Fuel lube trucks are an essential part of any equipment fleet, helping a company to stay efficient and more profitable. Delivering fuel, and providing required lube service on the jobsite reduces downtime and the need for equipment to move from the site when fueling and lubing are necessary. Not every fuel and lube truck is the same. Therefore, any company in the market for fuel lube trucks for sale should consider what their needs are first. There is a vast selection of used fuel lube trucks for sale today that will fit most every company’s specific need.
Truck and Tank Size - Buy to Fit the Operation
Just like any other work truck, new or used fuel lube trucks need to fit the operation, or purchasing a unit will be money wasted. A huge truck with a huge tank that is not used enough still costs money to maintian, and is no better than a truck and tank that is too small to efficiently keep equipment fueled and serviced as necessary. To determine the best size truck and fuel tank, a business must perform an analysis of their fuel usage and lube needs, and then decide which size makes the most financial sense for them.
After determining their needs in terms of tank and general truck size, a company ready to purchase new or used fuel lube trucks for sale must consider the chassis. It should be durable enough to handle the use and loads the vehicle will see. When considering used vehicles, do not simply assume that because the truck exists, the chassis has been well-matched to everything else. Besides equipment and fuel, also consider things like product storage, tools, and anything else that requires space and adds weight. Think in terms of the most the truck could possibly carry, to ensure the chassis will be durable enough.
Truck Body Type
Fuel lube trucks are typically available in three body types: 1) fully enclosed; 2) fully open; and, 3) open body with an enclosed fuel reel compartment. Consider the work environment, and whether fueling, or lubing will be of greater importance for the specific truck. Then purchase a unit based on these considerations. Enclosed bodies are useful in colder climates, and in particularly dusty and dirty environments. Open bodies make more sense for a warmer climate, and where dust is not much of an issue. Many variations on units with partially enclosed bodies also exist, providing varying amounts of protection for equipment, tanks, and supplies. Of all the body types available, combination open bodies with enclosed fuel hose reels seem to be the most popular.
Pumps and Other Equipment
Different pumps work in different ways, so consider things like the type of fuel being pumped, as well as the climate and work environment, and how quickly fuel must be pumped, to help decide on the type of pump necessary. Hydraulic pumps are faster, and recommended for fuel, while pneumatic pumps may suffice to move other liquids - like oil, antifreeze and water. Besides pumps, also consider accessories and add-on equipment that can make the job of fuel lube trucks easier - such as tank heaters, longer and larger diameter hoses if circumstances warrant them, and the inclusion of a good fluids filtration and metering system -to keep everything clean, and keep count.
Although these are not the only specifications those who purchase fuel lube trucks must consider, the basics always start with buying the best truck suited for the use it will receive. When searching for fuel lube trucks for sale, always know what your needs are and then determine whether the used fuel lube trucks being offered for sale can fill that need. By putting the necessary research and effort into finding the right unit, a company will gain the most benefit from having fuel lube trucks on the job to keep the work flowing!