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Weighing the Pros and Cons: Vactor Truck Rental Versus Purchasing One

The need for a Vactor truck is undeniably important, especially when it comes to ensuring that community pipelines, culverts, and even stormwater drains are kept clean and well-maintained. Although these structures may not always be visible, these play a very important role in the health of your community.

The only real question there is whether you should opt for a Vactor truck rental versus actually investing in one. Indeed, there are many considerations to be factored in before this can be decided on, with budget being the most critical. Here are some points of discussion you can use to have a clearer picture of which setup would be better for you and your community.

Vactor Truck

Frequency of Use

If your community, municipality, or city is relatively small in size, it would be much more cost-efficient to simply rent the Vactor truck as needed. A smaller geography usually means smaller size infrastructures like plumbing systems that may need the use of this equipment. This is especially true if these systems are generally well-maintained and are not expected to pose too much of a problem over time.

Maintenance

It’s important to realize that equipment expenses do not end after you purchase your own Vactor truck. Like all other equipment, you will also have to make sure that you keep the truck itself well-maintained. Otherwise, it can have issues with it and from time to time would even require you to get replacement Vactor truck parts. That should not be a problem if you have a trusted supplier, but bear in mind that maintenance will be a continuous budget consideration if you decide to get your own unit.

If you choose to simply rely on a rental, you won’t have to worry about maintenance because the equipment supplier takes care of it. Also you only pay for the time that you use the equipment. In terms of convenience, therefore, it’s much better to get a rental instead of purchasing.

Availability

In this regard, having your own Vactor truck wins over rentals. Having a truck readily available whenever you need it, without having to call an equipment supplier, can prove to be a huge advantage especially during emergency situations. Other than that, reliable equipment rental companies will always have a wide range of Vactor truck models available at all times; all you lose is time required to deliver the truck from their site to yours.

Through these considerations, you can determine which Vactor truck arrangement suits your community best. 

Sources
What Can I Expect to Pay for a Vacuum Truck Rental?, Vacuum Truck Exchange
Collection Systems O&M Fact Sheet: Sewer Cleaning and Inspection, EPA