Porta Vac - Your next profit booster!
In this edition of the Gazette, we want to share with you some of the details of a CWS operator that uses Porta Vac each and every day to increase profits.
Here's our interview with CWS operator Paul Caminata:
CWS: Could you give us a brief overview on how you use the Porta Vac?
Caminata: Sure, we mostly leave it on the truck. If you're mostly a washout provider, you'll leave it on the truck most of the time. We can haul our empty dumpsters with the Porta Vac on the truck - a ten or twenty yarder or even a forty yarder with a flag. We can generally even haul a full ten-yarder with the Porta Vac loaded.
CWS: How do you load and unload the Porta Vac?
Caminata: We get it on and off with a Bobcat. There are fork pockets on the bottom, so it only takes about five minutes with a spotter and a driver. The spotter will put the pins in to secure the bin to the truck. We have a traditional vacuum truck, but now we rarely use it - only when we have multiple bins in the same location that need vacuuming.
CWS: What's required to empty the Porta Vac?
Caminata: Emptying takes fewer than five minutes. In our case we just empty it on to our washpad where the liquid is moved via sump pump to our water treatment system. Usually, the waste water comes in with a pH of 10 or 11. The water system has four tanks, so evaporation can be significant, but if we need to release water, we're licensed to release into the municipal sewer at a cost of about $34 per 2500 gallons.
CWS: Could you tell us about maintenance?
Caminata: Primary maintenance is just dumping it. Additionally, it's a good idea to flush it out with the pressure washer every week or two. Don't let it sit overnight with material in it either. A few times a year we shovel out whatever solids have accumulated, which isn't too much trouble since the material is moist and slurry like. It's powered by an eight horsepower Honda, so you've got the normal maintenance there and legendary reliability.
CWS: How many gallons does the Porta Vac hold?
Caminata: It's got a 280 gallon capacity. Vacuuming a bin takes under ten minutes and only very rarely is there more liquid in a bin than we can vacuum. In those cases, maybe one in fifty, we'll offload enough water into the new bin (if we're dropping one) so that we can be off and running. Only about one percent of these instances require a second trip for us.
CWS: What effect has the addition of a Porta Vac had on your business?
Caminata: It's had a huge beneficial effect. Today, for instance, we've got 5 runs and I'm using a single truck to fulfill two purposes. One site is about 25 minutes out, so I'm saving about an hour of truck tine on that job alone. On top of the time, there's an incredible amount of headache and hassles avoided because I don't have to deal with coordinating the arrival of two different trucks at each site - we used to have concrete workers washing out in between the arrival of the vacuum truck and the roll-off truck, which resulted in huge headaches for everyone. It was a daily headache that is now pretty much gone.
CWS: About how much of your revenues come from CWS services?
Caminata: Almost forty percent.
CWS: Thanks, Paul for your time.
Caminata: My pleasure!
CWS Locator - Bringing business to you!
What you may not know is that CWS receives many phone calls asking for local service providers - of course, we're delighted to refer them directly to you. What is more, each month, the CWS Locator receives the second most hits of any page on our top-rated website - between two and three hundred unique visitors each and every month are finding CWS providers like you on the CWS Locator. Here's to many, many more in the coming years.
Construction Forecasts - AIA, Dodge and others
Another forecast that we're fond of is the Portland Cement Association's prediction that 3.5% more concrete will be produced this year over last.
Naturally, national statistics have limited value to companies operating on the local level exclusively. Nonetheless, we take away optimism that these trends are almost exclusively indicating at least modest growth.