Should I get a truck mount?

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Should I get a truck mount?

Postby gcuete » Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:25 am

I have been considering investing on a truck mount, mostly for a marketing advantage over the cheap coupons companies and to impress the HVAC guys.
But I am in a big metro area where single family homes are less than half of the jobs, the rest is condos, townhouses, and hard to reach places and tight parking.
I am wondering if I can easily work with 125 ft to 150 ft of hoses.
I am planning to also have a portable unit in the truck, so I will need room for all of the hoses and a portable unit as well.
Can anyone share some thoughts on it.
Thanks.
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Re: Should I get a truck mount?

Postby breatheclean » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:48 am

Check out the Hypervac h1 it might be exactly what you are looking for they are made in alberta canada just youtube it,the truck also carries a portable which might be exactly what you are looking for Ron
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Re: Should I get a truck mount?

Postby John Bently » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:45 pm

You want to take a good look at your budget and see what the numbers say you can afford. A downturn in business that may tighten your cash flow could create quite a problem if you borrow for the purchase.

My first choice would be to see what is in the used market. You can save a lot of money finding a good piece of used equipment. People downsizing, replacing or dropping that portion of the business can often have good equipment for a reasonable price. My primary concern with used equipment is the engine and maintenance. That being said you can put a new engine in a truck or piece of equipment for a reasonable cost.

If you go with a "slide-in" unit you can put it in a box truck and have room for a portable and lots of hose when stored efficiently. One nice thing about a box truck is there is lots of surface for signage and you have a big truck look.

You mentioned hard to reach places and parking. There is also traffic, overnight parking, fuel costs and driver capability to think about as well.

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Re: Should I get a truck mount?

Postby gcuete » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:24 am

What is better, pto such as the Caddyvac or separated engine such is the H1 from Hyppervac?
Also has anyone tried the H1 truck?
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Re: Should I get a truck mount?

Postby Ron » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:31 pm

My Heat Seal truck mount is a good unit and there is enough space left inside my 14' box truck to carry my Nikro EC5000 and a portable compressor when needed without removing anything else. I've it for 11 years.
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Re: Should I get a truck mount?

Postby breatheclean » Fri May 02, 2014 7:24 pm

I use pto driven biltwell and caddyvac unit's and they both work well,one of my units has a quincy 340 which i really like,never gets low on air.Just seen the h1 units and think they would really work good for certain companies,plus you can put it on a 4x4 chassis very easily,i am in canada so that would be a big plus!!
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Re: Should I get a truck mount?

Postby gcuete » Mon May 05, 2014 8:12 pm

I heard Caddyvac is more reliable than Biltwell but I don't know anything about the H1. The Caddyvac people saytheir trucks produce 10000 CFM at I think 20" static pressure
The H1 people says 12000 CFM on theirs
Biltwell says 12500 CFM at 15" static pressure

I may settle for a box truck, to see how it goes from there, and a set up such as Zephyr or Heat Seal diesel truck mount.

The folks at Myers Machine say the Zephyr pulls 11000 CFM at the end 100 ft 8" hose - does it sound true?
Myers folks also says that the Heat seal machine is an overkill and a waste of energy since the the 8" hose cannot keep up with the fan.

Does it anyone know the output with static pressure on all of the above?
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Re: Should I get a truck mount?

Postby Art Schlangen » Mon May 05, 2014 9:20 pm

I have a Heat Seal unit and works great for us. Very Happy with the unit. We are just starting up but I know a couple of companies that is all they use and they are very successful. Just my two cents. Good Luck. ART
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Re: Should I get a truck mount?

Postby Robert » Wed May 07, 2014 11:04 am

We have 2 meyer zephyers, both in 16' box trucks. Plenty of suction and space. I have older ones with a separate air compressor. i can tell you this: the suction at the end of 200' of 8" is still way more than any portable i have ever used, and i own a lot of portable electric vacs. These units where rated at about 8000 cfm @ 30" of static lift. They have more suction than a gas portable, and you don't have to worry about rain. That being said we do about %50 residential and for the price to performance ratio its a no brainier for the power they offer. My trucks carry 200' of vacuum hose, 300' of air hose, a small electric portable vacuum, 2 hepa vacs, etc....we bring it all!
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Re: Should I get a truck mount?

Postby gcuete » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:42 am

What is the minimum payload capacity should you have if your carrying all of the same items above mention by Robert. A Zephyr 1500 lbs, 1 portable 200 lbs, 300' air line, a 32 ladder, tools, some shelving, 200 ft 8' hoses, miscellaneous, shop vac, 2 techs. etc.
I now nothing about trucks, I have always owned GM vans, so as of right now I am thinking about a gas box trucks 14 " x 7 width, with about 3,000 lbs payload. Does it make sense? We drive 25k miles yearly in metro area traffic.
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