What to Look For When Purchasing a New Combination Sewer Cleaner

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What to Look For When Purchasing a New Combination Sewer Cleaner

The search for a combination sewer cleaner begins the same as any piece of equipment: Know the job you’re planning to complete. Before making any equipment purchase, do the necessary due diligence to decide which machine is right for your business.


With vacuum trucks, a larger pump does not necessarily mean faster work. Consider such factors as sewer pipe dimensions and location of the job site. It’s also helpful to know the size of a typical application so that the correct size debris body is selected to complete the work as efficiently as possible.

Work in crowded, urban areas can limit the size of your truck to a maximum height and wheelbase so it can maneuver around side streets and alleys. More rural work might limit your gross vehicle weight due to scale restrictions and road surfaces.


The more tasks a single machine can accomplish, the greater the potential return on investment. You should look for a machine that can tackle a variety of projects throughout the year, including stormwater cleanup, sewer cleaning and maintenance — and in some cases, vacuum excavation work.

Ease of operation

Equipment that is easy to operate, even for the most experienced operators, helps get the work done right, and on time. Look for a machine that offers intuitively simple controls inside and outside the cab that are designed to maximize operator efficiency.

Ease of maintenance

Proper maintenance of your sewer truck will help ensure long life. Look for a combination sewer cleaner that offers easy access to important maintenance compartments. 


Today’s combination sewer cleaners offer plenty of options that can make the machine safer, more efficient and more user-friendly. Work with your equipment dealer to identify optional features that are best suited to your budget and needs. 


Before purchasing a truck, research the different warranties and support programs offered with each machine. Make sure your equipment has the necessary warranty support to maximize the return on your investment.


When it comes to machine longevity, minimal downtime and machine efficiency after the purchase, manufacturer and dealer support is essential. You can’t put a price on the value of a reliable service and support relationship. Make sure your combination sewer cleaner is backed by a dependable, factory-authorized dealer who can provide service, repairs, OEM replacement parts and expert technicians.

You want peace of mind that the equipment is adequately supported by the manufacturer. Quick parts availability and access to technical support is also essential to keep both you and the machine productive on the job.


It’s also important to select an equipment manufacturer that offers training support. For example, Vactor Manufacturing is committed to ensuring that customers are getting the maximum performance from their combination sewer cleaners. The company offers a full range of industry-leading training courses to help you:

  • Operate equipment safely and efficiently at all times
  • Select the right tools for every application and environment
  • Save time and money on troubleshooting and repairs
  • Protect your investment by using proper maintenance techniques

Vactor’s training program educates both expert and novice operators, technicians and mechanics on new equipment functionality and applications. Courses are developed to provide detailed information on a number of topics related to operating best practices, safety procedures, equipment controls, and service and maintenance troubleshooting.

Purchasing a combination sewer cleaner is a significant investment, not only at the time of purchase, but throughout the lifetime of the truck. It’s important to look at the total cost of ownership, from maintenance and fuel efficiency to the overall production of the machine.

For additional help determining which combination sewer cleaner is right for you, please visit www.vactor.com or see your local Vactor dealer.


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