What’s the Best Vehicle to Use for your JOB??

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The 4 Vehicles above are the most common vehicles used to perform field installation of CIPP lateral lines. That said, any vehicle that gets you to the field, with all of the materials and equipment you need to perform the job, and return again, are acceptable vehicles. So, why would you choose one over the other?

The contractor that lines multiple lines on any given day may choose a Box Truck. The box truck will give him an area to transport all of his materials equipment and supplies to the job. It can service as a “wet out” area to mix, impregnate and calibrate material that is then taken to the site of installation. They can add air conditioning, generators, and lighting to control resin temperatures, avoid sunlight and get the liner and calibration tubes ready for installation. They can store additional materials for the next liner to go in, and depending on the air compressor they use, can mount it in the vehicle or tow it behind the rig. He can provide space for cable machines for cleaning as well as video equipment for pre and post video of the lined pipe.

The service van is used by drain cleaning and plumbers in their day to day business activity and is considered a standard vehicle used in the trade. The plumber or drain cleaner who is cross does all phases of the trades work, may find it easier to load up the materials, equipment and supplies needed if a lining job is scheduled for the day. He will load what he needs for the job, in his traditional service vehicle and head out to the job. Many tradesmen look at this method as the most widely used as they’ve added lateral lining as just another tool in the toolbox. With modern equipment, they can easily transfer all they need to fit inside the vehicle and execute the work. If lateral lining is considered another tool in the toolbox, you have multiple service trucks, and you have your staff trained to be able to line pipe, then this may be the option for you.

On-board compressor and jack hammer

The dedicated trailer option is similar to the box truck option but comes at a lower investment cost. If you have a dedicated lining crew that does nothing but lining, many choose this option. Depending on the size you choose, you can perform “wet out”, storage, and movement from job to job with everything you need. You replenish your material and supplies in the unit and have inventory to perform many lining jobs before returning to the shop for more. This option limits tow behind compressors that you may need for jack hammer activities but can add an onboard compressor if you get a large enough trailer or attain our 70CFM mini-compressor. This is a popular option for newcomers to the business who perceive that lining is a very complicated process that only one crew can perform. If new to the industry, a trailer may be a good option as it controls equipment, materials and supplies for that activity, however additional drain cleaning equipment and a camera may add additional expense that is typically carried inside the service vehicle and if the typical service vehicle has a camera and drain cleaning machine then that extra equipment isn’t needed.

Finally, the lowly old pickup truck is perfectly acceptable. You can load all the materials, equipment, and supplies you need for the job in the box, tow a compressor and head out with a two-man crew. This is most likely the lowest cost option for lining, but attention to the checklist is paramount to the success as you will need to load and unload before and after every job.
If you are in the business, you most likely already have chosen a method to use, but conditions and circumstances change and when they do, reevaluate what’s best for todays’ conditions. If a dedicated crew can’t keep up with the work, you may want a second unit. You’ll need to decide all over again, which means of transport works best for you now.

If new to lining, you have many choices ahead of you. My best suggestion would be to be uncommitted to any of the above until you’ve done a job or two in the field. Let your circumstance dictate which is best after you get a handle on executing a job or two. It may mean working out of your service vehicles until you and your crew determine what would make your process “better, cheaper and faster” than what you are doing now. Letting a supplier or vendor determine what’s best for you may cost you in the long run.


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