STATE YOUR BUSINESS
The first question to answer is: What are you going to be
spraying? Sounds simple, but the ideal set-up differs from
person to person and your day-to-day business will determine
your rig. Steve Loftis, Manager of Codes and Compliance
with NCFI, says, “Just as there is no one perfect auto, there’s
no one perfect rig. A contractor in Florida will have different
needs than a contractor in Colorado.” According to Tim
Nick, Sales Manager with RevolutionMachinery.com, there
is a simple rubric to help focus the design question:
Are you a homebuilder who will be relying
on jobsite power?
Are you a contractor who sprays mainly
wall insulation with the occasional roof?
Are you a contractor who sprays a mix of
commercial and industrial roofs, air barrier
systems, and large-scale projects?
(cont’d on the next page)
Your answers will help determine many components, but first
and foremost, the size and wattage of the compressor and
generator that you choose. If you answer A, then chances are
good that you can choose a rig with Shore Power, relying
on electricity on the jobsite to power an electric compressor
and generator. If you answer B, then you might want to
look at gas compressors and gas generators. The output is
greater, and so is the freedom. You are not at the mercy
of jobsite power, which can be spotty. If you answer C,
you have larger-scale projects and need greater power,
then you might decide on the combination of a diesel
generator and an electric compressor.
This rubric is handy, but a word of caution.
“You need to figure out if you want a generator that is big
enough to run all your equipment, your compressor, your
work lights, anything electrical,” says PMC’s Murphy
Lapolla’s President and CEO, Doug Kramer adds that one
of the biggest mistakes contractors make when choosing
a new rig is that they start out too small and choose an
undersized machine, even though they are warned: “We
always say, ‘You’re only making money when the trigger
is pulled’.” Often the contractors come back and get more
hose and bigger machines.
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