You and your truck have had a good run together, made many good memories and even gave her a name
In today’s work environment, you want to get the most bang for your buck. In other words, for a company to survive and thrive, it must be able to get the most value out of its fleet without spending a fortune to do so. A frequent question surrounding this is how your budget be utilized in such a way to make the most out of the funds allotted. Adding a hooklift truck, or a truck with Royal’s Hook n’ Go system, can transform one truck into many, allowing you to do many different types of operations with just one truck.
How Does the System Work?
Before you can start the interchanging of bodies on the hooklift truck using the Hook n’ Go system, there are a couple steps you need to complete for the process to run smoothly.
First, ensure that the three plugs running from the cab of the truck to the body are disconnected. You will find that the three disconnection points are mounted directly behind the cab of the truck. When the operator reenters the cab of the truck, before they can start to remove the first body, they must make sure that:
- The truck is in neutral.
- The brakes are released.
Lastly, ensure the air pressure of the truck is at least 120 pounds of force per square inch (PSI). If the air pressure is not above 120 PSI, the PTO will not turn on, which needs to happen for the bodies to be changed. Once the PTO is turned on and engaged, you can take off the current body and replace it with another. To learn more about how the Hook n’ Go truck is designed and operates, watch our recent episode of TMA Trucks A to Z on the subject!
Watch Episode 11 of TMA Trucks A to Z above where we show you the interworking of one of our hook n’ go trucks, including how to operate it as well as elements of its design.
Now that we know how to operate the Hook n’ Go system, and all the precautions that need to be taken, we can examine why you should have a hooklift truck in your fleet. Here are some of the benefits of implementing the Hook n’ Go system into your fleet:
Does your organization frequently perform operations that require several different truck body types? It’s becoming increasingly frequent that companies perform several different kinds of operations. While this broadens the amount of work that they can take on, often these different tasks require their own specialized truck. While possible, this is a costly venture. Royal’s Hook n’ Go system gives your company the versatility to attach any body to one hooklift truck.
In a matter of minutes, one chassis can be equipped with a body to become a:
- TMA truck
- Safety Truck
- Landscape Truck
- Dump Truck
- Forestry Truck
- Water Truck
- Stake Body Truck
These are just a handful of the most frequently used bodies. If your company’s operations require a specialty body not listed above, the Hook n’ Go system can almost certainly accommodate any truck body you may need.
With a hooklift truck, you can run several different operations with just one chassis including: bridge maintenance & repair, salt spreading, highway maintenance, street cleaning & repair, rail & tree care, demolition, and landscaping debris cleanup. As you can see, the amount of work you can get done with just one hooklift truck is only confined by your imagination!
2. Save Money
By design, the Hook n’ Go system limits the cost of your fleet. Instead of one truck being limited to operating in the function it was built to accomplish, the Hook n’ Go system allows for one hooklift chassis to be used for countless functions.
In the long term, your company can save a vast amount of money on truck purchases and maintenance. Once you have a hooklift chassis, all you need to buy are the bodies you need. The only additional expense that would be needed with each new body is to mount the track system on the bottom of it for it to be able to attach to the hooklift chassis.
Another added expense of having a fleet comprised of specialized, single-use trucks is the cost of fleet underutilization. Simply, a truck sitting in your yard more often than it is working is costing you money. Did you know that according to The MuniRent Blog, “the average utilization of heavy equipment was quoted at 30% (70% underutilization).” As you can see, a vast majority of companies across the country underutilize the trucks in their fleet. By adding a hooklift truck to your fleet, you’ll can keep the truck working for you instead of sitting on your lot.
In addition, adding a versatile hooklift truck to your fleet will allow you to reduce the total number of trucks in your fleet, thus leading to tremendous savings. Do you have a guess as to just how much you can save from reducing the size of your fleet? Government Fleet magazine estimates that, “For a fleet of 1,000 units, eliminating 100 units can save more than $300,000 per year in operating costs.” Simply put, a smaller fleet means a higher fleet utilization means less money spent on fleet operating costs.
3. Maximum Productivity
Going along with the cost savings of increasing your fleet utilization, adding hooklift trucks to your fleet increases productivity by decreasing seasonal downtime. For example, as the colder winter months arrive in most parts of the country, highway construction operations are done less frequently. A standard TMA truck will end up sitting around idle in your yard for many months of the year. With a hooklift truck, this is not an issue! During the winter months you can remove the truck’s TMA body and replace it with a dump body and add a plow. In the Spring or Autumn, you can utilize the truck as a forestry or landscape truck by once again interchanging bodies.
The ability to change bodies on the truck allows for no seasonal downtimes. No matter what season it is or how the weather impacts conditions, there will always be a time when you can utilize a hooklift truck!
4. Quick Changes
Ultimately, if the process to interchange bodies on the hooklift truck was difficult and time consuming, all of the truck’s benefits would be meaningless. After all, the hooklift truck is supposed to be saving your company the time and hassle of having several different specialized trucks, not creating an entirely different problem! Fortunately for you, the entire process of removing a body and putting on its replacement can be accomplished in only a matter of minutes, not hours. To prove to you just how quick and simple it is to switch bodies of the truck, watch the video below of the entire process at live speed!
Watch a demo of a Hook n’ Go truck, including a live speed demonstration of how quick it takes interchange truck bodies.
As you can see in the above video, changing from one body to another can be done in just a few minutes. This means that even in situations where your company is constrained by time in between operations, the Hook n’ Go truck can be utilized to its full potential.
What type of company is this truck ideal for?
While every company can derive some benefit from owning a hooklift truck, there are absolutely some types of organizations that this truck would benefit the most. We’ve found that municipalities benefit the most from adding hooklift trucks to their fleets. Municipalities are tasked with doing many different tasks in the area they serve, often needing multiple specialized vehicles.
Did you know that the city of Los Angeles has over 14,000 vehicles in their fleet, making it not only the largest municipal fleet in the country but also the ninth largest commercial fleet in the country? Because municipalities are required to do most operations in their town or city, it is hard to limit fleet size. With a hooklift truck though, it’s possible to reduce the number of trucks in their fleet by introducing ones that can be transformed into many different trucks.
If your company completes a wide range of work that requires specialized trucks, having one truck for each operation is not only inefficient but also costs your company money. With fleet underutilization becoming increasingly frequent, equipment managers are taking a second look at their options. Luckily, operational variety doesn’t have to equate to fleet underutilization and high operating costs anymore.
Multi-usage trucks are becoming a significantly valuable tool for your fleet to have. By adding hooklift trucks to your fleet, you can decrease the size of your fleet, thus reducing the associated operating and maintenance costs that come along with it. The Hook N’ Go truck can quickly become a jack-of-all-trades in your fleet, making it an essential truck for year-round operations.
Do you have any questions about Royal’s Hook-n’-Go system or how adding a hooklift truck to your fleet would benefit your company? Leave a comment below and let us know! A member of Royal’s team will answer your question as soon as we can!