may have different levels of reliability.

Not to mention, the greater chance of communication errors leaves a larger margin for reliability problems as well. Furthermore, they rarely take accountability for reliability. Brokers may not put you above their bottom line, which means you can’t count on them for reliable services.

There are just too many chances for miscommunication, variable quality, and reliability issues with a trucking brokerage.

For more reliable service, opt for an asset-based trucking company. They own the trucks and equipment. They hire truck drivers directly. There’s nobody between you and them, which means you can count on a huge advantage for reliability.

Guaranteed Capacity

Brokers do not own the trucks or equipment. Therefore, they cannot guarantee that there is a truck available to move your freight. They can’t guarantee the capacity.

If you need help on a tight schedule, there’s a good chance the brokerage may not be able to help. They don’t have the specialty trucks on hand, they must rely on the availability of the carriers in their network.

On the other hand, an asset-based company has its own trucks and its own schedule. It will be able to give you a set number in terms of capacity. They will be able to immediately inform you of availability and capacity, so there’s no uncertainty.

Choose Blackwood Resources Asset-Based Trucking

The next time you need to hire for utility hauling, choose Blackwood Resources. Our asset-based specialty trucking company is here to help you stage new utility poles at your job site.

As an asset-based provider, we own our trucks and we employ our team. Every member of our team is committed to helping you move your freight.

Not only do we haul wood, concrete, and steel utility poles, but we also unload them. Since we own our equipment, we opted for self-unloading trucks. You don’t need to lift a finger or rent a single piece of equipment to unload the poles. Our team uses our specialized trucks to unload your materials in a fraction of the time.

At Blackwood Resources, we don’t hire people to haul, we do it. You can count on our asset-based company for all of your utility hauling needs.

Find out how our women-owned, asset-based hauling company can help you today.

Call us at 812-676-8770 or send an email to today!



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