His Truck’s ‘Built Chevy Tough’

As a young man, James Dillard started his business with a new septic service rig, and he expects to retire behind the wheel of the same truck.
His Truck’s ‘Built Chevy Tough’
Lely Manufacturing recently added a new tank and pump to James Dillard’s 1988 Chevy vacuum truck. (Photos courtesy of James Dillard)

Getting the most out of a vacuum truck: It’s the goal of every pumping professional.

And pumpers follow different strategies of truck ownership. Some want to turn over their entire fleet every five or 10 years to ensure good resale value, hold down maintenance costs and avoid...

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