Sunday, April 5, 2015

Fixing an Underground Leak with 3 Trucks, a Backhoe and a Trailer.




Here are the resources being used to repair this underground leak:
A crew of 5, a backhoe, 3 trucks and a trailer.

By Steve Taylor

It’s always interesting to see men at work, in this case it's a Hillsborough County Water Department crew. I discovered them fixing an underground leak near my home in Tampa, Florida. This work required equipment and crew to be dispatched to a residential neighborhood.

It's one thing to walk into a dealership to look at trucks, but if you are looking for a work truck, than what could be more valuable than watching similar trucks at work? You can often learn a lot about how well the equipment stands up by looking at trucks that have been is service a few years. 

I've found that looking at used equipment can reveal a lot, including wear patterns, cracks in structure, paint adhesion problems, etc. In this case it looks like the Knapheide Bodies are standing up very well. 


Often contractors and municipal departments are very proud of their equipment and will be more than willing to share their experience with it.


This is one of two Ford Superduty’s with Knapheide Service bodies. They carry the crew and the tools to get the job done.



Ford Superduty with Knapheide 9' Service Body

Notice the pipe rack that extends over the cab. It's an expanded metal  box 



 Here's a closeup of their tools in cabinet storage


Another Ford Superduty with a 9' Knapheide Service Body

And lastly, here’s the International Flatbed 
pulling the trailer to carry the Back-Hoe



Find out more about Knapheide products at:  http://www.knapheide.com/

Guest Post by Steve Taylor. Steve is a consultant in lean six sigma process improvement and specializes in fleets and manufacturers in the work truck industry. He may be contacted at steve@truckarchitect.com and his website is http://www.upstreamsource.com/ 




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