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How many years do you keep a truckmount in use before you are ready for a new unit?


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I’ll run them forever. Just replace parts as needed.
 

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Ask away. I'll answer
 

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After almost 10 years, Its time for me to replace mine. Image does have an impact on my decision, also better design, better(hopefully) fuel efficiency.
 

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Its all about taxes for me. The machines (and vans) are depreciated out in 5 years or less if I accelerate the depreciation. Then I make a new investment in equipment.
 

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had both my namco tm belt driven.... 14 years....keep them another 30 years...
just replace the engine ..every 3000-5000 hours
upgraded engines and blowers....
replace blower every 8000-10,000?????

upgraded heat to kero heater from northern tools..had 2 for 12 years....keep another 30 years...no breakdowns
so no prob with hx breakdowns
 

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My slide-in is over 30 years old.

I will never replace it as every part is replaceable, and it will outperform many of the new TMs.
 

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had both my namco tm belt driven.... 14 years....keep them another 30 years...
just replace the engine ..every 3000-5000 hours
upgraded engines and blowers....
replace blower every 8000-10,000?????

upgraded heat to kero heater from northern tools..had 2 for 12 years....keep another 30 years...no breakdowns
so no prob with hx breakdowns
How are you silencing your namco?
 

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I would like a new truckmount but I might not have it long enough to use the warranty .At my young age of 76 next month. I don't know what type of unit I would like. Iv'e had the large Hydramaster & White Magic slide inns. The units have come a long way in the past 36 yrs of my cleaning time. And with the great chemicals now cleaning is top shelf. My first year 1981 I used a 175 roto first and the extracted with a Hoover R2D2 extractor that I still have and use for emergency water extraction. I work alone so my equipment lasts a long time. Even today after each job I clean the filters and flush the tanks before the next job so I can track the results of every job. I still enjoy cleaning dirty white carpets and there a lot of it here in Fl..I'm still not very good at other methods of cleaning. I guess it's not easy to teach a old dog new tricks, so I use my truckmount to complete the tricks.
 

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How are you silencing your namco?
I bought the black circlular silencer from namco...38" long......500$....
You have to ask for it ....if they still have them
but it does make a huge difference....
As i added a 4.7 blower.......
 

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I get my silencers from Stoddard Silencers. I use a 4" intake and 4" exhaust silencer for my slide-in TM. It is over-sized to not restrict the discharge air, because by nature, a silencer is designed to cancel noise and it has certain baffles in order for this to work to the maximum. By over-sizing, you are not restricting the discharge air from the blower when the silencer is much larger.

Of course, you can't mount this silencer on the TM frame because of its size, so you incorporate it into the bottom of a shelf system you need anyway and it discharges out the back of the van.

This is one of the secrets about running a #45 blower (2.5" outlet on the blower to 4" intake on the silencer) to power two wands —
air in/air out.
 
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I get my silencers from Stoddard Silencers. I use a 4" intake and 4" exhaust silencer for my slide-in TM. It is over-sized to not restrict the discharge air, because by nature, a silencer is designed to cancel noise and it has certain baffles in order for this to work to the maximum. By over-sizing, you are not restricting the discharge air from the blower when the silencer is much larger.

Of course, you can't mount this silencer on the TM frame because of its size, so you incorporate it into the bottom of a shelf system you need anyway and it discharges out the back of the van.

This is one of the secrets about running a #45 blower (2.5" outlet on the blower to 4" intake on the silencer) to power two wands —
air in/air out.
Now you tell me, I just bought a 3 inch stoddard silencer for my 47 blower. Maybe I’ll buy a 4 inch for the 47 blower and move this 3 inch over to my 45 blower.
 

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I get my silencers from Stoddard Silencers. I use a 4" intake and 4" exhaust silencer for my slide-in TM. It is over-sized to not restrict the discharge air, because by nature, a silencer is designed to cancel noise and it has certain baffles in order for this to work to the maximum. By over-sizing, you are not restricting the discharge air from the blower when the silencer is much larger.

Of course, you can't mount this silencer on the TM frame because of its size, so you incorporate it into the bottom of a shelf system you need anyway and it discharges out the back of the van.

This is one of the secrets about running a #45 blower (2.5" outlet on the blower to 4" intake on the silencer) to power two wands —
air in/air out.
What if you installed a 3" on a 45 blower and a secondary 4" under the van?? I was going to do this as experiment but since you know your stuff, I'd like your opinion thank you
 

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What if you installed a 3" on a 45 blower and a secondary 4" under the van?? I was going to do this as experiment but since you know your stuff, I'd like your opinion thank you
A 3" might be fine, but I don't know as I've not used a 3". This TM originally had a 1.5" silencer when it was new, also shared by the original Onan engine's exhaust. Bad design, period. I put a separate muffler on the Honda (replaced the Onan), and added the 4" to the #45 blower, plus ran two separate 2" hoses from the blower intake port to the waste tank, to give me maximum air velocity.
 

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A 3" might be fine, but I don't know as I've not used a 3". This TM originally had a 1.5" silencer when it was new, also shared by the original Onan engine's exhaust. Bad design, period. I put a separate muffler on the Honda (replaced the Onan), and added the 4" to the #45 blower, plus ran two separate 2" hoses from the blower intake port to the waste tank, to give me maximum air velocity.
so, two 2 1/2 hoses will work better than one 4" hose at the blower inlet??
 

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so, two 2 1/2 hoses will work better than one 4" hose at the blower inlet??
A 4 inch hose has more area than two 2.5 inch hoses.

A 2.5 inch circle has an area of 4.9 square inches so two 2.5 inch circles will have an area of 9.8 square inches

The area of a 4 inch circle is 12.5 square inches, considerably bigger and will allow more airflow than the 2.5 inch hoses. In your case I would go with one 4 inch hose.

With Bob’s setup he’s using a 45 blower which has a 2,5 inch inlet on the blower. He put a tee on the blower and ran two 2 inch hoses to the waste tank which works for the 45 blower. A single 2.5 inch hose has an area of 4.9 square inches while two 2 inch hoses have an area of 6.28 square inches so what Bob did makes sense.
 

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A 4 inch hose has more area than two 2.5 inch hoses.

A 2.5 inch circle has an area of 4.9 square inches so two 2.5 inch circles will have an area of 9.8 square inches

The area of a 4 inch circle is 12.5 square inches, considerably bigger and will allow more airflow than the 2.5 inch hoses. In your case I would go with one 4 inch hose.

With Bob’s setup he’s using a 45 blower which has a 2,5 inch inlet on the blower. He put a tee on the blower and ran two 2 inch hoses to the waste tank which works for the 45 blower. A single 2.5 inch hose has an area of 4.9 square inches while two 2 inch hoses have an area of 6.28 square inches so what Bob did makes sense.

Ok Rainman, LOL
 

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Now you tell me, I just bought a 3 inch stoddard silencer for my 47 blower. Maybe I’ll buy a 4 inch for the 47 blower and move this 3 inch over to my 45 blower.
How much? I run a 36 and the 3" will do fine for it.
 

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