All vacuum trucks serve primarily the same purpose – to suction material from one place and pump it out at another location. Such similarity does not remove the need that each unit should be individually chosen based on the actual job site application. One of the important variables to be considered before purchasing any one of these trucks is the tank and its fitness for a particular use. It should never be assumed that all tanks are the same; the right one for a specific job provides better efficiency and longer life – and ultimately greater profits.
Capacity and Construction
The two most important decisions to be made when deciding on the right tank is size and material. Necessary capacity will depend on the primary customers that are serviced with the vacuum trucks, whether residential homes, work sites, or portable potty maintenance at events as well as how much volume is collected daily while servicing customers. Tanks as small as 500 gallons may be sufficient for smaller jobs, while larger tasks may require up to a 1500 gallon tank. Getting the right size saves time, effort, and fuel costs.
Tank construction and material depends on the substances to be carried. For most basic septic servicing applications, the choice is usually steel, stainless steel, or aluminum; however, there are pros and cons with each type. Steel is tough, strong, and the least expensive but will eventually corrode. Aluminum is the lightest of the three and will not corrode; however, it is much more expensive than steel and not nearly as durable against sustaining dents, dings, and even a collapse. Stainless seems to be the middle ground of the three, although it is still more costly than a plain, steel tank.
Determining which option is the best requires knowing the material being pumped, the size of the vacuum truck to handle a loaded tank, life expectancy, price, perceived durability, and more. Weighing the different features as to which are most important should dictate which tank type and size is the best choice.
There are many generic or off-brand products that are as equal in quality as name brand counterparts – and just as many that are not. The concerns with specialized equipment such as septic truck tanks and pumps is how the quality of material, production method, and design will affect a tank’s function, durability and lifespan. Tossing out a $2 box of generic cereal because it just doesn’t taste right is one thing – discovering than a vacuum truck with an off-brand tank will not hold a vacuum due to a design flaw is something very different.
Having a manufacturer’s warranty is good – but having vacuum trucks off the road for any kind of major repair does not allow for jobs to get done and reduces profit. Companies that rely on the performance of every single unit all the time are not in a position to risk poor performance with an unknown manufacturer that has an unknown reliability track record. For this reason, many equipment buyers unequivocally recommend relying on reputable brands and manufacturers that make trusted and reliable parts.
Price Versus Everything Else
Naturally, cost is always a concern when talking about expensive equipment such as vacuum trucks and their parts. Buyers must be able to recognize a fair price – and know which prices are too good to be true. Each of the above points has an effect on price, so it is vital to carefully determine need and then compare name versus off brands. This can provide an idea of any pricing differences and whether it is or is not consequential in selecting a tank. In the end, it may be the best choice to buy a more expensive one that will return its worth in a longer service life – that is truly the better value!