How do you know if a used truck mount is priced accurately | TruckMount Forums #1 Carpet Cleaning Forums

How do you know if a used truck mount is priced accurately

MPR

Active Member
Mar 10, 2014
898
210
43
Illinois
Real Name
Mike Raimer
Business Location
United States
I am looking at buying a new unit. Currently looking at a hydromaster salsa 4.6. Van is 2006 with 115000. Truck mount has 3943 hours. TrAnsmission has been rebuilt. How do you know what it’s actually worth.
 

OxiFreshGuy

Well-Known Member
Nov 12, 2016
1,787
1,304
113
Real Name
Boris Johnson
Business Location
United States
Ouch, honestly that truck isnt worth much. A direct drive you have to figure 10 miles on the engine for every hour on the truck mount. Most truck mounts also need repairs about every 2000 hours or so.
 

OneBlueSummer

Active Member
Sep 30, 2012
220
102
43
Real Name
Charlie King
To me it's more than worthless. It would cost me more time and money by a land slide then just buy brand new. My customers rely on us way to much and we rely on them way to much. Out of the question.

I'd rather buy an astro van 1k, put a brand new motor and trans 4k and an etm with back up genie then buy something like that.
 

Luky

Well-Known Member
Nov 29, 2013
1,889
1,098
113
60
Chicagoland
Real Name
Marian Lukacisin
Business Location
United States
To me it's more than worthless. It would cost me more time and money by a land slide then just buy brand new. My customers rely on us way to much and we rely on them way to much. Out of the question.

I'd rather buy an astro van 1k, put a brand new motor and trans 4k and an etm with back up genie then buy something like that.
I had just that, I got Astro a few years ago with 85 K miles, so I didn't have to invest to engine or the trannny and yes, I operated it with a genset. I was able to fit Escape in it, with a 65 gal. over the wheel well fresh water tank and all the tools . Chemical rack was on top of fresh water tank and I had some shelves located in between front seats and Escape. I did miss vacuum reel though, but I always rolled my vacuum hoses neatly next to the genset, so no big deal.
Putting all that in Chevy Express 2500 made all difference, but getting rid of Escape and putting in fuel fired TM unit sitting on top of 100 gallon SS waste tank allowed me to increase my production times , over all power and length of vacuum hoses.
Relia-built made that possible for me!!!
Astro setup is in the last pic...
 

Attachments

  • Love
Reactions: OneBlueSummer

beau

Active Member
Jun 5, 2015
290
138
43
29
BC, Canada
Real Name
Beau Phipps
Business Location
Canada
How are those reliabuilts? Been mulling over ditching my etm for a gas powered unit. Etm has been great but now that we do power washing too my van is just getting too full of equipment Need a gas TM for smaller footprint I think.
 
  • Like
Reactions: OneBlueSummer

Fdt281

New Member
Nov 21, 2017
13
0
1
Ontario Canada
Real Name
Franco
Business Location
Canada
I've been told by a dealer that it's more like 30 to 50mph. Which would mean you have an extra 10000miles on van. 297000miles in total. I would guess it has little life left. If you do it it best be cheap. Like real cheap. Because the van ran its entire life...everything starts to go. I had a cleanco and it was great up till its half life. Then it wasn't. (Note the cleanco unit still is ok. The van broke down) :(
 

Fdt281

New Member
Nov 21, 2017
13
0
1
Ontario Canada
Real Name
Franco
Business Location
Canada
I've been told by a dealer that it's more like 30 to 50mph. Which would mean you have an extra 10000miles on van. 297000miles in total. I would guess it has little life left. If you do it it best be cheap. Like real cheap. Because the van ran its entire life...everything starts to go. I had a cleanco and it was great up till its half life. Then it wasn't. (Note the cleanco unit still is ok. The van broke down) :(
I missed a 0 it is an extra 100000miles on van engine.
 

