Need opinions on used truck mount..

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  1. MrMom

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    Another new guy here looking for some opinions on a unit on CL that is in my price range. I've been doing janitorial cleaning for about 4 years and pad/bonnet cleaning for a short period of time and am totally aware there is a better way which is why I am looking into this used unit. Any feedback or questions I should be asking is much appreciated.
    Thank you!
    Mr. Mom

    http://medford.craigslist.org/bfs/5713724156.html
     
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    Truckmounts are typically sold for 2 reasons...
    1. Someone is getting out of the business
    2. The machine has given them nothing but trouble and they are ready to unload it on someone else.

    You can find decent units out there. I would recommend having the seller take it to a supplier and have a trained TM mechanic go over the unit and give you an idea of any problems with the machine. If the seller doesn't want to agree to this....You don't want the TM anyway.

    Definitely run the machine. Not for 10 minutes, ask if you can go clean your own house or something where you can really put the machine through its paces.
     
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    Is a nice set up a bit over price
    The van is worth 10k
    The Truckmount. $6500
    More like $18.500
    Take a look at the Truckmount look for any signs of engine oil , take it to a Truckmount mechanic and test the unit for a day if allowed
     
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    I have no idea if there's a TM mechanic in the area. Google isn't being helpful, so I'm not even sure if that's an option. How many hours can you expect a well maintained machine to run before it starts to give you problems?
     
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    I have no idea if there's a TM mechanic in the area. Google isn't being helpful, so I'm not even sure if that's an option. How many hours can you expect a well maintained machine to run before it starts to give you problems?
     
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    Where are you located? Someone can help you locate a truckmount mechanic in most metropolitan areas.

    Average hours per year is 800 to 1000. Trucks can easily last 5 years with minimum maintenance. I always babied mine equipment and frequently got 10,000 to 12,000 miles on a truckmount.
     
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    From what we see in this part of the country, blowers and pumps and such start needing major repair or replacement at about 5,000 hours of use on average. Some last longer, some blow out faster depending on model and level of maintenance. Prochems have an excellent reputation for longevity if they're properly maintained.

    If I were looking at this unit, I'd do as Todd and Gerson recommend and take it to a local distributor for a health check.

    If the owner isn't willing, walk away
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    If you can get copies of service records showing consistent maintenance and fluid checks, so much the better. We see all manner of used truckmounts here, both the good and the dying. A history of the unit and its past issues helps you make an informed decision. A mechanic can only tell you what he sees wrong with the unit right now, and what he thinks may be an issue in the future (worn belts, rotting seals, loose valves, etc).
     
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    It depends on how well the machine was taken care of. I have seen units with over 3000 hrs that are in great shape, and I have seen ones with 600 hrs that need a lot of work. Granted there are exceptions; as I have one right now that is 3 months old with 220 hrs and it has several heating issues.
     
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    Hudson Valley craigs... 405 with 2800 hours $2000
     
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    Eugene, OR would be the closest and most populated area to me. However, this van is in Grants Pass, OR which is where I was unsuccessful finding a mechanic.
     
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    There are two shops in Medford, which is about 30 miles away from GP. If that one doesn't work out for you, I know of another with about the same miles but less hours on the tm. The guy is getting out of the business. PM me if you need contact info to either of the mechanics.
     
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    It looks like a decent setup but I feel it is way overpriced. A 2007 van might sound new enough but that's 10 years old. And Idk if I believe those low miles but whatever. The machine I'd say is worth $5k-6k and the whole thing, maybe $14k-$16k if it is in PERFECT operational condition. High hours on the machine, you'll be looking at a blown engine or pump soon if they haven't been replaced.
     
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    everything looks good but the TM. you gotta know that it's not a lemon. i'm not sure what year it is, but it looks old.

    a broken down TM is like going through a bad divorce.

    if it runs good that's one thing. but it may need a new motor soon, so you have to think about that.
     
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    Are you doing this for your janitorial customers only?
     
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    #15 Kingdomcome84, Aug 24, 2016
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    How can you get any seller to agree to any of these terms whether his motives are genuine or not.

    if I was selling a TM in immaculate condition and some buyers comes over questioning about copies of service records, how I need to take it to a supplier to check it or hire a trained tech to come over first or use the TM to clean their house first. No one will be walking out with my property for any testing purposes without complete payment paid in full

    I'm in disbelieve to hear these suggestions are actual questions you'll demand a seller to comply with
     
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    That's pretty much a standard practice similar to a test drive when buying a car. If it was me buying the machine and the seller was unwilling to let me give it a test run I would walk away from the deal.
     
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    #17 Kingdomcome84, Aug 24, 2016
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    That's different Todd. Very Very rare do you run into a car seller not wanting to give you a test drive. For your reason, A car seller refusing to give you a test drive will be the equivalent of a TM owner refusing to let you test the heater, blower or pump after turning on the ignition
     
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    I walked away from a deal because the owner wouldn't let a mechanic look into it for me. As a seller I'd let someone clean their house but with me operating the controls or at least watching closely.
     
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    #19 Kingdomcome84, Aug 24, 2016
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    Did you try to bring your own mechanic with you or did you try to get the seller to hire one? That'll make a huge difference. Other than a hard glance around, I wouldn't let any mechanic try to use wrenches to tear down my property. And that's coming from if I'm selling an immaculate condition TM with nothing to hide
     
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    I asked for him to either take it to my mechanic or let me take it but either way, on my dime. He would started it but wouldn't let me use it or even hook hoses up to it.

    I found out after that he sold it to somebody else and that it had froze over the winter. Did he really think that if he sold me that broken down piece of crap that I wouldn't burn his house down?
     

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