Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Brief Look at Properly Maintaining a Vactor Truck

A major community's public sanitation department in dire need of cleaning up sewage will consider it in their best interest to operate Vactor trucks. These usually pack hefty machines designed for raw power and vacuuming ability. However, no two Vactors are really the same, and there are several considerations to make in choosing which model is actually tailored to the cleanup duties in your community.

When you're in the market for a Vactor, it is important to consult a company sales representative to help flesh out the right specifications for your preferred machine. Some experts suggest vetting machines using the so-called “80-15-5%” rule; the truck should meet the proper specs to work 80% of the time, with the remaining percentage dedicated to maintenance or upgrades.

It is inevitable that a vactor truck will be out for some maintenance downtime. Consider planning for the vehicle to be operational for no more than ten years under a full-service maintenance program. Have your workers familiarize themselves with the operations manual and undergo the manufacturer's training and safety courses. The investment in the maintenance will help preserve much of the vehicle's resale value.

A Vactor sewer-cleaning truck produced according to your operational specifications can be touted as capable of handling the work required in your community. Careful maintenance and training will help stretch the value.


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