Vacuum trucks are a great investment for any business looking to diversify and get in on a hot new market. The fracking industry in the United States is booming, it is now providing a significant portion of the country’s energy needs and is the main driving force behind the overall growth of the market.
Vacuum trucks should serve their owners for a number of years, over which time they usually pay for themselves many times over in the amount of money they generate. However, as with any machine or tool, if they aren’t properly maintained, then their lifespan will shorten considerably, and they could end up failing at the most inopportune moment.
In this article we take a look at some of the most important things to remember when it comes to keeping your vacuum truck well-maintained and always ready for another job.
The most important thing to check as a part of the general maintenance of your vacuum truck is that the necessary areas are correctly lubricated, in particular the hydraulics. This kind of preventative maintenance should be carried out often in order to spot problems before they develop into serious issues.
If you buy a good quality vacuum truck, such as those available from Satellite VacuumXpress, then you will find that they require less overall maintenance works.
At the end of every day, shut your vacuum truck down and then empty the water system to allow for any debris to be carried away and air to circulate. When preparing the truck for storage you will want to make sure that the tailgate is propped open, it is also vital that if the truck is to be stored at 32 °F or lower, you ensure that all water is drained. In cold temperatures you should also regularly check fluids and ensure appropriate lubrication.
At least once a week you should make sure to clean the entire truck, preferably using pressurized water. In particular, make sure that the debris body is raised and that you clean any areas this exposes that you might otherwise have missed.
You should also, every now and then when checking the fluid levels in the hydraulic tank, ensure that the cylinders are all sat in their retracted position.
Keeping the cyclone screens clean is essential in order to ensure that air flow is maintained, and the unit can efficiently separate air and water. While doing this, check that there are no broken or damaged seals in areas where air could easily escape.
As you use your vacuum truck, some wear on the intake hose is to be expected but there are a couple of things you can do to minimize the wear and tear. You should check the hose regularly and make a mental note of any signs of wear, by rotating the hose slightly every couple of days you will avoid the hose wearing out in one particular spot.
By following the steps outlined above you can identify any problems with your vacuum truck before they become serious and save yourself a lot of money and heartache down the line.