What to Look for When Purchasing a Truck-Mounted Jetter

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What to Look for When Purchasing a Truck-Mounted Jetter

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Built to handle year-round line maintenance, truck-mounted jetters can break up blockages in sanitary lines, flush out debris, clear overwhelmed manholes, and scour sewer lines clean. Unlike typical trailer-mounted jetters, these machines offer more power and greater water capacity, and can drive from job site to job site.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer expanding or diversifying your sewer cleaning services, or you need to invest in a new truck-mounted jetter, it’s important to look for a machine that is built to your specific needs with quality, tested components. Key features to look for when purchasing a truck-mounted jetter include:

  • Available heated pump compartment
  • Rotating hose reel
  • Available enclosed rear shroud
  • Multi-flow water system
  • Remote control
  • Powerful water pump
  • Control, monitoring system

Available heated compartment for pump and plumbing
An aluminum heated enclosure keeps the pump and plumbing covered and protected at all times, even in the coldest temperatures. 

Rotating hose reel
For direct alignment to manholes and clean-outs, look for a truck jetter configuration that allows for either a front- or rear-mounted rotating hose reel depending on the customer’s requirements. Choose either a front hose reel with a capacity of at least 800 feet of 1-inch hose, and the ability to telescope up to 15 inches forward and rotate up to 270 degrees, or a rear hose reel with a capacity of at least 700 feet of 1-inch hose, and the ability to rotate 180 degrees — 90 degrees to curb side and 90 degrees to street side. 

Enclosed rear shroud
A rear shroud with see-through Lexan windows enables operation with the doors closed, optimizing heat containment for cold-weather protection. This configuration is ideally suited for year-round sewer cleaning in colder climates.

Multiflow system
A water system with multiflow allows the operator to set a lower desired flow at a lower rpm without diverting high-pressure water back to the water tank. This increases runtime by using the required flow and pressure to get the job done, with less wear and tear on components.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Truck-Mounted Jetter

Built to handle year-round line maintenance, truck-mounted jetters can break up blockages in sanitary lines, flush out debris, clear overwhelmed manholes and scour sewer lines clean.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Truck-Mounted Jetter

Whether you’re a first-time buyer expanding or diversifying your sewer cleaning services, or you need to invest in a new truck-mounted jetter, it’s important to look for a machine that is built to your specific needs with quality, tested components.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Truck-Mounted Jetter

When purchasing a truck-mounted jetter, look for a machine that includes an aluminum heated enclosure that keeps the pump and plumbing covered and protected at all times, even in the coldest temperatures.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Truck-Mounted Jetter

Choose either a front hose reel with a capacity of at least 800 feet of 1-inch hose, and the ability to telescope up to 15 inches forward and rotate up to 270 degrees, or a rear hose reel with a capacity of at least 700 feet of 1-inch hose, and the ability to rotate 180 degrees — 90 degrees to curb side and 90 degrees to street side.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Truck-Mounted Jetter

When selecting a rear-mounted hose reel, look for an available enclosed rear shroud with see-through Lexan windows that enables operation with the doors closed, optimizing heat containment for cold-weather protection.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Truck-Mounted Jetter

Look for a truck jetter with remote-control operation to enhance productivity and safety on the job, put the operator comfortably in control of all machine functions, and provide greater flexibility for positioning and maneuverability.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Truck-Mounted Jetter

Look for a truck jetter that offers electronic control and monitoring of real-time water flow, pressure, hose footage and critical maintenance and engine information for simple and intuitive troubleshooting.

Remote control capabilities
Remote-control operation enhances productivity and safety on the job, puts the operator comfortably in control of all machine functions, and gives the operator greater flexibility for positioning and maneuverability. 

Powerful water pump
For flexibility to clean any size line, look for a water pump designed exclusively for sewer cleaning that offers flow of 0 to 80 gpm at a variable pressure up to 2,500 psi at the hose reel. Also look for a system that offers the versatility of smooth flow at the nozzle for general cleaning and root cutting. 

Reliable control and monitoring system
Look for a jetter that offers electronic control and monitoring of real-time water flow, pressure, hose footage and critical maintenance and engine information for simple and intuitive troubleshooting. An electronic control system ensures proper sequencing of functions to prevent misuse of the machine and provides an added level of safety. 

Truck jetters are built to handle year-round line maintenance. Unlike trailer-mounted units, truck jetters offer greater power and water capacity, and can drive from job site to job site. As this helpful video shows, the Vactor RamJet truck jetter can be configured to match your specific needs, with your choice of hose reel locations, unique productivity-enhancing options, and a variety of accessories. 


Purchasing a truck-mounted jetter is a significant investment. It’s important to take the time to find the right truck-mounted jetter that suits your specific needs. For additional assistance determining which truck-mounted jetter is right for you, please visit www.vactor.com or see your local Vactor dealer.



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