When you first started out in the asphalt business, you probably were fine just using the smaller drums and totes for your sealers. You had time (and the patience!) to drive to sealer plants, transfer, fill, clean, and maintain the containers. However, as we all know, the fastest path to success is to leverage efficiency. If you want your business to grow, you will need to make sure that the equipment that you are using is growing along with it. You are not going to have an easy time covering the parking lot of a sports center or a shopping mall if you only have small drums.
The Problems With Staying Small
In fact, if you were to try to continue using the smaller drums and totes, it could cause you quite a few problems along the way. It would mean that you have to continue to go to the filling station to get more of the sealer and filling drums and then transferring that sealer to the spray systems.
All of this is going to take time and money. It will take you longer to complete a job, which means you are going to get fewer overall jobs, and your clients are not going to be thrilled that it takes longer to complete their space. You need to go bigger and better for these types of jobs. You need to invest in bulk sealer tanks, which will help you save time and money when you have those big jobs.
Even though this is how many contractors start out, and it is still going to be the preferred method when you are working on small parking lots or driveways, it is the wrong way to go about it when you have a large job.
The Benefits of the Bulk Sealer Tanks
When you choose to use the bulk sealer tanks, sometimes called drop tanks, you will be able to get a substantial amount of the sealer delivered to where you need it. The tanks tend to be capable of holding around 5,000 gallons, but because of weight restrictions, they will typically provide you with about 4,000 gallons of the premixed sealer. Best of all, this can be delivered right to your jobsite, so there is no running around and wasting of time. The supplier can even refill the tank when it is onsite if you need. Find out more here:
What does this mean for you and your crew? One of the big benefits is that you are no longer going to need to worry about downtime. Your crew is going to be able to get to work right away and stay working since they have so much of the product readily available to them. There is not going to be any downtime while they have to wait for someone to go out and fill up their drums and totes.
Even when you consider the overall cost of the bulk sealer tank, you will find that it tends to be well worth it. You will have everything that you need on site, so you can complete your jobs faster, which is certainly going to make your clients happy and will likely make them return customers. They will have good things to say about your company too, when it comes to references. Since you can work faster, it is also going to mean that you can likely complete more jobs in less time, which means more money to your growing company.
Make Sure It Is Right for the Job
Of course, you also want to make sure that the bulk sealer tank is the right call for the job. While it is convenient, you need to be sure that the size of the job is going to warrant the need for a bulk sealer tank. If getting an entire container delivered isn't what you need, check out our in-plant tank fill options to save money while saving time.