In a first for the Classy Truck of the Year competition, we brought more rigs into the garage this year for your consideration. Every other month, starting in February, we doubled down on our featured trucks, putting 18 trucks into the mix for our top truck award at year’s end.
It’s time to review our monthly Classy Truck winners and cast a ballot for your favorite pumping rig from those submitted by readers of Pumper. Your votes will be tallied and added to the picks from our team of COLE Publishing judges to choose a winner for 2016. The top truck and its owner will be featured on the cover of our February 2017 WWETT Show issue.
How do you make a choice from the field of 18? You decide what’s important to you in a pumping work truck. Is it an attractive color scheme? Are you loyal to a truck brand? Maybe you’re a Kenworth guy or a Peterbilt gal. Are a powerful engine or smart convenience features what will put one of the trucks over the top for you? Whatever your priorities, take another close look at the 2016 Classy Trucks and follow the simple instructions below to support your favorite.
But make your pick quickly. Voting ends Dec. 20.
Rotterdam Septic Systems, Rotterdam Junction, New York
Lawrence Ross added a 2014 Peterbilt 365 with a 4,250-gallon aluminum tank and Moro PM80W vacuum pump from Imperial Industries. The truck is powered by a PACCAR MX-13 455 hp engine tied to an Eaton Fuller eight-speed transmission. Features include hand lettering, a lowered rear hose hook for easy use, air-ride cab and chassis, aluminum wheels and fuel tank toolboxes.
Morosky Septic Service, Litchfield, Connecticut
Steve Morosky bought a 2005 International 8600 with a 3,800-gallon steel tank and Jurop/Chandler LC420 pump built out by National Truck Center. The truck is powered by a 400 hp Cummins engine tied to a 10-speed transmission and features diamond plate hose trays and toolboxes, chrome accents and an aluminum freshwater tank. The truck is painted Electron Blue to match Morosky’s 2002 Chevy Corvette.
Dean Septic, Division of Dean Enterprises, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Brad Dean added a 2009 Peterbilt 367 with a 6,000-gallon stainless steel tank and National Vacuum Equipment 866 pump built out by T-Line Equipment. The truck is powered by a 600 hp engine tied to an 18-speed transmission and full-locking differentials. Other features include fill ports on both sides, front and rear sight glasses and chrome accessories.
Mercer’s Septic & Excavating, White Pigeon, Michigan
Jeff and Austin Mercer built out a 2006 Sterling with a 3,000-gallon steel Specialty B Sales tank and Patriot 3000 pump (Magnum Venus Products). The rig is powered by a Caterpillar C-13 380 hp engine matched with a 10-speed Eaton Fuller transmission. The father-and-son team assembled the Viper Red truck featuring aluminum wheels, air-ride seat and work lights.
Wiehr’s Septic Service, Sinai, South Dakota
Gene Wiehr added a 2005 Freightliner M2 built out by Keevac Industries with a 2,300-gallon steel tank and Jurop/Chandler 84 pump and powered by a Caterpillar C7 230 hp engine tied to a six-speed Allison transmission. It features dual 50-gallon fuel tanks, a 30-gallon freshwater tank, Rhino Linings protector on the hose trays and tank, rear work lights and dual toolboxes.
Dundon Plumbing & Heating, Orwell, Vermont
Chris Dundon and his crew built out a 1999 Sterling with a used 2,500-gallon steel tank and Jurop/Chandler R260 pump. The truck is powered by a 300 hp Caterpillar engine tied to a six-speed transmission. They assembled all the parts and painted the truck featuring stainless steel toolbox and wheel covers, LED running lights, work lights and flashers.
Brad’s Septic Service, Battle Ground, Washington
Brad Piesch rejuvenated a 1993 Kenworth T800 with a 3,800-gallon steel tank and Masport pump built out by Engle Fabrication and powered by a Cummins engine tied to a 10-speed Eaton transmission. New features include Alcoa aluminum wheels, paint on the tank, drop axle and LED running lights.
Hartland Septic Service, Fenton, Michigan
Jeff Boutell added a 2015 Kenworth T800 with a 4,200-gallon waste/200-gallon freshwater aluminum tank and Wittig FRL 100 pump built out by Imperial Industries. The truck is powered by a 450 hp Cummins engine and tied to a 13-speed Eaton transmission and features a Garnet SeeLevel, dual toolboxes, many chrome accents and LED running lights.
