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Fleet/Truck Washing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Alekvv, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. Alekvv

    Alekvv Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I was wondering if any of you guys use fleet washing companies to come clean your trucks? If so, how often?
  2. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    I won't pay someone to do what I can do myself. Our fleet isn't really big so that helps. I'm willing to bet if we had a fleet big enough we'd have employees to pay to wash trucks
  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I never really considered a mobile wash for our equipment and big trucks (not pickups) until last fall. I can't believe how much an experienced washer can accomplish. In the fall we are tight for time with harvest and snow overlapping. The mobile wash ended up being cheaper then us doing it ourselves. Now if guys need or want hours this won't work but it's something we are going to take advantage of.
  4. Precedence

    Precedence Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    I hired a mobile wash company for our fleet, it is cheaper and they do a better job than our employees. The guys tended to take quite a while to get everything done because wash time was also socialising time so the hours that they were taking worked out to more than what the wash company charged per piece of equipment.
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    One of my operators does power washing. He has washed my stuff before and he can do in an hour or so what it takes my guys half to three quarters of the day to do. But, I still need a power washer for mowers in the summer and it does keep my guys busy. He doesn't like doing it in the cold we've had either. lol
  6. hammerstein

    hammerstein Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    Mobile truck and equipment washing washing is my primary business. We have only washed a couple landscape companies over the years, mainly trucking companies, utility providers, tow trucks, and bus fleets.

    A good wash company will always do a better job and faster with, the right equipment, hot water and a variety of chemicals.
  7. On a Call

    On a Call PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,077

    Without a Hotzee pressure washer how do you that wash your own control freezing ?
  8. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    We have a wash bay in our shop with a big electric power washer and natural gas heating element. We wash all the trucks, plows and spreaders after each storm. In longer breaks in the forecast we'll bring skids back and wash them too.

    Loaders wait till spring.