10 standard truck sizes
If your truck washing area can only accommodate 10 standard truck sizes, then a manual truck washing system will do. However, the downside of this system is that, the actual labor will take more than an hour for a truck to be washed. Its labor intensiveness can impact your operation costs and even your revenue. The fewer workers you pay, the better it is for your business.
Up to 20 fleets
If your area can accommodate up to 20 fleets, then you should invest on a single brush truck wash. The good thing about automatic truck washing systems is that they can wash trucks so much faster or in less time compared to manual way of washing trucks. A single truck can be washed in 10 minutes. You can reduce your workers and at the same time, make happy customers with the swiftness of your service. Also, automatic truck wash systems clean trucks thoroughly as they can get to areas which can be impossible for a manual laborer to reach. The prices of a single brush truck wash ranges from $10,000 to more or less, $45,000. Also, there is no need for you to put up a wash bay or structure as truck washing can be done even on mobile. You just have to set up a draining system which runs directly to a ditch or garden bed.
Up to 30 trucks
If what you have is a bigger space which can accommodate up to 30 trucks, you can opt for roll over truck wash. A truck needs to be stationary in order for it to be cleaned thoroughly. In an hour, this type of automatic truck washing systems can wash between 6 to 10 trucks in an hour. Washing is conducted by an automated gantry which has three brushes to wash the truck on its sides and roof. It uses high pressure water jets and applicators with chemicals which drain to a specified dirt area.
Lastly, one of the fastest truck washing systems is drive-thru which can wash trucks in just about 2 to 3 minutes. However, the downside is that, trucks are not washed as thoroughly as those washed using gantry. A fleet driver can just slowly drive through the wash bay and he can drive out as quickly as he needs to get back on the road for more jobs to accomplish.