Trucking Services in Waco, Austin, & Bryan

Flatbed and Step Deck Transportation

Moving flatbed and step deck freight can be a challenging process, that’s why choosing the right carrier is so important. Our owner operators have decades of experience hauling both flatbed and step deck freight for a wide variety of industries. Whether you need your equipment moved to your new job site, your product moved across the country, or simply need a local trucking company to handle your deliveries, Twisted Nail Broker Services has you covered.

While flatbed and step deck trailers are often interchangeable for most jobs, it is important to know the strengths and weaknesses of each trailer to find the best fit for your project.

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Flatbed Trucking

Flatbed trailers are open deck platforms with no side or roof. The construction of the trailer makes it very versatile and allows cargo to be loaded from all angles. Due to exposure to the elements, it is common for flatbed carriers to offer strapping, chaining, and tarping services depending on the requirements of the load.

Due to their versatility, flatbed trailers are among the most popular in the country. Our fleet of flatbed trailers consists of both 48’ and 53’, steel and aluminum, and can be customized to fit your needs. Our flatbed trailers are ideal for transporting lumber, pallet freight, steel, construction materials, and equipment with a maximum load capacity of 48,000 pounds before permits.

Step Deck Trucking

Step deck trailers, otherwise known as drop deck trailers, have a similar open deck profile to flatbeds, but have two deck levels. The upper deck is short and connects the trailer to the tractor. The lower deck drops down after the tractor connection, giving the trailer a lower deck height than a flatbed. Step deck trailers are great options for taller loads and typically come with ramps to easily load machinery and equipment. The unloading and loading process is generally considered safer than flatbed due to the deck's proximity to the ground. The main deck (bottom deck) is typically around 3 feet of the ground, sitting a full foot below the flatbed average deck height of 4 feet, with the upper deck sitting 4 feet off the ground.

Our step deck trailers are perfect for hauling equipment, machinery, vehicles, tractors, SETs, and more. Our owner operators can provide tarps, straps, and chains upon request. Our carriers are flexible, professional, and are eager to help you and your team.

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Best Selling Products

#57 Rock

#57 Rock

57 rock is a crushed stone aggregate used in a variety of construction and landscaping applications. The material is very gravel-like and will have a uniform size throughout. The material is sourced from natural rock deposits and typically has jagged edges resulting from the crushing process. The number 57 refers to the size sieve used to process the stone after crushing, producing aggregate between 1” and 1.5”. The stone may consist of granite, limestone, or washed gravel depending on the source location. The material is typically used in concrete applications but is often also found in sidewalks, driveways, and on many roads. Because of the stone’s angular shape, it holds formation and provides excellent drainage for retaining walls, underground pipes, sewers and utility lines.

Common Fill

Common Fill

Common fill is a cost-effective way to fill large holes, low spots, or to bring upgrades. The material is generally rocky but is cheaper than the alternative select fill. This product is mostly used in very large projects. The material typically has a high flay content, is dug straight from the ground, and loaded directly into a belly dump, end dump, or tandem dump truck. It is best used on construction sites or where heavy equipment is available to manipulate and break down the material.

Flex Base

Flex Base

Flex base is a coarse material most often used for driveways and temporary roadways. Also referred to as base and caliche, the material is excellent for use under concrete and asphalt pavement projects. Although primarily meant to be used temporarily, the material plays an important role in the longevity of our roads, operating as the foundation upon which our roads and driveways are built.

Manufactured Sand

Manufactured Sand

Manufactured sand is produced by reducing larger pieces of aggregate into sand-sized pieces. Manufactured sand is neutral in color, coming in a range from tan to gray, and is used in areas where natural sand is not available or when transportation is not cost-effective. Unlike washed sand, manufactured sand tends to come in irregular shapes as a result of the pulverizing process. While manufactured sand can be cost-effective, it is generally considered to be an inferior product when compared to washed sand.

Pea Gravel

Pea Gravel

Pea gravel comes in sizes from ⅛” to ⅜” and in a wide range of colors from brown, to gray, to white, and even translucent. The material is best used for walking paths, patios, driveways, and playgrounds, but can also be used in gardens to suppress weed growth. Pea gravel is rounded and smooth, thanks to natural erosion, and lacks the jagged edges required to hold the material in place. As a result, projects using pea gravel often need some type of edging material to keep the aggregate locked in place. Pea gravel is not recommended for roadways or driveways and is best used in decorative applications or in low-impact areas.

RipRap

RipRap

Riprap is a large category of rocky material typically placed along shorelines, bridge foundations, steep slopes, and is an excellent choice for protecting landscapes and structures from erosion. Riprap ranges from 6 inches to over 2 feet in diameter and is known for being an excellent way to armor, stabilize, and protect the area it is applied.

River Rock

River Rock

River rock is a washed gravel known for its smooth, rounded texture and wide range of applications. The rocks will come in a mixture of sizes, but will typically be between 1” and 2” in diameter. River rock is multicolored and contains a mixture of gray, tan, white, and deep reds. The material is excellent for use in gardens, as a walkway, around patios, in residential construction, and as decoration. Due to the rounded nature of the rock, they tend to sit very loosely, providing an excellent drainage solution.

Road Base

Road Base

Road base is used as the foundation of a road or driveway. It is typically used on projects where asphalt is not cost-effective or prohibited. The material is a mixture of coarse and fine aggregate and packs down very hard in the first few weeks. Road base is a very cost-effective solution for rural driveways and parking lots.

Sand & Soil We Carry

Sand & Soil We Carry

We sell manufactured sand, washed sand, and can source silica sand for customers in Waco, Bryan, and Austin, Texas. While the majority of our sand products are used in ready mix operations, they have many different applications.

Select Fill

Select Fill

Select fill is similar to common fill but is a more even mixture of clay and sand. Select fill typically provides more predictable results due to the extra processing it undergoes before being sold to customers. Select fill is most often used when constructing building pads, but can also be used as backfill. While often cheaper than top soil, select fill is best used on construction sites or where heavy equipment is available.

Silica Sand

Silica Sand

Silica sand is exceedingly rare in central Texas and is the most expensive. The material is available in a very pretty white coloring but is mostly used in industrial applications due to its high cost. Silica sand is quartz that has been broken down through erosion. Silica sand is a primary ingredient in glass manufacturing, metal casting, metal production, chemical production, filtration, and has many other construction applications.

Top Soil

Top Soil

Top Soil is the clay, silt, sand, and other material that is removed from the top 12” of earth. Top soil has the highest concentration of organic matter and is typically used to reshape the landscape in areas where plant growth. Top soil is excellent for improving gardens and lawns but is also used for surface grading near buildings.

Utility Rock

Utility Rock

Utility rock is a flexible material used in pipeline construction, embedment, backfill, parking lot construction, pathways, decorative landscapes, and driveways. The material is typically tan to gray in color and approximately 1” in diameter. The material has sharp edges and is excellent in areas requiring drainage.

Washed Sand, aka Concrete Sand

Washed Sand, aka Concrete Sand

Washed sand, otherwise known as washed concrete sand, is a light off-white color material which is screened and washed to remove any impurities. Used often as a building material, it is popular with golf courses, as a construction base, in pool construction, and is mixed with cement and aggregate for concrete work.