Amthor International has manufactured vacuum trucks for years, but customer feedback at trade shows such as the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show give Brian Amthor insight about what today’s pumper is looking for — namely quality, ease of use and value. That’s why Amthor designed a truck specifically to roll out at the WWETT Show and hit those marks.

The 2,500-gallon vacuum truck is built on a Ford chassis, with pulling power provided by a Fruitland RCF500 pump package. The pump package includes a right-angle gearbox, powder-coated pump frame, oil catch muffler, 10-gallon secondary trap, vacuum/pressure gauge, and a pressure relief valve. A heavy-duty 3-inch suction hose connects the secondary to the primary shut-off. A front 3-inch aluminum pipe is installed between the primary and the pump for hose hookup.

“The Ford chassis unit is a great design for what we’re doing,” Amthor said from the WWETT Show. “We can install it on other chassis options as well. We try to spec it out to each customer’s choosing.”

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The single-compartment tank is made of polished aluminum, with all tank heads and baffles dished and flanged. A curbside aluminum ladder with casted grip strut steps provides access to a 20-inch manway on top of the tank, while a second 20-inch manway provides access at the rear. An aluminum extruded hose protector is installed on each side of the tank. Additional components include a 36- by 20- by 20-inch aluminum toolbox and three 5-inch sight glasses.

“We’ve been coming to this show for a long time, and the trucks that are here have more bells and whistles every year,” Amthor said. “Not every pumper is looking for that, though. We are offering an affordable option that does everything a typical pumper needs to do.”

Amthor said the 2016 model created quite the buzz on the WWETT Show floor. The company’s goal is to debut a new product at every WWETT Show, and he promises 2017 will be no different.

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“We roll out something new every year, based on what we learn at the show,” he said. “You aren’t going to get a better slice of the industry than what you get talking to the attendees at WWETT.”

Amthor said the 2016 show was a success for the company, based largely on the excitement surrounding the unveiling of the vacuum truck. He said creating excitement is always the show goal, with the end result of creating satisfied customers.

“We come into this show with sky-high expectations every year, and every year we seem to exceed those,” he said. “So much of what we do comes out of the feedback we get from talking to pumpers here. They tell us what they want, and it’s our job to deliver.” 800/328-6633; www.amthorinternational.com.

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