Product Spotlight: Class 5 Lube Bodies

April 25, 2017


Here’s why Sage Oil Vac Class 5 lube bodies are helping meet a growing demand

Class 5 lube bodies and service trucks comprise just one category of a range of service vehicles that keep machinery working on the jobsite. But a shortage of qualified labor and general decline in the number of operators with CDLs has stirred major interest in Class 5 trucks to perform on-site equipment and machinery maintenance.

Increasing costs and issues like ever-changing regulations to earn and retain commercial certification required of many heavy transportation jobs have contributed to a general decline in the number of CDL drivers on the road today. As a result, equipment rental company owners, heavy equipment operators and others in the machinery business face a changing workforce. This is one in which CDLs are increasingly uncommon.

Meeting growing demand

That’s created new demand for service vehicles that don’t require a CDL. Currently, this comprises Class 5 and Class 6 vehicles. Larger Class 7 and Class 8 trucks require a commercial license. These trucks are more common for delivering fuel, lubrication and general maintenance services to jobsites. Class 5 vehicles have a weight capacity of 19,500 pounds. A CDL is required for any vehicle above 26,000 pounds.

“For a lot of our customers, we’re just seeing a general decline in the number of CDLs and drivers with experience with larger trucks,” said Sage Oil Vac CEO Aaron Sage. “It’s changing how a lot of companies approach providing equipment service on the jobsite.”

A major component of that change is the rise in popularity of Class 5 trucks due to smaller size. Rental fleet managers and heavy equipment contractors can glean major value from Sage Oil Vac Class 5 lube bodies.

Sage Oil Vac Class 5 systems

A Class 5 Sage Oil Vac 55AB-6200 lube truck body helps transform a Ford F-550 or Ram 5500 truck into a heavy-duty maintenance vehicle. When compared to larger Class 7 or Class 8 trucks, the 55AB-6200 yields a more nimble, efficient service vehicle size. This makes it a viable option for maintaining a range of equipment on the jobsite. Anything ranging from rental generators to large excavators.

“Especially for operators servicing multiple jobsites or who have to travel over long distances or in challenging terrain, Class 5 trucks are a good answer. They can get where larger tandem-axle trucks can’t,” Aaron said. “Sometimes it’s not always intuitive that a smaller truck could deliver the same maintenance service more efficiently and cost-effectively. But if your circumstances are right, a Class 5 truck can do just that.”

Part of that equation is the Class 5 truck’s flexibility and user-friendly operation. These combined help the operator efficiently service multiple jobsites. The patented Sage Oil Vac pressure and vacuum system allows for vacuum filling from a range of product tanks ranging from 60 to 180 gallons. Bulk fill controls on the driver’s side and LED fluid level indicators at the back of the cabinet near fluid reels create new convenience and efficiency for the operator, while the Sage Oil Vac Filter Receptacle and Filter Stinger help keep oil changes clean. And beyond simply more efficient operations, these components help equipment perform at its peak capacity longer by streamlining maintenance.

Keeping up with the Class 5 trend

Aaron said he expects demand for Class 5 maintenance vehicles to continue to increase as service providers look to keep their operations efficient and flexible. And, Sage Oil Vac will keep up with that trend.

“We’ll keep listening to our customers and adjusting our Class 5 trucks, knowing we can help them keep their operations cost-effective and efficient,” Aaron said. “Sometimes it’s hard to make a change like this, transitioning to a smaller service vehicle. But we’re confident we can offer owners new levels of performance and efficiency. That will continue to be our main focus in delivering these types of solutions to our customers.”

Get in touch with us today if you’re interested in moving your service fleet to Class 5.