Vacuum truck supplies

A tanker truck is a highly advanced piece of equipment. It’s critical that you use quality vacuum truck supplies and components to keep it in peak working order.

If any one of these parts needs repairing or replacing, it’s important to choose a new component that’s been manufactured to a high standard. A poorly made pump or valve can lead to catastrophic failure of your unit, costing your business far more in the long run.

Vorstrom recommends vacuum truck supplies from Allvac Equipment – the tanker truck equipment specialists.

Vacuum truck supplies: Pumps

Are there odd noises coming from your vacuum pump? Maybe you’re noticing a loss in suction. If you’ve performed all the appropriate inspections and maintenance, it may be time for a professional repair, rebuild or replacement of your vacuum pump.

The vacuum pump is the core component of your tanker truck and the most complex instrument in your unit. Whether for waste management or vacuum excavation, it’s critical to never accept sub-standard parts for your pump.

At Vorstrom, we endorse only five manufacturers of rotary vane and blower vacuum pumps or parts for our tanker trucks. Each of these manufacturers produces only premium vacuum pumps that are built to last.

Alongside brand new vacuum pumps, everything you need to repair your existing pump – including vanes, bearings, seals, shims, bearing covers, bearing cover screws and gaskets or O-rings – is available from Allvac Equipment.

Vacuum truck safety: Pump protection

Because the vacuum pump is such a vital element of your tanker truck, it needs top-notch protection to keep debris from entering it and wreaking havoc. Your tanker truck has several layers of defence designed to trap any dirt and waste before they make it to the vacuum pump.

If your pump protection isn’t performing and can’t be fixed, it must be replaced as soon as possible. However, cheaply designed and made shut-offs and filters don’t provide adequate protection for your pump. They can lead to tens-of-thousands of dollars in damage from a ruined vacuum pump.

Look for corrosion resistant steel and cast aluminium products, and ensure that you choose the right size protection for your vacuum flow speed (CFM).

Vacuum truck safety: Pump protection


No part of your vacuum truck bears the brunt of the work onsite more than the hose. It has to handle thousands of litres of waste or abrasive debris every day. Ensuring that you use a hose that’s right for the task at hand will reduce its wear and tear and extend its life.

Consider your flexibility, durability and chemical resistance needs when buying new hoses. For example, septic and wastewater handling will require a less heavy duty hose than dry excavation. At Vorstrom, we prefer hoses made in the USA by manufacturers like Tiger. They’re proven to last in any situation.

Look for products made from a PVC or polyethylene helix, with polyurethane liner or high quality EPDM rubber.

The teams at Vorstrom and Allvac Equipment are trained specialists in vacuum truck supplies, parts and accessories. Enquire with them today to find out more.

Vacuum truck safety

A vacuum truck is an advanced piece of machinery, which requires special attention to ensure that you’re running it correctly. While designed to be as easy to use as possible, there are several points that you must remember to safely operate this heavy duty equipment.

The primary area that you’ll need to focus on for vacuum truck safety is the tipping function of the tank. Improper use of the tank may not just damage the unit, it can also cause injury.

See what you need to do before each project and how to properly operate your tank tipping feature:

Vacuum truck safety: Pre-start inspection checklist

Before each and every job, it’s important that you inspect key areas of your vacuum truck and maintain them as needed. Doing so will help keep your unit running smoothly and avoid vacuum truck safety issues that can come from poorly preserved equipment.

Vacuum truck safety: Tank tipping

Your tank is a crucial element of your vacuum truck, and one that needs the most attention before and during a project or job. This is especially true if the unit includes the tipping feature, which can cause issues for vacuum truck safety.

Safety tips

Before tipping your vacuum truck tank…

While tipping your vacuum truck tank…

How to use correctly

To safely raise your vacuum truck tank…

To safely lower your vacuum truck tank…

Remember: Ensure that no one is standing in the area under the tank, near the tank door or nearby before operating.

Vacuum Truck Maintenance

When your business uses high value equipment each day, like a vacuum truck, it’s important to ensure that you properly maintain it to maximise its useful life. Neglecting to keep your vacuum truck in top working order can end up costing you in the long run.

As part of our series on vacuum truck maintenance, the team at Vorstrom is here to offer tips on how to clean two of the most crucial parts of your unit, which protect your vacuum pump: the secondary shut-off (SSO) moisture trap and the final filter. 

Alternatively, get in touch with our team to book your Vorstrom vacuum truck for a comprehensive service.

What is the secondary shut-off moisture trap?

The pump on your vacuum truck has several layers of protection to keep waste from entering it instead of the tank. The SSO moisture trap, as its name suggests, is designed to trap any liquid that manages to pass through the primary shut-off. It acts as a back-up protection for your system to stop foreign materials from entering the vacuum pump and potentially damaging your unit.

The secondary moisture trap employs a float ball to protect your vacuum pump. As liquid and waste accumulates at the bottom of the secondary, its float ball rises to seal any further flow from continuing into the pump. 

This is what the secondary shut-off moisture trap looks like on your Vorstrom vacuum truck.

Secondary shut-off moisture trap maintenance

The secondary requires more attention than your primary. It must receive regular maintenance at least every three months.

What is the final filter?

The final filter is the last line of defence to stop foreign material from entering and damaging your vacuum pump. If your final filter gets heavily built-up with waste and debris, it will limit airflow in your pump. This affects the performance of your vacuum and will cause your unit to run at higher temperatures.

This is what the final filter looks like on your Vorstrom vacuum truck.

Final filter maintenance

Because it’s the last element that prevents small material from entering your pump system, the final filter requires some of the most frequent maintenance of all your truck components.

If you find during the course of your regular maintenance that any of your parts are damaged and need to be replaced, Allvac Equipment provides new components for every part of your vacuum truck.

For additional tips on your Vorstrom vacuum truck maintenance, to book a service or to enquire about whether you need replacement parts, speak with our professional team. To add to your vacuum truck portfolio and meet your waste management needs, see our available trucks.

How to choose a liquid vacuum truck

At Vorstrom, we focus on enabling our clients to efficiently meet their waste management needs, by providing vacuum trucks that are truly fit for their purpose. 

To show you the process of choosing a vacuum truck for your business, we’re going to give an example from a recent client.

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What will the truck be doing?

At Vorstrom, we focus on enabling our clients to efficiently meet their waste management needs, by providing vacuum trucks that are truly fit for their purpose. 

To show you the process of choosing a vacuum truck for your business, we’re going to give an example from a recent client.

For this client, their prospective truck would:

This meant that a liquid vacuum truck was the ideal solution.

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How far will you transport the waste?

Our next conversation would involve the distance between the waste collection site and the disposal site, as well as the volume of waste needing collection. Part of this includes verifying what the client’s site access is like, i.e. how difficult it is to collect the waste. 

Multiple round trips to and from the disposal location are the biggest contributors to inefficiency. Any non-productive time transporting waste costs money. It’s important to minimise the number of trips required as much as possible.

For this client, we determined that their work was:

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Which liquid waste truck meets your requirements?

If you had similar circumstances to this client, we would recommend two units as a starting point.

Both are highly capable liquid waste units, but depending on the application, one will be more suitable than the other.

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Choosing a liquid waste truck

Comparing these key features to the client’s needs led us to determine that the right liquid vacuum truck for them was the R350-8000. The lower costs, ease of use and faster travel speed outweighed the efficiency of the larger truck. All long distance collections would also fit within the smaller 8000L capacity in single trips.

If you need help choosing the right liquid waste truck for your business, reach out to the team at Vorstrom. We’ll work with you to find the waste management solution that meets your needs.