OneBlueSummer

Active Member
Sep 30, 2012
220
102
43
Real Name
Charlie King
How are those reliabuilts? Been mulling over ditching my etm for a gas powered unit. Etm has been great but now that we do power washing too my van is just getting too full of equipment Need a gas TM for smaller footprint I think.
Nothing comes close. I'd rather have a reliabuilt than any big name brand anyday. No sensors or motherboards to go bad, stupid easy to maintain. Not gonna find a more reliable machine.just look at it from the side. We are so fast now with gassers we can absolutely fly. "Last guys took 3 hours you guys are done in 1 hour wow and it looks way better than last time"
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: ACP

OneBlueSummer

Active Member
Sep 30, 2012
220
102
43
Real Name
Charlie King
I had just that, I got Astro a few years ago with 85 K miles, so I didn't have to invest to engine or the trannny and yes, I operated it with a genset. I was able to fit Escape in it, with a 65 gal. over the wheel well fresh water tank and all the tools . Chemical rack was on top of fresh water tank and I had some shelves located in between front seats and Escape. I did miss vacuum reel though, but I always rolled my vacuum hoses neatly next to the genset, so no big deal.
Putting all that in Chevy Express 2500 made all difference, but getting rid of Escape and putting in fuel fired TM unit sitting on top of 100 gallon SS waste tank allowed me to increase my production times , over all power and length of vacuum hoses.
Relia-built made that possible for me!!!
Astro setup is in the last pic...
Our stories are pretty similar I had an astro with a hillbilly etm also
 

Select

Well-Known Member
Mar 3, 2019
921
283
63
Real Name
John Cartegna
Business Location
United States
Nothing comes close. I'd rather have a reliabuilt than any big name brand anyday. No sensors or motherboards to go bad, stupid easy to maintain. Not gonna find a more reliable machine.just look at it from the side. We are so fast now with gassers we can absolutely fly. "Last guys took 3 hours you guys are done in 1 hour wow and it looks way better than last time"
Yeah reliability seem like great investment. But from speed perspective I’m wondering how?

in the beginning my hillbilly etm (Astro, air hog, gen) was at times very cumbersome. But these days under most circumstances I’m set up pretty fast.
So, how has it sped you up so much?
 

OneBlueSummer

Active Member
Sep 30, 2012
220
102
43
Real Name
Charlie King
Yeah reliability seem like great investment. But from speed perspective I’m wondering how?

in the beginning my hillbilly etm (Astro, air hog, gen) was at times very cumbersome. But these days under most circumstances I’m set up pretty fast.
So, how has it sped you up so much?
If you have a Gen it wont speed you up as much, if running wires ya for sure. Its all about getting a system down, also when you run 2 man crews you got about 3x as fast. Like you could run 2 vans instead of 4 or 5.
Id say for you man get your favorite pre spray, booster, protectant, and urine killer. Make your booster a natural solvent like orange like you already have, as then you can use that if Mrs. Smith wants it to smell like somthing other than just clean too.
Really nothing wrong with a HillBilly ETM like yours as thats not to hillbilly, mine WAS hillbilly, let me see if I Can find a picture. I had a 1956 2 vac central vac system plumbed into a Ninja with 2 more vacs. And a Diesel heater it was a mess lol
 
  • Like
Reactions: Select

OneBlueSummer

Active Member
Sep 30, 2012
220
102
43
Real Name
Charlie King
How are those reliabuilts? Been mulling over ditching my etm for a gas powered unit. Etm has been great but now that we do power washing too my van is just getting too full of equipment Need a gas TM for smaller footprint I think.
Curious what your using for a Pressure washer set up? Are you doing mostly driveways or?
 

beau

Active Member
Jun 5, 2015
290
138
43
29
BC, Canada
Real Name
Beau Phipps
Business Location
Canada
I have a 13hp pressure washer 3600psi 5gpm. 16inch surface tool. Driveways, softwashing, sidewalks. Rural area so bit of everything in small amounts
 
  • Like
Reactions: OneBlueSummer

OneBlueSummer

Active Member
Sep 30, 2012
220
102
43
Real Name
Charlie King
I have a 13hp pressure washer 3600psi 5gpm. 16inch surface tool. Driveways, softwashing, sidewalks. Rural area so bit of everything in small amounts
do you have seperate reel w/ 3/8?
 

LRZ360

Member
Nov 21, 2019
50
18
8
Real Name
lindell zanders
To me it's more than worthless. It would cost me more time and money by a land slide then just buy brand new. My customers rely on us way to much and we rely on them way to much. Out of the question.

I'd rather buy an astro van 1k, put a brand new motor and trans 4k and an etm with back up genie then buy something like that.
Mr. King could you link up with me by email. I would like to get your take on Reliabuilt TM lindellrzanders79@yahoo.com