Doing the best work - no matter what type of work it is - relies on having two things: the right training and the right equipment. Any professional company is going to be judged by the appearance and condition of the equipment that is used as well as whether the right device was used in the first place. When it comes to septic trucks, a brand new model is great - but if the right pump is not being used, inefficiency and excess strain on the equipment will result as will any attempt to gain and keep customers. Vacuum Trucks

Why Is It Important To Have The Right Pump Size?

A vacuum truck's pump is the heart of the machine and the heart of the business. Without a unit that works quickly and dependably, the vehicle itself is useless. The problematic thing about vacuum pumps that is not realized often enough is that bigger and more powerful does not necessarily mean better.

Improper pump selection can leave the unit either under or over-powered, neither of which are very helpful. An underpowered pump fails to create a good vacuum in the tank and has to work much harder to suction. On the other hand, pumps that are too powerful can create too much of a vacuum, which can be dangerous in some ways and increase the likelihood of clogged hoses from suction being too fast. Larger, more powerful ones also cost a lot more to own and to operate. Vacuum Truck for sale

Not Too Big - Not Too Small

Finding the right pump size for a vacuum truck depends mostly on something very simple, - the size of the tank. Generally speaking, the best tank size is actually smaller than what might be expected - work efficiency is the key here. Creating the perfect amount of vacuum that will suction heavy material with ease and without clogging the hoses or building up too much pressure is the ideal choice. Vacuum Truck Sales

Lacking an actual formula, what seems to work best is a pump that runs at about 10 percent - plus or minus - the size of the tank. In other words, a good combination for a 1,000-gallon tank is around 140 cubic feet per minute depending on the hoses being used as well as the type and performance of the pump. A 3,000-gallon tank works well with a 280 pump and a 4,000-gallon tank performs best with about 390 cubic feet per minute as an example.

Pump size seems to get closer to the actual tank size as the tank gets larger; however, there is no reason to go beyond such parameters when trying to select the right size pump. Note that with very small tanks such as those used for small jobs or port-a-potty services, the ratio is actually around 20 percent of the tank volume to keep up enough pressure in a smaller volume container. This is true up through 500 gallons, at which point the ratio begins to lower until it reaches that 10 percent plus-or-minus at 1,000 gallons. Septic Truck

There are many items where name brand makes little difference; this isn't the case with septic truck pumps. Whether it is because of material quality or just a better design in general, the tried and true brand names seem to perform better and last longer, although at an increased price. Don't base a decision on price alone, as there is more to consider when ordering or replacing pumps. 

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