Jul 07, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic threw the brakes on different parts of the global economy, some industries were brought to a crawl. For others — like some sectors of the construction business — it was a busy time in which general contractors around the U.S. continued to contribute to essential services and infrastructure work.

But for others idled by the virus, it’s created the time and the opportunity to focus on equipment maintenance as a way to both keep the workforce engaged and prepare for when more “normal,” busy operations resumed. In either case, Sage Oil Vac has had a role in the economy’s continued rebound from COVID-19.

“COVID-19 created all sorts of new challenges for our customers, and it took a toll on a lot of the men and women we work with every day,” said Sage Oil Vac CEO Aaron Sage. “Whether it’s been through mobilizing more service capabilities to bring more maintenance to your jobsite or ramping up maintenance operations to be ready when things return, we’ve worked to help keep our customers doing what they do best, making sure equipment that is in the field and on the job is well-maintained and performing at its peak potential.”

Sustaining essential work

In the wake of COVID-19, transportation fleet service and maintenance company operators and contractors working on essential infrastructure projects and jobsites were enabled to continue despite safeguards put into place to limit personal contact and the virus’ spread. Contractors and workers faced social distancing requirements and other recommendations to slow the virus. Often, that created challenges in how service and maintenance was performed. Mobile on-site maintenance was one way contractors not only continued operating on the jobsite, but did so while abiding by social distancing requirements.

“It’s impossible in a lot of cases to take something like an excavator off the jobsite or a truck off the road for maintenance when the service shop was closed or limited in appointments for social distancing,” Sage said. “Our mobile systems helped take oil changes to the jobsite. It helped operators keep trucks and machines running and minimized disruptions, and it also helped better maintain social distancing.”

Getting better for the future

For contractors and fleet managers who weren’t working on essential infrastructure projects, the pandemic created a slower pattern and downtime. Temporary lapses created time windows many — including rental store owners — used to service their equipment fleets, examining equipment maintenance strategies and making changes to improve their overall jobsite productivity. Though the integration of a Sage Oil Vac system can normally be a key component of a company’s growth strategy, the same tactic can help contractors and managers add value to otherwise lost time in the work stoppages.

“The COVID-19 interruption enabled many contractors fleet managers to make changes and integrate equipment that can make them more efficient in the future,” Sage said. “One of those adjustments is adding a Sage Oil Vac mobile system that best enables contractors to do their job based on the specific working conditions they are facing.”

Available in truck or trailer-mounted units, on skids or shop carts, Sage Oil Vac mobile systems are available in a range of sizes and configurations to meet the mobile oil change requirements of any contractor or rental store manager. You can even custom-build a system that meets your needs and fits within an existing footprint of a truck bed or sprinter van with our LubeBuilder™ system offering.


Find out which Sage Oil Vac system is best for your operation here.

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