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Protect Your Vactor Truck Parts from Wear

Preventative Measures to Protect Your Vactor Truck Parts from Wear

Whether you’re using a Vactor truck rental or your very own unit frequently, you always have to keep in mind ideal practices to keep it well maintained. Sure, these heavy duty equipment are meant to take on the toughest jobs but too much wear and tear can eventually take a toll on your Vactor truck parts. Finding a replacement during inconvenient hours can be both expensive and difficult. To avoid a hassle that can put a stop to your operations, here are a few preventative measures you need to take.

Proper Operation

Handling and operating your equipment as instructed by the manufacturer goes a long way in terms of maintenance. For instance, a septic pumping truck or a vacuum truck must only be used as they are intended to be, never as substitutes for other specialized vehicles. Equipment such as these often come with their own manuals with detailed operation procedures, illustrated guides and even maintenance steps. Contractors would do well to carry those with them whenever they head out to provide service. If, for example, your rental does not come with a manual, you can always contact manufacturers or distributors to ask them for tips.

Turn Off and Startup

Turning off the machine at the end of the day is always recommended. Doing so allows you to give the equipment a last inspection as you will have to empty water systems, and open up drain valves or the debris body. While you’re at it, check the fluid levels and apply lubricant where necessary. This is especially helpful if you are storing the truck for an extended period of time rather than just overnight. You wouldn’t want to find it unable to work the next time you need it, after all.

Likewise, you should fire up the engines properly as well. Start by clearing the waste using a water handgun. Check areas like the pump, intake hosts, nozzles, tubes, fittings and deflectors for signs of wear and debris as well. Once you’ve given the equipment a good clean, start it up and let it run for a few minutes before you take it out to remove excessive moisture from the body.

Thorough Inspection

Once every month, your Vactor truck must be inspected thoroughly. Everything from the exterior to the electrical wiring and insulation has to be checked. Most people tend to overlook the more sensitive parts inside since they are not readily accessible, but that is what makes an inspection more crucial. However, if you are unfamiliar with the inner workings of your equipment, do not attempt to repair any damage detected. Opt for calling your service provider instead who can point you to a personnel who can handle the repairs.

Sources:

Maintaining Your Vacuum Truck, AmericanLiquidWaste.com

Septic System Care: Septic Tank Pumping Procedure, Inspectapedia.com