2008 Summer Volume 8 No. 1
Stay in the Race!Purchasing, Maintaining, and Recycling Your Equipment
Just as in racing, the relative success of your portable sanitation business can stand or fall on the quality and performance of your equipment. Purchasing the right equipment, maintaining it, and recycling it are core components of your success.
Kevin Keegan is the founder and president of KeeVac Industries, a custom designer of sanitation service trucks located in Sheridan, Colorado. JohnTalk asked him to give us some insight into this very important subject.
Determine What’s Best for You
Before purchasing trucks, says Keegan, ask yourself what your needs are: What will your annual mileage be. How many toilets do you service in a week? What percentage of your equipment are hand-washing sinks versus portable toilets? Do you operate in a primarily cold or hot climate?
When you identify and can list your specific needs, a competent body builder will be able to help you with the proper design of your pumper. Next, work with your tank supplier to achieve the best value for your money, remember the cheapest is not always the best value. Then, work with your accountant or controller to determine whether it makes more sense for your business to lease or purchase the equipment.
Maintaining Your Equipment Assets is Key
According to Keegan, where trucks are concerned, following the maintenance schedule recommended by the manufacturer is always best.
Your pumping system requires daily maintenance to ensure a long service life. On a daily basis, you will need to drain the secondary moisture trap and oil catch muffler. Most vacuum pump manufacturers recommend daily flushing of your pump—a simple procedure that will maximize pump life.
Daily inspection of the vehicle by the driver prior to the start of the day, using the Driver’s Daily Vehicle Condition Report (VCR) is a D.O.T requirement and also ensures the safe operation of the vehicle systems.
Planned Replacement and Recycling
Most trucks have outlived their useful life and should be replaced about every seven to ten years. Good, well maintained tank and pumping systems should last fifteen to twenty years and can be recycled by remounting on a new truck chassis.
KeeVac’s vacuum "pumper" trucks can be used for portable restroom service, septic tanks, liquid waste disposal, waste water, sewer cleaning, grease, sludge, and other hazardous waste disposal. They can build service trucks on a variety of chassis including Ford, Chevy, Isuzu, Peterbilt, Freightliner, International, KW and Sterling, using all 1/4" aluminum tanks and the industry's best pumps, hoses and accessories.
KeeVac Industries Inc. helps vacuum truck owners improve their efficiency through lightweight aluminum tanks mounted on correctly specified chassis. Keegan's personal experience in servicing portable toilets and septic tanks has resulted in many improvements for operator ease, operator safety and reduced maintenance costs.
Stay on Track
The time, energy, and money you spend on your equipment are central to the successful operation and growth of your business. Cutting corners here is a foolish economy that can cause your business to spin out and crash into the wall. Stay on track. Buy or lease the right equipment; maintain it; and stay on the sure road to a winning finish!
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