Trucking Services in Waco, Austin, & Bryan

Van and Refrigerated Trucking

Dry van and refrigerated freight make up some of the most common freight booked in Texas… So why is the process so difficult?

Our team specializes in solving your specific freight problems by doing what most of the industry won’t: we listen to you. After calling Twisted Nail Broker Services, a member of our team will set up an interview and site visit to learn more about your specific shipping requirements: What are you shipping? What is working in your current process? What do you want to change?

After learning your requirements, we match you with multiple carriers from a wide range of backgrounds. Our team will find the owner operators, interview them, and present the best matches to your team. From there, together with your team, we will select your perfect trucking match.

Our process works! We offer a free quoting service with no obligations. Call one of our team members and find out what we can do for you and your business.

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About Dry Van Transportation

Dry Van trailers, aka “dry van” or “box trailer” are fully enclosed trailer units and are utilized when it is necessary to protect shipments from outside elements, but not necessary to keep them at a specific temperature. Typically, Dry Van freight is palletized, boxed, or loose material. Dry Vans are unable to carry oversized loads. Most Dry Van trailers are 53-foot trailers with dimensions of 53’ x 8’ 6” x 8’ 6” and can be loaded with up to 45,000 pounds of product spread across 26 available pallet positions.

Why We Use Dry Van Trucking

Dry Vans are exceptional in 3 areas: Affordability, Versatility, and Protection. Dry Van trailers are the most commonly available trailer and, as a result, competition in this space is heavy. The high level of competition is great for the end customer as it usually translates into affordable freight. The simplicity of the equipment, being just a box, provides quite a bit of flexibility and allows many different industries to utilize the equipment. Finally, the enclosed nature is great for keeping your products out of potential harsh and damaging elements.

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Refrigerated Freight

Refrigerated freight is very similar to Van freight, but with a twist: loads are able to be climate-controlled. Refrigerated trailers have a built-in refrigeration system, keeping products at the desired temperature throughout transportation. Typically, refrigerated freight is limited to customers needing to move meat, dairy, produce, food, plants, beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and other products requiring temperature control. Though very similar in shape to Van Trailers, Refrigerated trailers would not be considered interchangeable due to the special construction and fragile insulated walls.

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.