Trailer Jetters, Cart Jetters, and Compact Skid Jetters…Needs Versus Wants! (Part 1 of 3)
Author: John McBride
So you’ve been researching jetters, asking all the questions, and getting many different opinions about what you should use, everything from size, GPM, PSI, and brand. We discussed GPM/PSI in another article and of course we think you should buy our brand (duh) so let’s focus on the pros and cons of the 3 types you might be considering. Portable Cart jetters, Trailer jetters, or a Mounted Skid jetter or “Van Pack”
The general answer is, “you should buy what works for you and your business!” Here are a few thoughts, some you have probably figured out already and maybe a few you haven’t.
Portable Cart Jetters: Carts are a great way to enter the world of jetter ownership and for some businesses may be all you ever need. They are easily cared for, transported, and stored. They don’t take up a lot of space in your shop and don’t need to occupy a permanent place in your service truck. Take them when you need it, leave them behind when you don’t.
Other pros of cart jetters: 1) They are relatively inexpensive to buy and own. 2) They can be switched between multiple trucks and they are easy to operate. 3) Today’s cart jetters are plenty capable. The Big Brute can clean larger diameter pipe when needed, but with 9 GPM and 4000 PSI it can power through tree roots and grease in up to 6 inch diameter pipe.
The cons of the cart jetters: (keeping in mind these may not be “cons” to everyone) 1) They may not be with you all the time. Jetting jobs are easier to sell if they can be completed “right now”. 2) Larger customers may not take you seriously, someone with a trailer or mounted unit in a dedicated drain cleaning van may have a perceived advantage in selling industrial or facility maintenance customers, even if the jetter is less capable. 3) They most likely will need to be loaded and unloaded from the truck for each use, requiring a lift-gate, crane, or ramps and a couple of strong backs…(Part 1 of 3)
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