When it comes to Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation, equipment size and weight can vary greatly. More importantly, transporting your precious cargo and materials must be done safely, and in such a way that time is not sacrificed by unnecessary, multiple trips.
Spray foam rigs that house your spray foam machine, compressor, generator and various tools are the standard for an increasing number of SPF contractors today. A typical spray foam rig includes a sectioned off work area with a toolbox; a sectioned off area for the machinery – pumps, compressor, generator and more; and, a material storage area.
Shopping Around? Keep Your Eyes Out For These Features
Whether you purchase new or used, spray foam rigs conveniently contain all of the necessary tools and equipment required for SPF application into one, turnkey mobile system.
Here’s what to look for when buying a spray foam rig:
- Trailer Height. This aspect is vital when building or purchasing a spray foam rig. After all, in order to insert your transfer pumps into the 55-gallon drums of chemical you must have a minimum interior trailer height. If your rig’s interior height is too short you face challenges inserting your transfer pumps into the barrels. And with a shorter rig height you will need to tip the barrels to insert pumps – which isn’t an easy task with a 55 gallon barrel full of chemical.
- Insulated Rig. When building a rig it is critical to ensure it is properly insulated. Your chemical must maintain a specific temperature (typically stored between 60-75°F) to work properly. (Note: An insulated rig is just as important in a warm climate as it is in colder climates). Keep in mind, in warmer climates your rig may need to be equipped with air-conditioning, while in a cooler climate you may need a heater. The ceiling, walls and underside of your rig should be insulated with SPF. Foaming the underside of your rig also helps it last longer, especially if you live in an area of the country where salt is used to de-ice the roads.
- Picking your Machine. There are a number of variables that come into play when picking what machine to put in your rig. Ask yourself what type of jobs do you plan on bidding? (i.e., commercial, residential, new construction, roofing)? Do you have previous experience in the SPF industry or will this be your first time taking the leap? The choice is typically between an Electric or Hydraulic proportioner. At Intech Equipment and Supply, we can supply you with the right machine that you need to be most efficient and increase profits. Remember, along with choosing a machine, you will need to choose the proper gun and pumps to match the output.
Don’t Forget the Most Important Part!
Equally as important as choosing your spray foam rig is the professional training you receive on managing your rig, the SPF industry, various application processes, maintenance and safety measures. Intech offers training, and can recommend certification classes throughout the year to keep you up-to-date on the latest techniques and products, equipment and safety.
Contact us today for details!