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Choosing the Right Vacuum Truck and Tank

When it comes to working on the oil field, you have to know you have the right equipment for the job. Everything you do out here is important, potentially risky and could be either a value add or a non starter. The trucks and equipment you use have to be exactly what you need to make money, but oilfield equipment purchases must be done carefully. We’ve put together a few things to think about in choosing the right vacuum truck and tank. 

Material Matters: Aluminum or Steel

Choosing the right vacuum truck and tank starts with materials. At Tiger General, we make both aluminum and steel tanks, and there are upsides and downsides to both. 

Steel is known for its durability and long life, and it’s built tough for those unforgiving job sites we find in the oilfield. Steel is, however, a heavier material. With weight limits applying to oil and gas transfers, this can be a hindrance to increased profit. Steel tanks can also get corroded (We take extra care for this).

Aluminum is a different animal altogether. The biggest benefit of aluminum tanks are they’re lightweight. This allows you to add more weight in product, increasing your max capacity.  They also tend to be easier to care for, with less chance of corrosion. The downside? Aluminum doesn’t have quite the same strength and durability of steel. 

Consider all of these points when deciding what material you want to go with. Do you want to spend more money upfront, or are you OK with a cheaper make that requires additional maintenance over time? How much does weight matter and how heavy can it be? 

Size Does Matter

How much product are you anticipating out of your oilfields? How much do you own the rights to? If you’ve only got a few spaces, then perhaps a smaller tank will be just fine. If you know your wells are brimming with gas and oil, however, a bigger tank could mean fewer trips, saving you time and money. 

Your tank size isn’t the only thing that matters. In fact, the size, power and quality of your vacuum pump can’t be overstated. At Tiger General, we use a National NVE 607 MAX PAK pump. It’s a water-cooled pump that produces 357 CFM max airflow. There is a maximum intermittent vacuum 28”, with max intermittent pressure of 30 psi. We also use a powerful American-made pump in our vacuum trucks.

Where To Find the Best Vacuum Truck

No matter what specs you are looking for, you can find the best at Tiger General. We only sell high-powered premium vac pumps, so you can load and unload faster. Our trucks are well-engineered from start to finish, including a four-layer primer and paint job that protects your equipment to give your truck added longevity.

Our tanks come in three sizes, 60-, 80- and 100-barrel capacity. All of our tanks are double welded by certified welders only and are job tested and field-proven.  We also use a stress-reducing mount system. 

Get Your Vacuum Truck at Tiger General

If you’re in the midst of choosing the right vacuum truck and tank for your needs, check out our vacuum truck page and our various informative flyers. Fill out the Tiger General Truck Inquiry Form today to get started on bringing your next piece of equipment to where it’s needed most.