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Investing in lube trucks and what’s worth knowing

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Before you approach any oil truck manufacturer with the aim of purchasing it is well advised to be certain about the size of the vehicle with regards to your operations. This may sound like basic straightforward commonsense but if you get it wrong at this point in time the consequences will be really weighty. There is thus need to make the size projections as accurate as possible; you need a truck that will be large enough to service your fleet sufficiently but not too large that utilization expenses will spiral out of control.

How does one arrive at an accurate projection? This can certainly not be done based on mere assumptions – you have to make a thorough analysis of your requirements starting with the fundamentals. Here you will need to make a list of the equipment that’ll be serviced (type and number of each). You will need to outline the mode of servicing required for this equipment as well as the frequency of the service. An estimate of the time between each refill of the oil truck must also be arrived at. It should also be clear whether or not the truck will ferry fuel, need a greasing system, etc. Further, you have to be aware of the terrain in the region where the truck will operate as well as the climate in that area/s.

Despite having these considerations well outlined, you will probably have a tough time deciding on the best dimensions for your new truck if this is your debut purchase. Accordingly, it is worth consulting experienced truck owners as well as various manufacturers because they will no doubt offer new insights and even highlight concerns that you may have overlooked. Additionally, you should make a point of learning as much about these vehicles as you can – the internet is awash with information about lube trucks that will be of much use to you.

From an industry perspective, most to-be owners of lubrication trucks consider the extent to which a vehicle will be concealed by shielding structures and will in this regard make a choice from three options i.e. open with enclosed hose-reel partition, fully enclosed, and fully open. This choice is in turn dictated by the conditions at the jobsite as well as the area climate. For example, a fully enclosed truck will be most desirable for areas that are particularly dusty as well as those where the weather is predominantly cold.

The products that the oil truck will carry and the quantities of these is also a crucial consideration for its design. Again this may sound rudimentary but you will need to think really hard if you, for instance, wish to purchase a full-service vehicle. Such lube trucks are known to carry multiple grades of engine oil, final-drive oil, grease, gear lubricant, hydraulic fluid, water, and so on. The nature of these products will determine the manner in which their respective compartments/tanks will be designed. Considerations must also be made in the event that the truck will have to carry salvaged products such as used oil.

Only after these fundamentals have been ascertained can the projections for the truck’s chassis be outlined based on the weight that the vehicle is expected to bear. However, there are also legal highway weight limits to keep in mind too. Lots of other technical nitty-gritty must also be factored in before the truck can begin to take shape. This is indeed why you need to work with a professional oil truck manufacturer.


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