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Selecting the Right Specialty Vehicle for Your Needs

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

We tailor your vacuum truck to meet your industry demands. Our factory-trained technicians will be with you every step of the way through the design process. We help you decide if stainless steel, carbon steel, or aluminum is the best option for your tanker.

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Whether you are preparing to invest in one new truck or a fleet of trucks for your commercial enterprises, you want to make the best decision possible. While finding a solution that works well with your budget may be a priority, it is most important to find a solution that meets all your functional demands. There is a wide range of truck models available, and there is even a substantial variation amongst specialty truck models.

“Cost is more important than quality but quality is the best way to reduce cost. ”

Vacuum trucks are commonly used to clean portable restrooms, septic, grease traps and provide airport services. There are also general commercial or industrial jobs that may require these trucks. While it may be easy to look at vacuum truck models as a single-specialty type, the fact is that there are variations between portable restroom units, airport service units, and many other options. You need to find the best model for your specific industry needs, and we can help narrow down the best choice available.

How do you decide what tank is best for you?

Keep these fundamental questions in mind: What is your budget? $$$$ What are you hauling? Weight capacity needed? And Length of Service?

Let's begin by evaluating the vacuum tank material options available Carbon Steel, Aluminum, and Stainless Steel.

  1. Carbon Steel has a durable solid tank structure, is wear-resistant, malleable, and is the least expensive. The higher carbon content makes the steel more rigid and robust than other steel. However, it requires regular interior and exterior maintenance throughout the tank's life. They are also difficult to repair, requiring a lot of labor and special tools to refurbish steel tanks, which may result in high material and labor costs.

  2. Aluminum is also a very durable tank, and they don't require too much maintenance and work very well with grease and septic service needs. Another advantage is that aluminum haulers are lightweight, which means they consume less gas and can haul more product on each run – so you save money on each tank's trip. However, they are more expensive than steel.

  3. Stainless Steel tanks are highly durable, corrosive resistant, have longevity, are low maintenance, and work great with different products and chemicals. They are highly recommended for those operating along the coast or in areas where a tank is routinely exposed to salty environments. However, their life expectancy makes them the most expensive material for vacuum trucks.

If you are preparing to buy a new specialty tank truck, we are ready to assist you with your selection. Our team is committed to helping you make an informed decision most suitable for your industry needs. We assist you through choosing the tank material, pumping system, jetter system, components, upgrades, and chassis options. Whether you need to purchase a vacuum specialty truck, a water delivery truck, or a waste oil collection truck, our team will listen carefully to your needs before recommending a suitable model. Contact us today to receive the personal service you need when making this consequential decision. We are happy to discuss and provide recommendations on your next tank truck purchase. Give us a call at 305.573.2268.

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