At Osco Tank & Truck Sales, we always get asked about our varying line up of trucks. In fact, there are lots of questions customers must ask before committing themselves to the tank that best serves them. Often times, there is a need to compare and contrast our products to better inform potential clients. Today, we will be comparing the vacuum truck vs. the foam tender.
Even though there are clear differences between these two tankers, there is often confusion as to which product is best suited for a particular customer. Here is a quick guide on all things vacuum trucks and all things foam tankers.
Both the Fusion Vacuum truck and the Foam Tender can be used to fight fires. Each vehicle just has a different manner of doing so. For example, the vacuum tank is mostly used to transfer water back and forth. In fact, it helps fire fighters have a variety of transfer options. For instance, the Osco Fusion Vacuum Truck can turn any unconventional source of water into a practical, usable water source. To elaborate, this vacuum system can turn rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, pools, etc…into an efficient source to fight fires. If you want more information on how this process works go to fireengineering.com.
On the other hand, Osco Foam Tenders make it easier to fight fires with its ability to carry up to 5000 gallons of foam. Yes, you heard that correctly. Moreover, our Foam Tenders maximize the efficiency of fighting fires by combining foam and water. How do they do this? It is simple. Foam Tenders do not actually pump water; instead, the tanker effectively mixes water and foam together and sends this mixture to various outlets.
Clearly, there are several locations that benefit from both the Fusion Vacuum Trucks and the industrial Foam Tender tanker. With this said, since Osco vacuum trucks have the capacity to hold 4,000 gallons of water, this particular system is good to use in rural, open areas. Think about it, in order to extinguish fires in rural areas, this would require using unconventional water sources like a river, pond, or lake. Because of the vacuum process, these trucks fill tanks with water and can self fill the tank at rates up to 2000 gallons per minute. Ultimately, fighting fires in open, rural areas is this trucks forte.
As for the Foam Tender tanker, this system can also benefit rural spaces, as it is a great alternative to using only water to fight fires. On the contrast, this foam tender could also be more beneficial to a large town, or city that may be servicing industrial buildings, and the like. Ultimately, departments will need to determine what kind of flow rates they will l need to provide the best service to their communities. For instance, some communities might have big petroleum tank farms or busy highways with a variety of materials being trucked over the roads.
As you can see, there is a lot to learn when comparing the vacuum truck vs. the foam tender. Osco Tank&Truck Sales has so much to offer as far as fire apparatus trucks are concerned. Please contact us today for more information on our entire line of fire tank trucks.