Russ’s Septic Service, Riverton, Connecticut
Russ Neher added a 2015 Kenworth T880 with a 4,000-gallon steel tank and Jurop/Chandler LC 580 pump from National Truck Center. The truck is powered by a 455 hp PACCAR MX engine tied to an Eaton Fuller eight-speed transmission and features a front sight tube, diamond plate toolbox and hose trays, many chrome accents and a 100-gallon freshwater tank.
Avon Septic and Pumping, Avon, Massachusetts
Joe Aiello purchased a 1997 Peterbilt 357 cab and chassis and added a used 4,700-gallon Curry Supply Co. tank and Masport HXL 400 pump. The former dump truck is powered by a 425 hp Caterpillar engine tied to an Eaton Fuller eight-speed transmission. Spray-on bedliner covers the bottom half of the tank and the truck in its unique original colors carries many chrome accents.
Humbert Sanitary Service, North Canton, Ohio
In 2009, Mike Humbert purchased a 2007 International 7500 with a 4,000-gallon aluminum tank and Masport HXL400WV pump built out by Heritage Truck Equipment. The truck is powered by a 340 hp engine wed to an Eaton Fuller 10-speed transmission. It features rear work lights and LED running lights, an aluminum toolbox and three sight glasses.
Mike’s Septic Service, Eagle River, Wisconsin
Mike Oberg added a 2015 Kenworth T880 truck with a 5,200-gallon steel tank and National Vacuum Equipment 4307 blower from Imperial Industries. The truck is powered by a PACCAR MX13 engine tied to a 13-speed Eaton transmission, and features sight glasses, a temperature gauge, chrome stacks, aluminum wheels, dual aluminum toolboxes and a custom front bumper.
Schulteis Sanitation Inc., Slinger, Wisconsin
Nathan Hill added a 2016 Mack Granite GU533 with a 4,400-gallon aluminum tank and National Vacuum Equipment 4307 blower from Imperial Industries. Power comes from a 345 hp Cummins ISL9 engine tied to an Allison automatic six-speed transmission, with features including Alcoa aluminum wheels, stainless steel visor, chrome accents and a Lincoln automatic chassis greasing system.
Wm. P. McGovern Inc., West Chester, Pennsylvania
Wm. P. McGovern added a 2013 Peterbilt 338 from Vacuum Sales with a 4,600-gallon steel tank and Fruitland RFC 500 pump, and powered by a 500 hp Cummins engine tied to an 18-speed Eaton Fuller transmission. The rig was painted at McGovern and features four sight glasses, diamond plate hose trays, aluminum wheels, stainless steel visor and chrome accents.
Central Septic Service, Woodstown, New Jersey
Cody Mitchell added a 2006 Freightliner M2 built out in-house with a Pik Rite 3,500-gallon steel tank and National Vacuum Equipment Patriot pump package provided by VARCo. The rig is powered by a 335 hp engine connected to a 10-speed Eaton Fuller transmission. Features include an aluminum toolbox and 50-gallon freshwater tank and rear bumper, bucket rack, snake rack and other accessories built in-house.
Family Flush Septic Service, Lisbon, Ohio
Owner Tim Novak added a 2002 Sterling built out by Cooper’s Sandblasting, Minerva, Ohio, with a 3,600-gallon steel Pik Rite tank and Masport HXL75V pump. The truck runs a remanufactured 350 hp Caterpillar engine tied to an Eaton Fuller eight-speed transmission. Novak removed a tag axle and sleeper and had the frame cut and the axles moved back.
Van Delden Wastewater Systems, Boerne, Texas
Courtney Van Delden added a 2016 Kenworth T800 with a 4,000-gallon aluminum tank and Masport HXL400WV pump built out by Tri State Tank. The truck is powered by a Cummins 14.9L ISX15 engine tied to a 10-speed Eaton Fuller transmission. Features include a Titan Logix liquid level gauge, Teletrac Fleet Tracking System, four sight glasses and a pusher axle.
Cast Your Ballot Today!
Step 1. Look over the 18 Classy Trucks for 2016.
Step 2. Choose your favorite.
Step 3. Go online at www.pumper.com/classy and vote.
(One vote per IP address allowed.)
Act now! The deadline for voting is Dec. 20.
Make Your New Rig a Classy Truck!
Seeing your truck in the pages of Pumper is easy!
Step 1. Clean and detail your truck.
Step 2. Take a variety of photos.
Step 3. Send the photos to us, along with a detailed description of the truck and accessories, to firstname.lastname@example.org.