In your mind, picture a traditional lube/jobsite fuel truck — the kind that’s been common for fuel and oil delivery around the U.S. for decades. You may see a large tractor-style truck with a bed dominated by a fuel tank around 1,000 gallons in size, likely rolling on a Class 7- or Class 8-sized chassis and driven by someone with the required commercial driver’s license (CDL).

That’s long been the norm for lube and jobsite fuel trucks servicing machinery around the country. Yet, a combination of factors has many contractors and operators looking to smaller trucks that don’t require a CDL — those in Class 5 and Class 6 — to help them care for equipment on the job. In the process, they’re discovering the cost and efficiency benefits to deploying the class of trucks that weren’t frequently seen on jobsites just a few years ago.

Changing industry dynamics

Commercial lube and jobsite fuel trucks typically range in size from Class 5 to Class 8. Each class covers vehicles with a specific gross weight range starting at 16,001 pounds. A CDL is required to operate a commercial vehicle above 26,000 pounds in weight, making it a necessity to lawfully operate a Class 7 or Class 8 commercial truck. However, Class 5 and Class 6 vehicles in the non-CDL class do not carry the same restrictions.

But despite growing demand for all types of commercial transportation that requires a CDL — namely over-the-road trucking — the number of licensed commercial drivers in the U.S. has not increased. Despite that demand boost, a similar increase hasn’t happened in licensed commercial drivers. In short, for work requiring a CDL, the demand is growing but the qualified labor pool is not.

“There’s just a shortage of qualified, skilled drivers. It’s as simple as that,” said Sage Oil Vac CEO Aaron Sage.

The CDL shortage is just part of the equation making non-CDL lube trucks the solution for many contractors. Traditional Class 7 or Class 8 trucks are large and have high fluid capacities, enabling them to service a lot of equipment. However, due to their size they’re also less fuel efficient when traveling long distances and can be difficult to maneuver on jobsites with uneven terrain and a lot of equipment to service. Add regulatory pressure — which becomes an even bigger issue when traveling across state lines — and operating these larger trucks suddenly can become more than a greater expense and inconvenience. They can be a hindrance to a company’s future growth.

“If you’re working at a remote location that has a lot of challenging terrain, a smaller jobsite fuel truck is going to be more nimble and will perform better in terrain like that than a larger, tandem-axle truck,” Sage said, adding non-CDL Sage Oil Vac lube trucks are built on Ford and Dodge Ram Class 5 and 6 truck chassis, enabling them to better navigate more varied jobsite terrain than heavier dual-axle tractor-based trucks. Plus, it allows the owner to choose which brand best fits their style.

Filling a growing niche

Things like the decline in CDL-certified drivers and the efficiency of smaller trucks have made non-CDL machines a more viable option than in the past for many contractors, for both operational and managerial reasons. On top of the benefits of the smaller trucks, non-CDL trucks enable mobile equipment service providers to do their job without requiring operators to have commercial driver’s licenses. This opens the door to more hiring opportunities for company owners and managers, and more employment opportunities for operators. In this way, Sage Oil Vac non-CDL lube trucks are helping fill a growing niche in the service truck sector.

“We are always honing the design of non-CDL lube truck bodies and putting them with trucks that don’t require a CDL to operate. Many in the industry are talking about moving to smaller jobsite fuel trucks for many reasons. We are working hard to add value to their operations by offering equipment that can make them more efficient,” Sage said. “We want our customers to look at their equipment and determine which system will work best for them. In some cases, multiple non-CDL trucks will be more cost-effective and efficient than one Class 8 truck. It’s sometimes hard to get people to make a change like that, but I think when you put pencil to paper, these types of changes will pay for themselves in a matter of months.”

Learn more about Sage Oil Vac non-CDL lube truck bodies. Hear from one of our customers how a non-CDL Sage Oil Vac lube truck streamlined their equipment maintenance.

Sage Oil Vac is charging into trade show season to celebrate the strong, long-lasting relationships fostered over three decades. There’s no such thing as Dirty 30 when acknowledging this anniversary. That’s because Sage Oil Vac keeps busy cleaning up jobsites with pump-free fluid changes since 1993.

Help the entire Sage Oil Vac family celebrate 30 years of keeping service technicians’ clothes squeaky clean and your jobsites spotless at two of the top industrial trade shows. We’re looking forward to seeing you at Work Truck Week 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana and CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas, Nevada. Plus, we’re bringing exclusive, limited-edition anniversary hats to mark the occasion – because we’ll only turn 30 once. We’ll tell you how to reserve your free hat later.

Two venues, a single solution

These trade shows are pretty different, but what do they have in common? Attendees at both shows deal with messy fluid changes. Sage Oil Vac is bringing a solution to both shows to help take care of the problem: the newly redesigned Class 7 Fuel/Lube Body.

Work Truck Week – March 7-10 (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Work Truck Week 2023 serves as North America’s largest work truck event and provides the opportunity to check out the latest commercial vehicles, equipment and technology. Sage Oil Vac will be in the main exhibit hall at booth 2811. Exhibit hall hours run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9. The exhibit hall will also be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 10. Come see the latest lube truck advancements. Bonus: Stop by for free breakfast starting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG – March 14-18 (Las Vegas, Nevada)

CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the largest construction trade show in North America. With over 2.7 million square feet of exhibitor space and 1,800 exhibitors, this is a one-stop shop for everything you need to run a construction business. Stop by the first level of the South Hall in booth S62329 to learn about spill-free oil changes on the jobsite and opportunities to enhance productivity. Show hours run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The star of the show

At both shows, the Sage Oil Vac crew will be giving an exclusive look at the latest enhancements to the redesigned Class 7 Fuel and Lube Body, including:

Join the party

No party is complete without gifts. We’re bringing exclusive, limited edition Sage Oil Vac anniversary hats and we want to save you one. Check out our Work Truck Week 2023 and CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 landing pages to let us know if you will be attending either show. Don’t miss out, supplies are limited, and we only turn 30 once!

We’re excited to celebrate at our booth to discuss your business needs. We promise to keep it clean!

Come as you are. Any technician who runs a Sage Oil Vac will tell you, cleaning up for the big event after a day in the field is no longer required.

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