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LEFT 5 only populating 4 characters on INSERT

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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am using the following statement in order to populate a table:
INSERT INTO [CHSQL01\ABOUTTIME].[abtt].[dbo].[EquipmentClock] ([equipmentId],[clockId])
	SELECT equipmentId, LEFT(b.Job,5) AS clockId
	FROM [CHSQL01\ABOUTTIME].[abtt].[dbo].[Equipment] a
	INNER JOIN VPTest.dbo.bEMEM b
	ON a.[equipmentCode] COLLATE DATABASE_DEFAULT = b.Equipment COLLATE DATABASE_DEFAULT
	WHERE b.Job IS NOT NULL

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However, when I view the results, only 4 characters from the b.Job field are being imported.  What's perplexing is that when I run the select statement without the insert, it returns 5 characters as it should.  

Any ideas?

Edit: Please feel free to criticize my SQL as well.  I'm always trying to improve.
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