Septic_Trucks_for_SaleOne type of heavy duty equipment that deals with all sorts of filth in sewage lines and septic tanks is the septic truck, otherwise known as the vacuum truck. This equipment is designed to handle various sorts of fluids that are unfit for workers to handle with their bare hands, such as toxic liquid or human waste. Those who are interested in purchasing septic trucks for sale should also know that these vehicles automatically suction waste without the need for workers to come in contact with the fluid. Disposal is also done automatically, so there is no contact necessary in the collection and disposal of the fluid.

Since there are a variety of septic trucks for sale that could handle all sorts of waste material and toxic substances, the equipment may also be exposed to caustic fluids that could cause faster deterioration of some of the truck parts. To prevent premature deterioration and to lengthen the service life of the septic truck, it is important to conduct regular maintenance and proper clean-up of the vehicle after every use.

Base Truck Maintenance

Like any regular vehicle, the base of the truck where all the vacuum components are mounted requires regular maintenance. Since the same engine drives the transmission and PTO that powers the truck’s vacuum system, it is important that regular tune-ups are performed in order to get the most power out of the truck’s engine, whether on the road or while using the truck’s vacuum system.

Engine maintenance should include regular fuel replacement to ensure sufficient lubrication on all the engine’s internal components. Sufficient lubrication prevents friction between moving metal parts, thus lengthening the life of engine components. As a rule of thumb, the engine’s oil filter should also be replaced every time the engine oil is changed. The role of the oil filter is to trap small metal particles and keep them from re-circulating back into the engine, thus preventing damage.

Another important part of the truck that needs regular replacement is the engine’s air filter. The engine requires air in order for fuel to burn. The role of the air filter is to block any dust particles and prevent them from getting inside the engine. Over time, dust will collect on the air filter. If not replaced or cleaned regularly, dust can restrict the flow of air, resulting in poor engine performance.

The specific maintenance interval on truck parts depends upon the manufacturer of the base truck. Vacuum truck operators should see to it that the interval of maintenance recommended by the manufacturer is followed to get the most out of the truck’s performance and extend its service life.

Hydraulic System Maintenance

Most of the components of septic trucks for sale are powered by hydraulic rams. The truck’s hydraulic system can become polluted over time and, with the nature of how vacuum trucks are used, most hydraulic system components are prone to deterioration. Caustic substances can cause faster deterioration to hydraulic components.

To prevent damage to the truck’s hydraulic system, it is important to keep the hydraulic system clean and dry. Any splashes that could reach any part of the septic truck should be cleaned off immediately to prevent damage. The hydraulic fluid of the vacuum truck should also be replaced as required by the manufacturer to prevent hydraulic pollution which could result in malfunctions.

Operators should also check the truck’s hydraulic lines at regular intervals and look for signs of brittleness and leaks so repair or replacement can be done before the problem worsens.

Vacuum Unit Maintenance

Most modern septic trucks have stainless steel components which have high resistance to corrosion; however, it is still important to maintain the vacuum unit to get the most service from it.

Septic trucks are designed to store a large volume of debris inside their tanks; however, debris can only be stored inside the tank for short periods of time, preferably only during collection and transportation to the treatment facility. Storing fluids any longer could damage the truck’s components, particularly when the fluid being collected has caustic properties.

After every collection and dumping, all of the components should be flushed with clean water in order to get rid of any potentially harmful residue. This includes storage tanks, suction lines, and any part of the truck’s exterior that may have come in contact with the fluid. Cleaning the truck after every use should prevent it from corroding and extend its service life.

Another important truck component that should be maintained regularly is the truck’s vacuum filter. The filter is designed to protect the blower from the materials being vacuumed. Filters get worn out over time and could develop holes. When a hole is present, vacuumed materials can get inside the blower and damage the lobes of the blower.

Like most heavy equipment, regular maintenance is the key to maximizing performance and utilizing the full service life of any septic trucks for sale!