It’s important to understand the difference between all the types of oilfield trucks on the market. Oilfield trucks all have very different features that help them play crucial roles when extracting oil on a daily basis. While they all need to perform different functions, they must have some common characteristics. It’s vital that all of the trucks working on the rig be tough, powerful, and most importantly reliable.
In this blog, we cover the different types of oilfield trucks that we offer at Tiger General in an effort to familiarize our readers with each one a little bit more.
Swab Rigs are primarily used to remove fluids from “production zones” of a well. The removal of these fluids allows for the extraction of the natural resource inside. The Swab Rig is normally as close to the well as it possibly can get. A cable is then lowered into the well via a winch. The Swab Rig then moves the cable up and down in the well. This creates bottom-hole pressure that pushes the natural resources to the top of the well so they may be removed by oilfield workers. For information on how the swabbing process works, you can check out our previous blog post.
Winches are used to lift or to pull heavy objects. They can vary in size from those on the front of small vehicles, to ones mounted on heavy equipment which may weigh tons. These trucks are primarily used for carrying heavier items such as oilfield equipment from location to location. If you’ve ever seen large semi-trucks on the highway that are carrying tractors or smaller trucks, then you have seen a winch truck in action. For more information on our winch trucks, check out an older blog.
Vacuum trucks (or vac trucks) are used to carry liquids, solids or sludge. These trucks use a large heavy-duty vacuum to remove any substance that is loose enough to be pumped. While vacuum trucks are commonly used in the petroleum industry to transport natural resources, they are also used in several different ways as well. They can also be used for street and sewer cleanups by town governments, or by restaurants to pump out grease interceptors. Vacuum trucks are a great way of transporting any odd or unsanitary elements that need to be removed from a particular area. Check out our Vacuum Trucks product page for more information.
Wrapping it up
While many of these trucks may not have the glamor of a shiny new truck, they are instrumental to getting things done on oil rig sites. They may not be the prettiest or the most popular, but they contribute to our society more than most people could even guess.
We hope that this blog helped you gain a better understanding of the different types of heavy oilfield trucks we offer here at Tiger General. If you need a new piece of equipment, fill out the Tiger General Truck Inquiry Form today!